El Valle de Anton (what we call “The Valley”) has an elevation of about 1,800 feet. The Valley itself is five by six kilometres (a little more than 3 miles by less than 4 miles). You’ve got basically two paved roads that go out of the Valley. The serious bikers take those when they go out of the Valley and into the hills. You could also take a road bike when going up the hill from the Inter-American highway, from close to the Pacific Ocean near Palmar, all the way, 28 kilometres (17 miles) to El Valle, and of course, back down. These roads are paved but you need a lot of gears to get on the one at the other end of the valley. It’s sort of steep getting down.
If you stay in the Valley, it’s flat enough so that you never have to go up a hill… or at least not much.
There is the Balboa Off-Road Association for Mountain Bikers that goes mountain biking every Sunday. It’s based in Panama City (about 2 hours from El Valle by car) but they take some interesting trips to a variety of places. And if you’re into that sort of thing you can just take your bike and join them and go for a ride. If Panama City is close enough for you, you could take advantage of clubs and everything that else that is in Panama City. And then you could spend the rest of the day in the City and come back later.
Definitely one of the advantages El Valle has over Boquete and Volcan and places further away is El Valle’s nice geographical placement. El Valle is a small town but at the same time not so far away from Panama City if you want to go to the city. In a few hours, you could have as much city as you want.