The arrival of cruise ships continues to be important for Panamanian tourism in recent years. In 2013, the economic impact of this tourist segment once again contributed more than $45 million dollars to the national economy. Panamanian ports annually receive an average of 135 cruise ships.
A visit to El Valle de Antón without seeing any orchids is unforgivable for residents of this tourist sector that houses the largest variety of these plants and protects them in a conservation center administered by El Valle peasants, under the guidance of a Japanese group.
After the road is built to the El Caño Archaeological Park in the province of Coclé, it will take less than five minutes to reach this important historical site from the Pan-American Highway, thus facilitating access for the over 2,000 tourists who visit the site monthly.