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Central America Caribbean » Panama » Coclé February 24th 2013

Sunday, February 24th Playa El Palmar, San Carlos We arrived in Panama City last night at 7:15 pm.(EST) right on time. The flight was six and half hours long but we can't say enough good things about Copa Airlines. The plane was new, with mini televisions in the back of each headrest that offered four new movie releases, movie classics, sitcoms, comedies, and games. Also, we were pleasantly surprised when the crew served lunch and dinner as well as complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks. We highly recommed Copa Airlines in your future travel plans. Tocumen International Airport is modern and easy to navigate. We made it through customs in no time at all, and found Budget Rental Car located right outside the doors that exited customs. The car rental representative was very nice and helpful, ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City February 23rd 2013

The last night in our jungle lodge was interesting. When we left our chalet for dinner there was a member of staff outside with a torch. He was there to tell us to tread carefully because a poisonous viper had decided to have a sleep in the middle of the path. It was definitely time to leave. The stupid Copa airlines 03:52 flight from Manaus to Panama got even more stupid when the aircon on the plane broke after take-off. They could either leave it on freezing or boiling. They decided on freezing. It was so cold you could see your breath. And so to sweltering Panama. We got chatting to an elderly American couple at the airport. They live here. They told us roughly what to expect – high rise concrete, traffic jams, banks and ... read more
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BOCAS BOUND: After three and a half weeks we're leaving our "home" at the lost and found for Bocas Del Toro. Bocas is made up of several islands, but only three of them are the main tourists destinations: Isla Colon (the main island), Isla Bastimentos, and Isla Carenero. We currently have reservations at the Mar E Iguana hostel on Isla Colon. They have given us an opportunity to volunteer there but we only have a little over a week before we need to start making our way to the Pacific side of Costa Rica. I wish the festival was in March so we could cover the Caribbean side of Costa Rica after Bocas. Looks like we'll have to go back through David one more time, ugh. The main island has a reputation for being a crazy ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City February 17th 2013

Day 478 Thursday 31st January Got up at 8.30 feeling like we could have slept till midday. I don’t know why but yesterday knocked the stuffing out of us and we both felt wrecked. After breakfast we took a long time to get into gear and head out the door to explore the city. Hadn’t planned on anything today other than just checking out our new environment, which was probably the best plan in the state we were in. Panama City has supposedly a population of 1.2 million but looks like it would be double that. Pedestrian wise, walking the streets the city doesn’t feel that congested, but the traffic is horrendous and the drivers are really, really aggressive. I am sure most would gladly run over their Grandmothers to get through ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Panama » Chiriquí » Cerro Punta February 16th 2013

I know you've all been waiting on the edge of your seat for a new update, so here goes. (Also, I'm sorry there are no pictures, but I will add them to the blog later and republish it. You'll have to wait a week, though, because I'm headed to Culbra again tomorrow morning.) I left off a few days before I set out for Culebra, to Erick Olmos' cattle rancho in the middle of Parque Internacional La Amistad. Alejandro and I left Finca Dracula at 5am to get a taxi to Boquete where we grabbed some breakfast, bought some supplies, and hit the trail by 8am. Nine and a half hours, with mud and water in my too-big, too-short boots, we made it to the rancho. As we crested the hill and saw it for the ... read more

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Central America Caribbean » Panama » Chiriquí February 12th 2013

BOQUETE: Yesterday Nico, a tour guide at the L&F, took us to the Caldera River and hot springs. He's lived in Panama for over six years, starting out in the Peace Core, and owns his own car. I was so excited to take something other than a cramped bus; at least until he crowded 4 of us in the back seat of his small Hyundai Sedan! It was a cozy hour and a half ride to say the least. The first place he took us was to the ancient petroglyphs, carved in lava rock. The locals that preserve the sight chalk in the carvings so they definitely don't look thousands of years old. Legend has it that the drawings are actually a treasure map that leads to gold buried with a very powerful chief. There are ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama February 11th 2013

Adventures in bus travel: Sitting on the bus from David, waiting for them to pack it to the brim, reminds me of a scene out of a comedy. There are about seven babies aboard, and about eight people yelling in Spanish on their cell phones simultaneously. These bus rides are not for the claustrophobic. Even I feel like the walls are closing is as they cram every last inch with people, even resorting to sitting on buckets or standing in front of the doors. The aisles have disappeared; not that they were more than a foot across to begin with. The interesting thing is the majority of the people in Panama are moderately overweight, or have a few kids on their hips. This country is all about procreating! Even when I get sat next to an ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá February 11th 2013

Well we have been in our "not so little condo" by the sea since January 29th when we rolled down the highway from David. It is a far cry from the other places we've been staying in as it has a full kitchen with hot and cold water, 2 full bathrooms, 3 bedrooms and 2 balconies over looking the Pacific Ocean and a peek-a-boo view of the pool. We are on the forth floor. It even has a washer and dryer! We pay about $33.00 per night which is cheaper than the hostels we were staying at. The area we live has a mix of apartment towers, estates, middle class residential homes and private clubs. A dirt road below our window heads directly to the beach with a private club between us and the beach. When ... read more
It's a tough life I tell  ya!
Gettin my tan on....
Ian's stir fry

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Colón February 11th 2013

We arranged to couch surf with a Slovakian guy who lived on the Caribbean coast so we headed to the bus terminal to catch a bus to Colon. Once in Colon we had to wait an hour or so for a chicken bus to Daniel's house. There was a big line, I chatted with a local a bit which paid off when we got on the bus. It was like a Walmart stampede on black Friday, people pushing shoving and running to the bus. We didn't have a chance because we had our packs on and our hands were full of groceries as there wasn't a store near Daniel's place so we had to bring food with us. We couldn't hardly walk on the bus, the guy I had chatted with saved us a seat but ... read more


So we were looking for some balance in Panama...and after experiencing modernity of the capital, mild climate of the cloud forest and hills we were finally headed towards the coast. We did not expect much. In fact we were not even very excited. We thought Bocas del Toro will be well too touristy for us, too modern and too overcrowded. However, we wanted to be on the beach for a while and it was the best choice around. So far Panama had been very pleasant and we did not encounter any tourism-related problems i.e. scams, overcharging, theft etc. But the moment we got off the bus in the port town of Almirante we noticed different behaviour towards us. Suddenly the taxi driver wanted 5$ for a silly 1km journey and would not let go and follow ... read more
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