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Published: April 5th 2007
Getting out of Cartagena by plane took a whille as the airline and police required a few hours to check us 4 gringos in. As we were going with a Dash 8, there were only a few other passengers with us and we nearly left on time! Arriving in Panama City was a bit of a suprise as the skyline looks more like New York than Central America. Pnama is full of retired US Americans and you can enjoy a lot of fast food and real chocolate! We spent 2 days in Panama City having breakfast in Dunkin Donuts, dinner in WendyÂ´s, going out etc. Panama is trying hard to attract foreign investors and retirees and they seem to have some success as it is full of Americans over 60.
We then decided to take a typical backpacker route and headed straight to Bocas del Toro. For one reason or another we managed to arrive in Almirante in the middle of the night and of course no boats were going anymore. Almirante didnÂ´t seem like a nice place and the bus driver was convinced that we are in big danger getting of the bus. However, we found a cheap
place to sleep a few hours and on the next day we were in Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon. The town itself doesnÂ´t have any beaches and it is necessary to arrange boat trips etc on a daily basis. The sorrounding islands and beaches are all unique and really beautiful. Transport can be a problem as there is always a risk that your boat doesnÂ´t pick you up at the arranged time. This happened to us, but it is easy to find another boat. Again, Bocas is full of retired foreigners and young backpackers, which makes a funny combination.
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