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Dec 21st Puerto Amador and Panama City We left the ship this time by tender (lifeboats that were lowered from the top of the ship).It was a twenty minute boat ride to the terminal,but enjoyable when it is 83F outside.It was an interesting ride over on the boat Rick came over and took our picture and then Wayne came over to take our picture on the boat. The two guys that were sitting beside us said “Are you famous”! Of course, Ron said “Yes, in Canada we are” The guys actually sympathized with us and cursed the paparazzi. We spent sometime trying to get a tour to Embero Indian Village. Leisa had found a beat up taxi around the side of the building for only $25 a piece. When we went over to talk to him, ... read more
Leisa and Rick on the tender
Us on the tender
Another beautiful harbour

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City January 7th 2011

Panama City. After the Hurricane Tomas incident, the only time we were to have in Panama was a nine-hour layover between Costa Rica and Ecuador. In 540 minutes, Sandra and I managed to take exactly 560 pictures. Enjoy. ... read more
Panama City.
The Miraflores Lock
The Canal Gates

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City November 1st 2010

Cerro Ancon (Ancon Hill) is a 654-foot hill with a view to Panama City. It was under U.S. jurisdiction as a part of the Panama Canal Zone for much of the 20th century. When in 1671 the pirate Henry Morgan came to Panama City, first he climbed to Ancon Hill to see the local defenses. Nowadays you will get a wonderful view from Ancon Hill to the new city, constructed after Morgan's destruction of the old one (Panama Viejo). Also you will get a view to Panama Canal and Las Americas bridge. A Panamanian flag proudly flutters on the top of Cerro Ancon. There are a lot of birds flying over the Ancon hill. We met a group of people, doing some ecology project. They come to Ancon Hill EVERY DAY and make photos ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City October 30th 2010

So im relaxing in a hammock which thanks to jonny has been broken and re-tied dangerously high after a home cooked tomato and saussage pasta shared with the boys. apparently the panama canal is world famous so this morning we decided to see what the fuss is all about. Up early we decided to take the cultural 'chicken buses'to the canal. We were told they are called this because on market day athe locals put their chickens on the roof, but the way we were crammed suggest that the name represents the treatment you get- but for 25cents who can complain?. Anyway we all loved it! especially cause nobody spoke a word of enlish! within two minutes jonny had given $1 to who we thought was the bus conducter to pay for the 4 of us. ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City October 24th 2010

When our plane finally landed we rented a car and got going to Puntarenas where our boat Samantha was at at the time. When we got there my dad had some shipping problems with both a hooka, a scuba diving item that we bought for the trip, and something that my dad brought down on a plane. Since we had to wait until Monday to get the stuff we thought we should go on a road trip to a National Park that was recommended for its wild life. The place was called Manuel Antonio. On the drive there were signs that first said 80 kilometers to the place we were going then 120 kilometers which was funny. We couldn't get there before dark so we stayed in a hotel and my bed was in a ... read more
Olly's Folly
A Deer
A Monkey

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City October 11th 2010

Hola, Greetings from Isla Tobago. We're on a small island a few miles out in the bay from Panama City. Its about an hour's ferry ride from town. We arrived yesterday with a boat load of day-trippers, but once the last ferry left it was like we were the only visitors on the island. We walked down to a great little restaurant at the only other hotel on the island, Hotel Vereda Tropical. The meal was fantastic and we were the only ones there. We sat outdoors on a balcony overlooking the bay. Everything was perfect-the view, the food, the breeze. They were playing some really nice easy listening jazz by Diane Kroll. We all got up and slow danced while we waited on our food. Our young waitress just watched and smiled. We nosed around ... read more
ARRIVING ISLA TOBAGO
ISLAND STILL LIFE
DANCING WITH THE STARS

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City October 10th 2010

Hola Bloggers, Greetings from beautiful Panama City. Arrived safely and made it to our lodgings, La Estancia. A nice boutique hotel in the former US occupied canal zone. Monkeys and paraketes right outside our balcony. Dinner last night at Mi Ranchito on the causway. We're taking a ferry this morning over to Isla Toboga which is about an hour away for a day on the beach, the tomorrow we rent a 4x4 and take off on the panamerican highway to see the rest of the country. We'll try to emain more later, Caio, David and Malialani... read more
Panama city
Leading into the canal
Our Neighbors

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City October 9th 2010

(June 26- July 2, 2010) Once we were back to Panama City there was only a day and a half before Jeff had to leave. So we only had one real day to do a couple of the major things that we had planned. We headed out early Saturday to take a ferry ride over to Tobaga Island. There are two ferries out each morning and two back in the afternoon. But according to everyone there’s not much on the island so it wasn’t really an option to stay there all day with the boys. We wanted to take the first morning ferry out and then right back again. Miguel was sure they would laugh at me when I bought tickets to go out and then straight back. They didn’t laugh, but I did definitely get ... read more
On the ferry
Panama Canal
The Gang

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City September 20th 2010

So August 30th (day 347 on the road) and the mad dash for home begins. To be fair we still have 108 days before our flight from Cape Town to Heathrow which makes it sound like we have a lot of time left. However I say mad dash because our flight to South Africa is booked for Nov 12th from JFK in New York giving us 74 days to get from Panama city to JFK (which is a long way going overland) and the intention is to see every country in Central America (all 7 of them) then Mexico and the US and hopefully, if we can squeeze it in at some point, however its unlikely, Cuba. Panama City So anyway into Panama City we arrived and thankfully at least with our luggage this time, but ... read more
Miraflores Lock
Panama Canal
Panama City

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City September 10th 2010

Well we had finally finished up with South America, and the next part of our adventure - travelling through Central America - was about the begin. Our flight from Bogota (once we managed to get on the actual flight), was non-eventful and on time. When we arrived in Panama City we were already impressed after stepping off the plane. The hot weather, the palm trees everywhere, and the carribbean accented english/spanish. We rocked up at one of the few hostels available in Panama City - staying in the old town (Luna's Castle). Panama City itself was very intersting, it was lively, and vibrant, and very busy. Along one stretch, near the coastal highway there are loads of high rises. And in the old town there are many restored old style buildings and architecture. The currency is ... read more
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