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Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá December 12th 2018

Nach den ganzen Reisestrapazen in Südamerika war es nun an der Zeit mal ein wenig zu relaxen und für längere Zeit, nämlich ganze 5 Tage, mal am gleichen Ort zu bleiben. Ich habe mich dabei für Panama entschieden. Nach einem relativ kurzen Flug von Lima war ich dann auch schon in Panama und erfreut dass es nicht regnete, denn der Wetterbericht für die nächsten paar Tage zeigte durchgehend Regen an. Panama Stadt ist ein Paradies für Architekturinstressierte, denn in der Stadt wimmelt es nur so von Hochhäusern. Doch auch die Tierwelt kommt nicht zu kurz. Wenn man der schönen Meerpromenade entlang läuft, muss man nicht lange warten und man sieht Kormorane, Pelikane und viele andere Vögel. Aber am berühmtesten ist Panama natürlich durch den Panama Kanal. Dieses Bauwerk ist extrem wichtig für die Schifffahrt, da der ... read more
Panama Kanal
Historischer Stadtteil und Hochhäuser im Hintergrund
Casco Viejo

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Chiriquí » Boquete December 12th 2018

Tues 11-Wed 12 December - Day 46 to 47 – Boquete, Panama but day 56 of our travels including Colombia The day was beautiful as we went back to the Panama mainland by boat. We then travelled by minivan onto the highlands and the charming mountain village of Boquete. The 3 hour drive was beautiful through the heavily vegetated highlands. Roads were windy with the occasional bad patched needing repair. One the way we stopped to view the massive dam and hydro electric syste, the biggest in Panama. Located on the eastern slopes of the Volcan Barú, Boquete is quickly becoming a destination for those who wish to bask in the cooler climate and marvel at the exquisite vistas. The climate was very different to the island we had just come from. There was misty rain ... read more
Hydro Electric dam on the way to Boquetta Panama (7)
Boquete Panama - Volcano Baru (3)
Boquete Panama (18)


It seems that my post from yesterday did not send out the usual e mail alerts. So this one is a dummy! Just go back to the previous post from our Maiden Cruise, please.... read more


Sun 9-Mon 10 December - Day 44 to 45 - Bocas del Toro My next story is very’ interesting’. Leaving our San Jose, Costa Rican hotel at 5.30am to catch the 6.00pm bus to Panama we travelled through some mountainous area through the fog before coming out the other side onto rural plains. We travelled for 5 hours to the boarder where we were required to pay a departure tax of US$8 and to enter Panama, we only had to show our departure arrangements from Panama before getting our tourist stamp in our passports. Australians don’t need visas to visit Panama. All was going well as we got off the bus and was walking to pay our $$ to leave Costa Rica. We noticed that the whole area was a building site. Backhoes, cranes, trucks, you ... read more
Dinner at El Rerata Bocas Town on Colon Island Panama (5)
Star Fish Beach on Colon Island Panama  - Tom loving the beach
Star Fish Beach on Colon Island Panama  (8)


Just home from our first real cruise....we had a 3 day cruise out of Sydney several years ago over Australia Day to give us a taste. This was 14 days with 5 ports of call on a very big ship! Pics tell the story. Click on the first to expand. Stay tuned for our winter adventure coming up after Christmas...one we have been planning for several years... Ecuador; Quito, Cuenca, Galapagos and Upper Amazon. Peru; Lima, overland 12 day tour to Nasca Lines, Lake Titicaca (3812m or 12 500 feet elevation) Cusco and Machu Picchu.... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Guatemala December 7th 2018

On Wednesday morning we rrived into Puerto Quetzal about 9am.This is the gateway to Guatemala for most ships and cargo.. Our included tour today was to be 6 hours in length so we were prepared for a long bus ride before reaching our destination, the city of Antigua. This had been the capital in colonial times and contained many beautiful old buildings. To get there was an almost two hour bus trip into the central highlands of Guatemala. On board the bus we were pleased to find a lunch bag containing two rolls, two packets of chips and an apple each. This would keep the hungry bugs at bay. We had also brought our books in case the trip was boring. We left at 10am and headed inland. Our guide, Jose, talked to us about the ... read more
Closer view of the volcano
Smoking volcano and lava paths visible
repair work


Thurs 6-Fri 7 December - Day 41 to 42 - La Fortuna and return to San Jose for 1 night Our next journey took us through the mountains of the cloud forest using a combination of minivans and boats. The first leg to Lake Arenal took about one hour 30 minutes and the landscape was truly spectacular. Rolling hills eventually give way to the distant views of Arenal Volcano but we didn’t stop for photos as the clouds were very thick and low at the lookouts. Stopping by the side of the road, we walk down a dirt path to our boat on the shores of Lake Arenal. The scenery was truly stunning of the lake and we travel for approximately an hour slowly approaching Arenal Volcano. Once we reach the other side, we boarded another ... read more
We hired a motor scooter for the day in La Fortuna (2)
Arenal Lake near La Fortuna (10)
Arenal Observatory Resort and Spa (21)

Central America Caribbean » Nicaragua December 6th 2018

Sunday morning we awoke to sea and sky as we cruised towards Costa Rica. It was a full day at sea which we spent enjoying the ship. We have got to know some of the other guests and certainly staff. Our favourite bar in the Atrium, known as The Living Room, is manned by a mixture of nationalities including Indonesian, Phillipino, Chinese and Peruvian. Eddie is the “star” here, enjoying customers applause as he performs his “tricks” like catching blocks of ice in a glass behind his back and floating coasters to us from the back of his hand. He is always smiling and seems to know all the guests’ names. We usually have breakfast and lunch in the World Café on Deck 7 and then go to either the Restaurant or one of the two ... read more
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Street scene in Puntarenas
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Tues 4-Wed 5 December - Day 39 to 40 - Santa Elena Travelling back through the old town of Quepos, once a very important port for the exportation of bananas we then ascend a steep and bumpy mountain road that offered great views over lush green hills that flatten to meet the Pacific Ocean. On the way we stopped at the crocodile river and had a short coffee break. After 3 ½ hours we reached the small town of Santa Elena, nestled up in the clouds and established by American Quakers in the 1950's. After dropping our bags off at the Don Taco Hotel which was at a top of a hill overlooking the town, we visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the mysterious endangered Quetzal, a very rare and timid bird with incredibly ... read more
TreeTop Bridges Walk  Monteverde Costa Rica (5)
TreeTop Bridges Walk  Monteverde Costa Rica
Monteverde Cloud Forest National Park Costa Rica -Quetzal (52)


Sun 2-Mon 3 December - Day 37 to 38 - Manuel Antonio We travel from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast, through very lush green countryside to the small village of Manuel Antonio, where we visited the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. We checked into the Manuel Antonio Hotel which was 5 minutes walk from the entrance to the Park and just across the road from the beautiful beach. The water was brilliant turquoise and sand white with some pebbles to negotiate on the way into the water. We had got up at 4.00am for a 4.30am departure so that we were in the Park by 8.30am to beat the crowd. We organised a guide ($15USD each) which was worth every cent. Costa Rica uses the Colone ... read more
Manuel Antonio Sunset (3)
Manuel Antonio Nationaal Park Costa Rica - White-faced Monkeys (15)
Manuel Antonio Nationaal Park Costa Rica - Racoons (4)




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