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Almirante

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  • Day493

    North? Or South....?!

    September 21, 2017 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    So our original plan was to drive to Panama, and as it sounded pretty complicated and expensive to ship south we were going to sell Elvis here and fly home. That plan had been out of the window for a while as we were so loving life out here, and we'd decided to drive back north to the states, store the van somewhere (possibly Jo's relatives in Arizona). We would then return another time with more funds and then ship from Mexico to South America for another big adventure.

    As soon as we left our most southernly point (Johnny Fiestas!) a day started driving north we had pangs of regrets and started to reconsider...

    We'd been looking into remotely registering the van in the US and it was a huge pain in the arse, plus the costs involved in insuring it when it was dormant there would quickly add up, and undoubtedly there would need to be repairs after years in the hot/cold extremes of that part of the world. We'd worked out we wouldn't be able to make it back home in time for Christmas, so had decided spring would be a good time to try and re-acclimatise to British weather.

    We also thought that you never know what would happen in the future, and tearing yourself away from lives in the UK is never an easy thing to do, sooooo maybe we should make the most of the opportunity now.... We have at least 6 more months on the road and Panama is the normal jumping off point for South America. We'd also discovered that it wasn't going to be as expensive as we'd thought, and we luckily found a couple of aussie dudes to share a container with, which would half the costs.

    The biggest downside to this decision was the fact we were due to meet my little sister in the Yucatan (Mexico) in early November, and we were so looking forward to seeing family again, as well as touring with her and Nick for a while. She helped make the decision easier by telling us not to spoil 6 months just for the sake of 2 weeks with them, but it was still a tough call.

    So after much deliberating we finally decided - we were going back to South America!
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  • Day493

    Pacific to Caribbean in 4 hours!

    September 21, 2017 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Back in the Caribbean again :) And fortunately far enough away from any nasty hurricanes.

    The drive from the Pacific Coast, departing from the amazing Johnny Fiestas hostel at Las Lajas over the mountains to Bocas Del Toro, was gorgeous. The western side was a beautiful open hillside with some big trees, but at the 1,000m top was cloud forest and then down into lush tropical rain forest. It's definitely warmer this side, and we spent a hot night in a parking spot waiting to get the early boat out, and leaving Elvis settled.

    We're arrived in the islands of Bocas Del Toro (literally mouths of the bull) and after a bit of trouble found a room that would take Maya. I call it a room but at midday it was more like a sauna, so headed out to find the nearest beach. We were pretty unimpressed with this hot & expensive party town so jumped in a water taxi over to Bastiamento Island, and it was a different world! No cars and just a couple of paths winding across the island - much like Little Corn Island in Nicaragua.

    We lucked out and got a fantastic room built out over the water, so instant dips to cool down and a lovely breeze. The first day we walked 20 minutes across the island to Wizard Beach, which makes it into our top 10 beach list - and considering how extensively we have travelled that's quite an exclusive list! The next day we chilled, and on the 3rd day we kayaked out to hospital point on the next island over for snorkelling and relaxing in a private bay.

    A couple of quick water taxis and we were back at the van, having picked up a guy we shared a boat with for the drive back across the mountains. Guess where we ended up - Johnny Fiestas of course!
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