Alto Boquete

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    • Day 162

      Exploring Boquete

      February 16, 2020 in Panama ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Jonny and Becky left after breakfast this morning and we decided to go to Boquete to have a look at this nearby mountain village. It's only some 20km away, but the climate is a lot different as it's higher up in the mountains. There is a constant rain or mist which is quite refreshing.
      Max and Ken gave us a lift up, as they went to a music festival there, so we had another day off the bikes. We walked around, looked at the fair grounds where they had a flower festival last month and peaked into some coffee and chocolate shops. Herbert was impressed by the beer selection in the supermarket. In general, the supermarket had lots of different products - a way better offer than any of the other supermarkets we had seen in Panama before.
      After some hours of exploring, we took the bus back to Dolega. We went for a swim, fed the dogs and cooked Bratkartoffeln for everyone for dinner.
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    • Day 160

      Looking for an exchange office

      February 14, 2020 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Our day started with a nice ride through the region South of the Panamerican Highway to avoid traffic. The flat and slightly downhill route combined with very few cars made it easy for us to look at the scenery while cycling. The road wasn't the smoothest, but so much better than cars on the highway!
      First, we went to Puerto Pedegral to see the mangroves and wetlands there. We were a bit disappointed as most of the area was locked, so there wasn't much to see.
      Next, we headed to the city of David. What a nightmare! So much traffic and really crazy drivers! No fun to cycle here - how should we survive Panama City??
      We also looked for a place to exchange money as we had missed this at the border. But after checking several banks and shops with no luck, we gave up. Hopefully, we can find something in Panama City.
      As we didn't like David, we decided to go straight North towards Dolega where we could stay with Max and Ken. The highway was busy again, no fun cycling. We were a little frustrated because of the experience in David and a busy highway with more crazy drivers and headwinds, so pulled over at a supermarket. In this moment, a car stopped, a lady jumped out and gave us a coke each. They had seen us struggling on the road - how nice! 2 minutes later, another family came and gave us some pastries. We were thinking of just staying at the supermarket, seemed to be a great place for hungry and thirsty cyclists 😂
      However, we continued and passed a bridge over a river. Quite some locals bathing, so we joined them, before continuing to Dolega. Here, we were welcome by Becky and Jonny, a cycling couple from the UK who are also staying here and are heading North towards Canada. Perfect, so we can exchange recommendations! We jumped into the pool and shared a beer before Max and Ken arrived. They had been on a music festival during the day. The night, we spent playing "Mexican train", a version of dominos, with everyone. What a nice day in the end!
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    • Day 7

      Wursten stand heute an 😅😂

      July 9, 2022 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

      Heute ging es in die Metzgerei von meiner Mama und Frank . Wir haben heute knapp 80 kg Fleisch verarbeitet und verschiedene Wurstsorten hergestellt.

      Ich muss ehrlich sagen habe noch nie so eine leckere und frische Wurst gegessen 😊Read more

    • Day 161

      A lazy day in Panama

      February 15, 2020 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Today, we decided to do nothing but relax. We started the morning with a coffee at the pool watching the sunrise. Afterwards, we had breakfast, did some research for the last days in Panama and went swimming in the pool. In the afternoon, we exchanged lots of information about possible routes and places to stay or visit with Jonny and Becky.
      For dinner, Jonny and Becky spoilt everyone with a yummy Shakshuka. We closed the night again with a round of Mexican train.
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    • Day 8

      13. Panama - Boquete

      August 30, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      We arrived in the highlands of Boquete early afternoon, and immediately enjoyed a much cooler and less humid climate. At 4000 feet above sea level, it’s a lush, green area located on the Caldera River, and is decorated throughout with beautiful, colorful flowers and trees and surrounded by mountains, including the local volcano Vulcan Baru. The main strip was a hodgepodge; from a food perspective, there were places with typical American bar food, local places that sold only the typical Central American meal (rice, beans, small salad, and meat, usually pollo), and fine dining options as well. Smoothies are popular here, and quite delicious since papaya, banana & pineapple are readily available everywhere.

      One of the things I’m interested in during this trip is the concept of “retirement abroad”. As you might imagine, your dollars (which are the official currency here), go much further here than in the USA. Our coffee tour guide, (discussed later) has a monthly salary of $700. His is considered a good job.

      Boquete has a large ex-pat community (7,000 of the 19,000 residents) that is growing rapidly. The community is experiencing typical growing pains; while they welcome the jobs associated with development, and economic buying power of the new inhabitants, they bemoan the depletion of forests and farms that are being sold and cleared out to make room for more gated-community developments. That aside, the area is stunning in its natural beauty.
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    • Day 21

      Day 22 - Boquete

      May 7, 2023 in Panama

      Early am last swim, quick breakfast then off on the boat back to Bocas town, and another boat to the mainland. 4 hour bus ride down through Panamá, the whole ride was mainly just dense greenery and waterfalls! Boquete is right in the Hills (I think about 2.5k mtrs altitude) and next to Volcán Baru. Town seems quite spread out, with a small but busy town Centre with a river running through one side.

      After visiting the school, picked up by David, the step dad of the host family im staying with. House is pretty basic but all good and has all the life of a busy family house - and a very cute cat called Mimi (mouse replacement for the week)! Maryam is the mum, and sells flowers at local market. She has 3 kids who are in and out of the house - all seem lovely, and great to be able to practice speaking with everyone in Spanish!
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    • Day 10

      Mini 3 Day Trip to Boquete

      February 23, 2023 in Panama ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

      Drove 5 hrs yesterday to travel to a mountain resort area called Boquete. Booked an AirB&B called Casa Tropical. Her gardens, flowers, and 2bdr., 2 baths are lovely.
      The mountains, the flowers, rock formations, waterfalls, and horseback riding were just a few of the sites during today's outings.Read more

    • Day 17

      Von Bocas nach Boquete

      March 25, 2018 in Panama ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Die letzte Nacht war ruhiger und besser und so starteten wir nach einem kleinen Frühstück kurz nach 10 zu unserem Touranbieter. Um 11 startete dann das Wassertaxi zum Festland und von dort kurze Zeit später der Bus nach Boquete. Der Bus war so eng, dass man kaum die Beine zwischen Sitz und Vordersitz stecken konnte. Irgendwie quer und in den Gang herein konnten wir dann doch irgendwie sitzen und freuten uns schon auf 4 Stunden Enge. Die erste Hälfte der Fahrt ging es durch den Nebelwald und Dschungel Panamas hoch und runter durch saftig grüne Landschaften bis wir plötzlich auf der Straße hielten. Ein Faultier überquerte die Straße. Und da diese Geschöpfe nicht für ihre Schnelligkeit bekannt sind, sprang eine Mitfahrerin aus dem minibus und trug es ein paar Meter. Als wir dann das Gebirge überquert hatten, änderte sich die Landschaft prompt. Es wurde nadliger und trocken. Ein Wahnsinns Unterschied. Gegen halb 4 waren wir dann in Boquete angekommen und riefen ein uns Taxi zur Unterkunft.
      Und nun ja. Die Frage nach dem Preis für die Fahrt von 5 Minuten haben wir dann missinterpretiert. Wir dachten er will 7 Dollar, wir gaben ihm am Ziel angekommen anschließend erstmal nur 5 und nachdem sich niemand wirklich zuckte, fuhr er davon. In unsrem kleinen Hostel angekommen erfuhren wir, dass die Taxen für den Weg in die Stadt 60 Cent nehmen. Das hatten wir dann wohl deutlich überbezahlt... Aber: Karma is a bitch, auch im positiven Sinne. Denn nach einem kurzen Check in wollten wir zurück in die Stadt etwas essen. Und mit dem richtigen Preis im Gepäck stellten wir uns an die Hauptstraße. Dort hielt kurze Zeit später ein amerikanischer Opa an und nahm uns kostenfrei mit. Da er wie wir zu einem italienischen Restaurant wollte, fuhr er uns gleich bis vor die Tür. Sonntags ist halt Pizzatag. Das Essen war gut und mit ein paar Insidertips von unserem Chauffeur wagten wir uns auf die Straße und erkundigten uns etwas über den Aufstieg zum Vulkan. Dazu morgen mehr. Im Supermarkt trafen wir zwei andere Deutsche aus unserem Hostel und siehe da - sie waren mit dem Mietwagen da und nahmen uns gleich mit zurück. Nach dem überteuerten Taxi also dann zwei Freifahrten ;)
      Den Abend verbrachten wir in geselliger Runde mit weiteren 4 deutschen Reisenden (alle unser Alter) auf der Hostelcouch und tauschten uns über unsere Reisen und Erfahrungen aus. Morgen werden wir nicht allzu viel unternehmen, denn wir planen die kommende Nacht einen Aufstieg auf den Vulkan Baru. 5 Stunden bergauf, um zum Sonnenaufgang oben zu sein. Es kribbelt schon.
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    • Day 22

      Day 23 - Boquete

      May 8, 2023 in Panama ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Early wake up, and patacones and coffee for breakfast 👌 short walk from the house to the school. Teacher Maricelle seems sweet, lovely to have lessons outside in a quiet garden of the school. After lesson had pre migraine nap, then walk round town in the afternoon. Sat in the park for a while, chatted, got food and started a bit of columbia planning. Theres a very slow pace feel to the town, very chill (apparently this is a real hot spot for US retirees?) back to the house for dinner with the family (rice and beans, very tasty) and an early nightRead more

    • Day 7

      Endlich kühler

      March 16, 2023 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      Wir verlassen das heisse Bocas nach einem späten panamaischem Frühstück mit dem Boot und steigen für 4 h in einen Bus, der uns nach Boquete in das kühle Hochland bringt.

      Wir haben eine wirklich schöne Unterkunft gefunden und erkunden ein bisschen die Stadt, die nach Boquete sehr modern wirkt.

      Nach einem Abendessen in Daddys Grill sind wir sehr erschöpft schon um 8 schlafen gegangen.
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