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  • Day166

    Boquete, Panama

    April 1, 2017 in Panama

    A breath of fresh air.

    Boquete lies in the Chiriqui Highlands in the west of Panama, in the shadow of Panama's highest (but still not that high) peak, Volcan Baru. It's a reknowned adventure sport hub, comprising of the Americans who partake in these and the locals who guide them.

    I like Boquete, if anything because it's cool. Cool enough to give us some sanity between what we faced in our last two stops and what we will face in Panama City. It's also clean and stunningly picturesque. Flowers (the old burgain villia above all!) bloom everywhere, the air smells fresh, the river is clean and the traffic is minimal as Boquete is almost at the literal end of the road. Birds too, chirp audibly at every location. It's just so darn peaceful!

    We met up with Mike and Char again and opted for a waterfall hike - the cheapest activity on the list. It was only a short taxi ride away, but it was almost enough to cost us our lives as the old fart took every corner like it was the final bend on Mt Panorama. Unfortunately we took the first track we came across with a waterfall sign, paid our $5 and went for a walk. It wasn't until we found the one and only waterfall that we'd realised we had done the wrong walk. We backtracked to the road and found the Lost Waterfalls sign we were looking for, reluctantly paid another $7 to begin the hike we were supposed to. The day made for some gruelling climbing and plenty of waterfalls, and ended up being much longer than we anticipated after we walked the whole way back to town - over 20km in fact. As you do, we treated ourselves to a hard earned drink at the (surely american-owned) brewery pausing only to let two nappy-wearing baby monkeys play on our shoulders. Not kidding.

    The next day was relaxing. Cat and I proceeded to undertake our own 'food tour' of Boquete (really who needs a tour guide on a food tour - just follow your nose!). It began with coffee and cake (of which we ate way too much) and continued with delightful pulled beef sandwiches and an incredible fresh strawberry shake. In between of course there was rest, research and one of my best runs on tour - cool, scenic and quiet up through the hills of Boquete in the twilight. We also enjoyed a delicious meal at Big Daddys grill. There are a lot of American expats living here and it shows in the dining options - at least the employees are still largely spanish speaking locals! Fish tacos and curly fries to die for...yum! Depsite splashing out on this meal, prices are unquestionably lower than that of Costa Rica and for that matter - Bocas del Toro where food prices appear to have been hiked for import costs to the island. A welcome reprive.

    Onwards to the baking heat and hustle of Panama City. An hour on a chicken bus followed by eight on a coach. Looks like I'll be getting some episodes of Narcos under my belt!
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  • Day85

    Regenbogenland

    December 20, 2017 in Panama

    Boquete liegt im Hochland von Panama, nicht weit vom Volcán Barú, der die letzten Jahrhunderte aber keine Aktivitäten gezeigt hat. Nicht ganz so hoch in den Bergen wie meine vorletzte Unterkunft ist es aber auch hier tropisch grün. Es wird Kaffee angebaut und generell viel Obst und Gemüse. Wir haben uns etwas außerhalb in einer kleinen Anlage mit herrlichem Garten und eigenem Kaffee-Anbau einquartiert. Das Wetter ist tagsüber gut, aber abends ziehen regelmäßig Wolken auf, es ist stürmisch und es regnet. Ergebnis sind aber wunderschöne Regenbogen 🌈 jeden Morgen.

    Während Matthias heute endlich sein verlorenes Gepäck in David abholen kann (erfolgreich!), habe ich eine Raftingtour gebucht. Der Fluss ist allerdings fast an der Grenze zu Costa Rica, so dass zuerst eine Autofahrt vor uns liegt. Als wir ankommen sieht man zudem besorgte Gesichter unserer Guides und schnell verstehen wir ihre Unzufriedenheit. Fluß aufwärts liegt ein Stromkraftwerk, das vom Staat betrieben wird. Dieser hat damit auch die Hoheit über die Dämme. Und zumindest heute hilft alles gut zureden nichts, die Schleusen bleiben geschlossen 🙁. Die Konsequenz daraus bemerken wir schnell. Nach Besteigen der Boote treiben wir zunächst einige Zeit vor uns hin, als jedoch die Stromschnellen beginnen ist der Wasserpegel zu niedrig, um sie zu passieren, regelmäßig bleiben wir an den großen Steinen hängen. Den Guides bleibt nicht anderes übrig, als oft auszusteigen und die Boote 🛶 einige Meter zu schieben oder zu ziehen. Aussteigen lassen möchten sie uns auch nicht, denn die Steine sind glitschig und die Strömung dann abschnittsweise dann doch stark und man rutscht leicht aus. Am Ufer sieht man, dass der Fluß vor kurzem bestimmt 1,50m höher stand und ich kann mir gut vorstellen wie es dann hier aussehen würde. An einigen Stellen ist es dann doch etwas wilder und ich falle natürlich prompt aus dem Boot und hole mir einen schönen großen blauen Fleck an einem Felsen ab! Der Trip dauert doppelt so lang wie üblich und am Ende sind alle froh, als wir wieder wohlbehalten am Ufer stehen.

    Auch am nächsten Morgen verziehen sich die Regenwolken schnell und so steht dem Ausflug zum Wasserfall sowie den Petroglyphen in der Nähe nichts im Weg. Der Parque Arqueológico de Piedra Pintada ist kaum zu finden; man durchquert über ein privates Grundstück auf dem Pferde und Kühe weiden und gerade wenn man denkt, dass man komplett falsch ist erreicht man ein kleines Tor, dass den Park beschildert. Die in den Fels eingeritzten Zeichnungen sind mehr als 1000 Jahre alt und die Bedeutung ist auch nicht so ganz klar.
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  • Day334

    Meine tropische Residenz

    August 2, 2017 in Panama

    Zentralamerika bietet vor allem Strand und Inseln, aber ich will mal wieder Wandern, Berge und Natur. Das bot Boquete, was direkt am Fuß des Vulkans Baru liegt.
    Um dort auch standesgemäß zu residieren, buchte ich mich in das dortige Schloss ein. Dies hatte alle Annehmlichkeiten, die man sich nur wünschen konnte. So kann man im Jacuzzi entspannen, im Pool schwimmen oder einen Turm, der zur Kletterwand umfunktioniert wurde, besteigen. Das bezieht die gigantische Aussicht noch nicht mit ein.
    Boquete selbst ist ein recht kleiner Ort, der vom und mit dem Tourismus lebt. Wie im Rest Panamas konnte ich auch hier feststellen, das der Anteil an Englisch Sprechern deutlich größer ist, als in Südamerika. Was jedoch immer noch gering genug ist, um die Janosch Touristen verzweifeln zu lassen und über die geringen Sprachfähigkeiten mäkeln lässt.
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  • Day75

    Boquete, Panamá

    March 31, 2017 in Panama

    A couple of wrong turns, one decent hike and a couple of sneaky brewery trips. Oh and some fresh mountain air - yay for not sweating 24/7!

    Boquete is a small town in the mountains of western Panama with the most local feel that we've had in a while, even though there are many American expats who have retired here. The town itself isn't particularly anything to rave about but it's a relaxed place and it's popularity comes from the amount of outdoor activities there are to do in its surroundings. There are many hikes to do, white-water rafting, hot springs to see and other activities, some of which don't really cater to the old backpacker budget but we're making do.

    Day one started off as a bit of a mere with a walk to essentially nowhere. We intended to walk to a garden that took inspiration from Alice and Wonderland in the hills, (sounds random, I know) but got sidetracked along the way when we saw a sign for a lookout instead. Our spontaneity didn't take the win on this occasion as we walked more than the 1.7km advertised and there was no lookout to be seen, nor did the locals we asked have any idea about it. Defeated and hungry, we headed back to the town for a regroup.

    The afternoon was more successful with an outing to a local bakery come cafe for some sweet treats, followed by a visit to the local microbrewery for a sampling of their beers. It's definitely been a while between pints so it was nice to have a bit of familiarity in that respect! Unfortunately I was unable to finally get my cider fix, (non-existent in this part of the world as far as we've seen) as they were waiting to reload the keg the following day but we settled for their IPA and an amber ale, and later the pale ale from their guest beer list. All were decent brews and it was a great place to chill out for the afternoon. A cheeky bowl of free popcorn on the side was a nice touch too.

    We'd saved our big hike for our second day as we knew Cat and Rich would be catching up to us again. And a big hike it was. We'd toyed with the idea of hiking nearby Volcán Baru, but it sounded like a tough gig starting the walk at 11pm to catch the sunrise at the summit. Deciding we couldn't hack the idea of another volcano and valuing our sleep, we set our sights lower with a hike called the Lost Waterfalls. Let's just say we were the ones getting lost.

    A slightly hairy taxi ride from Boquete town finished with us realising we'd been dropped at the wrong place, so we walked a kilometre on the road to the waterfall we were after - or so we thought. We parted with $5USD each and started walking through some farm lands and crops and reached the waterfall within about twenty minutes. This was supposed to be the first of three waterfalls but it was the end of the path, which is when we started realising that maybe we'd come to the wrong place. Our fears were confirmed when we asked a couple of farmers on our way back where the hike was that we were looking for, for both of them to point to the other side of the valley. Damn. Annoyed that we'd managed to waste $5USD each on the wrong walk and not even one particularly worth doing, the four of us decided that if we'd come this far, we may as well do the hike we intended to do in the first place.

    Only a couple of hundred metres further around the corner from the entrance of the first hike was a clearly marked sign for the Lost waterfalls. Typical. We parted with another $7USD (these hikes are on private land) and continued on with what was a great hike. The trails took us on muddy paths through the jungle and had us scaling up and down hills constantly, with three impressively tall and gushing waterfalls to see along the way. We had intended to swim at the base of one of the waterfalls but considering the water was coming from the mountains you can imagine it was absolutely freezing. While it was warm when hiking around, it was quite cold in the forest when we stopped, especially after a wee lunch break at the top of one of the waterfalls, so we decided we'd save the swim for another day.

    It was still only early afternoon by the time we'd done all this so we thought we may as well just walk back to the town from waterfalls too. Probably lucky we'd planned to do this as no taxis or buses went past until we were almost back in the town so we didn't have much of a choice anyway! It ended up being about 10km back to Boquete along the road which took us a good couple of hours, so by the time we got back, the four of us had well and truly earned another trip to the brewery. And it was happy hour, so it would have been rude not to!

    This time they had cider on tap, albeit not of the apple variety like Cat and I were after. Orange or passionfruit were the options so we had one of each and they went down a treat. The boys opted for the IPA and I've never seen Rich savour a beer so much! Admittedly it's probably one of the most expensive beers we've had this trip but still cheap by western standards.

    Our drinks were interrupted by the entrance of a lady who must have had a few screws loose, complete with two baby howler monkeys on her head. She saw our reactions and then proceeded to put a monkey each on Cat and I, which left us both a bit lost for words and uncomfortable. Not so much because we had monkeys on our head but more wondering why she had them in the first place. Central Americans have been known to keep all sorts of wild animals as pets. Supposedly she worked for an animal rescue place and would release them back into the wild when they reached three years old, but I wasn't sure why they needed to be at a bar. The more contact with people these animals have, the less likely they are to have a successful release into the wild. I can only hope this isn't a regular occurrence.

    Next up is the last bus journey of the trip, may as well make it a long one. It's one hour back to David via chicken bus, then seven hours to Panama City on the best bus we've seen in a while - a double decker coach, complete with air-conditioning. It seems we've done a full circle since Mexico!
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  • Day139

    Boquete

    May 15, 2017 in Panama

    Even though Alena had told me so much about Boquete I still expected something completely different! Somehow I thought Boquete was this little village along a little road next to a river up a mountain. Boquete is basically just one street. But this one is like a proper road. Also the town is a lot more wealthy than most of the places I've seen in the last month. Lots of international restaurants and fancy shops. Proper houses with nicely cut gardens. Almost everybody seems to have their own car. But maybe this is not special to Boquete but actually just normal in Panama? They do have the canal and are definitely a richer country compared to Nicaragua or El Salvador. Also a lot of international people were living here and lots of western stuff was available all over town.
    Of course this isn't necessarily a bad thing I just had to adjust my expectations that this was not the authentic little village with an old Panamanian Lady selling coffee in a rustic cafe.
    When we arrived to the hostel we were greeted by the owner and his dogs. I understood immediately why Alena felt so much at home here. The hostel was one of the nicest and cleanest I have stayed and the stuff was super friendly and open hearted.
    We had a quick shower and headed out again to the Brewery Factory. On the way we made a quick stop at another restaurant to say hello to some of Alenas friends. At the brewery we got some snacks from a food truck integrated in the bar and some of the good beer. I choose the coconut one. Sounds weirder than it was ;)
    I liked the design and the vibe of the place a lot.
    Usually there is life music at night but we missed it due to our belated journey. We shared a table with some guys from David and after a while Adam joined us. Adam was a guy Alena had met the week before who was playing at the Brewery and other places around town. When the brewery closed we walked over to Taboo Lounge - a bar that belongs to the only night club in town which was unfortunately closed tonight. We were the only people here and actually not really up for another drink but Adam said we should have one more cocktail together. So we went for purple rain - a new creation by one of the bartenders. They came in huge glasses and the bartender switched the music to purple rain immediately. Everybody took pictures of us and our huge cocktails and we figured we gonna show up on a lot of Instagram profiles tomorrow ;)
    The bar filled up more and more and Adam seemed to know everybody. We ended up having another cocktail before we headed over to Mamallenas Hostal to visit Isaac, another of Alenas friends. We hung out for a while but I was super tired so we went home with just a quick stop at the 24h supermarket to buy breakfast for the next day.
    The next morning after breakfast we took a collectivo to get towards the quetzal trail as we wanted to go for a hike around the area. The driver dropped us of at a crossroad but we walked quite a while from here without finding the trail. After a while we got to the turnoff for another trail to 3 waterfalls and as Alena hadn't seen that one as well we decided to take it.
    The hike was partly more a climb but that made it more exciting and fun. When we got to the last waterfall we weren't sure if the guy at the entrance had said "you can climb up to the top of the waterfall" or "you shouldn't climb up to the top of the waterfall". Actually I had just seen him pointing to the top of the waterfall on a picture and assumed he was telling us to go there. So we decided we would just keep on going along the trail and see if it was possible. It was possible. And even though we are still not sure we were supposed to go up there it was definitely worth it.
    When we got back to the street afterwards a collectivo picked us up right there. It started raining shortly after we got into the car so I guess we did everything right.
    Back in town we went to one of Alenas favorite places for quesadillas and smoothies.
    As it was Alenas last night she invited some of her friends for a home cooked dinner at the hostel. She made Spaghetti Bolognese and a salad that could have fed 10 people easily. Unfortunately we were only 5 but it gave us all something to eat the next day.
    The dinner was really nice and it was nice meeting Alenas friends here.
    The next morning I walked around town one last time with Alena and she showed me where the hostel used to be and another new hostel the owner is working on.
    After I walked Alena to her bus I walked around town by myself for a while and found a little market.
    Later I went back to that new hostel with the owner as he wanted some tips for the bathroom (I should start saying I'm a teacher or something). I think I didn't really help him as we talked about different options but kind of figured just the one he didn't like was working but it was nice to see a Panamanian construction side. When we got back to the hostel it started to rain again so I stayed inside on the sofa next to the reception and made some travel plans for the next days. For dinner I had some of the leftovers from the night before and I kind of didn't leave my spot on the sofa talking to other guests and stuff till I went to bed.
    The next morning I left early to catch the bus to head back towards the Pacific Coast again.
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  • Day15

    In Boquete verweilen wir nur 2 Nächte, um wandern zu gehen. Wir machen uns früh morgens auf zum Pipeline Trail, um einen Quetzal zu entdecken. Tatsächlich gelingt es uns zwei dieser schönen Vögel zu entdecken. Leider sind sie Kamerascheu.. aber bei Google findet man viele schöne Fotos 😁

  • Day5

    Boquete - Wandern: Spaß oder Qual?

    October 13, 2016 in Panama

    Nach der Ruhe in der Karibik geht's weiter mit dem Nachtbus nach Boquete (bei gefühlten -10 Grad dank Klimaanlage❄❄❄), um dort schon einmal unsere Wanderschuhe etwas warm zu laufen. Das Wetter lässt am ersten Tag leider etwas zu wünschen übrig, was den ersten Hike zu den "Hidden Waterfalls" zu einer unterhaltsamen Rutschpartie und Matsch Schlacht werden lässt. 😂⛅💧☁
    Unter den Voraussetzungen fällt auch die Entscheidung, ob um Mitternacht noch der Anstieg auf den Vulkan angegangen werden sollte (2.000 Höhenmeter, 6h hoch und dann auch wieder runter😨) dann doch nach etwas hin und her schnell negativ aus.
    Stattdessen geht es am nächsten Morgen auf den Quetzales Trail, eine 6h Wanderung auf ca. 2.500 Meter Höhe.🌳🌄🌳 Die Aussicht und auch der Weg warens definitiv wert, aber die echt gemeinen, ca. 0,5 bis 1 m hohen Stufen, die die letzten 20 Minuten des Anstieg auf uns warteten, ließen uns dann doch etwas an unserer körperlichen Fitness zweifeln 😅. Für Peru müssen wir definitiv noch etwas trainieren!!! 💪👟
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  • Day12

    Boquete

    March 25 in Panama

    In boquete a cho, siwer schnäll in ischi unnerchunft ga d‘ruckseck dartüe und de diräkt eppis ga ässu. Zum glick, will emabu isch im ganzu dorf der strom ewäg gsi und alli beize hend züegita. Im näbilwald fam nationalpark la amistad heiwer isch de ufu wäg gmacht der quetzalvogil zgse und si erfolgrich gsi, wie mu ufum letschtu foto gseht (vilicht is öi en grossi päja).
    Iner letscht nacht heiwer es unagnähms erläbnis ka: vor ischum zimmer isch eppis grossus hin und her gseklut und hed aner vergittrut port fam hüs grüttlut. Di patron druf agsprochu, hed isch de nid genau wellu säge was das gsi isch. Wie wier erfahru hei gits uriwohner und grossi tieri wie leoparde und wildschwii wa alli nid seli gäru tourischte hend.Read more

  • Day31

    Boquete, Panama

    January 28 in Panama

    Unsere zweite Woche Spanischunterricht fand in Boquete statt. Hier konnten wir außerdem noch Wanderungen in den panamaischen Regenwald und zu versteckten Wasserfällen unternehmen 👟

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