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    • Day 7

      Suche nach dem versteckten Wasserfall

      March 29 in Panama ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Auf dem Weg auf die Karibik-Seite von Panama haben wir heute noch eine Übernachtung in den Bergen im Landesinneren eingelegt.
      Wir kamen schon am frühen Nachmittag an. Ein Selfmade-Hostel eines Bob Marley Fans, sehr interessant...
      Da wir nun noch etwas Zeit hatten, habe ich bei Google Maps in der Nähe einen Wasserfall gefunden, der sogar mit dem Auto erreichbar sein sollte. Also machten wir uns auf den Weg. Die erste Straße sollte eine Abzweigung haben, die jedoch nicht existierte. Die andere Möglichkeit war ein Weg, der vermutlich nur mit Allrad-Jeeps bezwungen werden kann. Unser SUV hat es irgendwie auch geschafft. Ich hoffe, er ist nicht zu stark beschädigt...
      Als wir das Auto endlich abgestellt haben, ging es zu Fuß weiter, aber der Weg war überall abgesperrt. Wir sind trotzdem weiter, haben aber den richtigen Wasserfall nicht gefunden. Wer weiß, was Google Maps sich da ausgedacht hat.
      Etwas abenteuerlich war dann auch das Abendessen. Wir haben vor allem den Preis nicht verstanden. Wir haben zu viert incl. Getränken so viel bezahlt, wie bisher meist für nur ein Gericht.
      Jetzt lassen wir den Abend gemütlich auf der Terrasse des Hostels ausklingen.
      Die Temperaturen sind hier auf 1.700m Höhe zum Abkühlen gut geeignet nach den letzten und vor den nächsten Nächten.
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    • Day 7


      December 11, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Kurzer Zwischenstopp in Boquete, eine Kleinstadt unmittelbar am Vulkan Baru, für dessen Besteigung uns jedoch die Zeit fehlt(6 h Aufstieg, Start Mitternachts). Heute geht's weiter nach Bocas del Toro 🏝️Read more

    • Day 159

      Final border crossing in Central America

      February 13, 2020 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Early start to get the first boat to Golfito leaving at 6am. We were lucky to get there 20 minutes before as it was full and some people even had to wait for the next boat. As it's Costa Rica, things were relatively organised: only one desk to pay for the ticket, a price for the bike as well and everyone on the boat got a seat and a life vest.
      After 20 minutes, we arrived safely at the other side. Golfito is really cute, a Golf within the Golf (best to see on a map again), surrounded by rainforest.
      From Golfito, we headed towards the border to Panama. We took some smaller roads again, pretty much in the the middle of nowhere and some bad gravel as well, but everything was green and hilly and there was only very few traffic.
      Before getting to the border crossing post, there's 2 roads running in parallel, one in Panama, one in Costa Rica. Theoretically, you can just cross, but it's probably better to get our proper stamps considering we want to travel some more countries on our trip...
      So we continued to the immigration office a little further up the roads - and were sent back as we hadn't officially left Costa Rica yet. This was just the immigration to Panama. So we had to go back some 500 meters on a different road, pay 9US$ exit fee (got a receipt for 8$ only) and received our stamp. We then headed back to Panama immigration and saw some Americans discussing with the lady behind the counter. Seemed like they had problems getting in. They wanted a printout of an onward flight ticket from us and we told them we were travelling by bike and leaving Panama by boat. We could even show them an email. After some discussion, we were fine and got our stamps.
      The whole procedure seems to be pretty random. The lady asked me if I could help translating for the Americans. They needed to prove that they were leaving the country again. When I talked to them, they told me they were on holidays in Costa Rica, had a flight ticket from Costa Rica back home (which they could show on their iPad) and a parking ticket on the Costa Rican side (in their hands) as they only wanted to spend a day on the Panama side. This was obviously not enough proof that they were going to leave the country, the lady insisted on them having also a bus ticket out of the country which they didn't have. Interesting policies!
      I guess it was a bit of luck for us and also being able to speak at least some Spanish, so an email reservation confirmation for a boat was sufficient for us to enter country number 10.
      We finished the last 25km to La Concepción, where we found an AirBnB and spent the night talking to our host Edwin.
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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 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 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 163

      Sauna ride

      February 17, 2020 in Panama ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      After our little holiday in (Max' and Ken's) paradise, we were well rested to continue our last stretch in Central America. We left after breakfast and started with some beautiful remote roads, the first 10km even dirt. Most of the time, we could see Panama's "spine". This is the mountain range splitting the country into the Carribean and the Pacific side and - at least from what we see - is permanently covered in clouds.
      Afterwards, we hit the Panamerican highway again. We dreaded this and expected heaps of traffic. However, it wasn't too bad: Most of the time, it had a wide shoulder and traffic was ok, only very few trucks. The shoulder was quite dirty with glass and broken tyres, but our tyres seem to have survived it without a puncture.
      As it was 46°C today, we felt like being in a sauna and had to stop at supermarkets twice to buy more drinks. The supermarkets were disappointing, not many products in general, almost no fresh produce, quite expensive and all run by Chinese.
      However, we met Gregorio in one of them. He was on his way back to the capital and very interested in our trip. He gave us his number, so he can help us out once we get to Panama City.
      We decided to stay in Las Lajas. We were not too motivated to camp in this heat, so decided to check out a hostel. When talking to the owner in Spanish, I noticed a strong German accent - most likely from the Leipzig area. We switched to German and Christian confirmed. He gave us a little discount on the room, so we decided to stay.
      We still went to the beach for a swim - nice ride through green landscape. The beach was empty and huge. As Herbert saw a fin swimming around on the water surface, he immediately run back to the beach. Don't know which creature was on the other end of the fin.
      On the way back, we passed the 13000 km mark 💪 A good excuse to enjoy a Panamanian beer on our porch while watching first a flock of green parrots and later the stars in the sky.
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    • Day 62

      Boquete und doch keine Vulkanwanderung

      May 5, 2022 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

      Vom 2. bis 5. Mai sind wir in Boquete. Die versprochene Zeitdauer des organisierten Transportes von ca. 3.5 Stunden überschreiten wir um weitere 3 Stunden, was vorallem auf Wartezeit (worauf auch immer) und Regen zurückzuführen ist. Wir kommen dann aber am Montag Abend gut im bereits dunklen Boquete an und können mit einer Notiz an unserem Schlüssel, Feierabend wird hier anscheinend pünktlich gemacht, im Arte Hostal einchecken.

      Boquete liegt auf 1131 müM und ist bekannt für verschiedene Wanderungen, Wasserfälle und vorallem den Vulkan Baru. Die Aussicht vom Vulkan aus zum Sonnenaufgang ist ein grosser Touristenhotspot, den wir dann aber wegen schlechtem Wetter sein lassen. So traurig bin ich nicht darüber, denn die 6 Stunden hochwandern und dann wieder runter, kann ich mir bei nassen Wegen bildlich vorstellen und dankend sparen. ⛰️

      Wir gehen dann bei überraschenden Sonnenschein am nächstem Morgen los und wollen die drei "lost waterfalls" betrachten gehen. Wir steigen in das nächste Colectivo ein, fahren bis zum Beginn des Trails und sind mit die ersten, die an diesem Tag die Erklimmung der Wege wagen. Die Wasserfälle sind sehr schön, wie auch das Laufen im Schatten des Sonnenscheins in den grünen Wäldern. 💧🏞☀️

      Zurück im Ort besuchen wir die Brewery, sowie eine Gelateria, kaufen eine weitere Züpfe ein, bevor es Abendessen in einem lokalen Restaurant im Kantinenstil gibt und wir gut und verhältnismässig günstig essen gehen.

      Der nächste Tag startet mit Regen und leider finden an diesem Tag keine Touren durch die lokale Imkerei statt. So besuchen wir einfach den Shop und ich befinde mich hier definitiv im Honig-Himmel! 🐝🍯

      Viel mehr gibt es dann wegen dem Regen für uns nicht zu sehen oder zu machen und wir fahren am Mittwoch an die Pazifikküste weiter, gut 300km, nach Santa Catalina.
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    • Veraguas und Chiriqui

      July 3, 2022 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

      Das sind zwei "Bundesländer" im Süd-Westen von Panama. Wir versprechen uns ein weniger schwülheisses Klima und durchqueren die Peninsula de Azuero mit Ziel Santiago, der Hauptstadt von Veraguas. Paula hatte gestern den letzten Arbeitstag bei Nick und möchte mit uns nach Santiago, das auch ein "Bus-Hub" ist. Wir nehmen sie gerne mit, damit sie morgen ihre neue Arbeitsstelle auf einem Segelschiff in Colon ansteuern kann.
      In Santiago müssen wir wieder einmal einkaufen und uns organisieren. Wir finden dort auch einen überraschend guten Standplatz auf einer Terpel-Tankstelle mit bester Infrastruktur: 24-h-Restaurant mit Toiletten und Douchen und gaaanz viel Parkplatz, der sich jedoch gegen Abend immer mehr mit Brummis füllt. Nach unserem Randstein-Apero lassen wir uns bedienen und stellen wieder das Organisations-Talent der Südamerikaner fest, das offenbar auch hier nicht besser ist: Die mit allerlei Kleinigkeiten überlastete Kassierin bewirkt eine unendliche Schlange wartender Kunden, welche wiederum den übrigen Mitarbeitern "easygoing" ermöglicht.
      Wir starten früh in Richtung Las Palmas, dem spektakulären Wasserfall, der uns von Alejandero empfohlen wurde. Wirklich schön, jedoch infolge "vorherrschender Nässe und vielen Moskitos" ungeeignet zum Übernachten.
      Mittlerweile im "Chiriki" erinnern wir uns einem Tip von Maria: An der Playa "Las Lajas" lässt uns Kerin auf seinem Badeplatz am Meer übernachten. Wir werden von einem wahrhaft starken Gewitter mit sintflutartigem Regen überrascht. - Puah: feucht, feucht, feucht...
      Also: ab in die Berge nach Boquete auf ca 1100 müm. Zwar regnet es auch hier, ...aber bedeutend weniger nass (übrigens: es ist Regenzeit!) ...und der Standplatz ist vom feinsten. Boquete ist ein sehr beliebter Alterswohnsitz vermögender Panamesen und hier wird Kaffe angebaut und viele Früchte und Gemüse. Wir lassen uns im Restaurant verwöhnen und heute zeigte sich doch tatsächlich wieder einmal einige Stunden die Sonne. - So kann man sich doch von den Strapazen erholen ...und ich hatte ein weiteres Mal Zeit, mich meinem klappernden Kühlschrank zu widmen.
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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

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