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  • Day161

    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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    Florian Köppl

    Herbert bist du gerade am Verlieren, oder geht es darum, wer die meisten Steine sammelt? 😉

    Florian Köppl

    Sieht sehr entspannend aus. 👍😎

    Her Bert

    Ich hab fürs Bild ein paar Steine dazu gelegt. Eigentlich war mein Brett schon leer 😜

    Her Bert

    Das war es in der Tat 😁

  • Day162

    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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    Johann Kuhlmann

    Flens, ich fass es nicht!

    Meike Grothe

    Und Paulaner und Erdinger... Wir waren auch überrascht!

  • Day163

    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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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Vielen Dank für eure ausführliche Berichterstattung ! Es ist jeden Tag interessant und kurzweilig zu lesen. Mich fasziniert auch, dass ihr immer wieder Leute trefft, die euch helfen oder wie heute, sogar Landsleute sind.😊Auch scheint es immer wlan zu geben👍

    Elisa Köppl

    Alles klingt spanisch, wenn man ein „os“ dranhängt 😁

  • Day159

    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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  • Day160

    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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  • Day81

    Bajo Boquete (Panama)

    December 11, 2018 in Panama ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Was verbindet man klassisch mit der Weihnachtszeit? Sand, schwitzen, Sonnencreme und blaue Flecken vom Surfen (bzw. davon nicht akzeptieren zu können, dass man es besser sein lässt)? Hier in Panama ist außer die scheußliche Dekoration und der ein oder andere Weihnachtssong nichts von der kalten und gemütlichen Zeit zu spüren!

    Ich tingel zwischen dem karibischen und pazifischen Meer hin und her und ich denke, das ist was dieses Land für mich so besonders macht. Von einem Meer zum anderen führt der Weg diesmal durch Boquete und den Regenwald am Vulkan, der dieses tolle Land entstehen ließ und immer noch aktiv ist. Joa, was erwartet einen im Regenwald? Viel Wasser von oben 😂 aber auch mal angenehme Temperaturen um 22 Grad zum durchatmen und wunderschöne Wanderwege.

    Hier habe ich wieder tolle Menschen getroffen und wir sind nun eine kleine Community, die sich Weihnachten im Nationalpark in Costa Rica wieder trifft. Somit ist glücklicherweise auch meine größte Angst, Weihnachten alleine feiern zu müssen, weg und ich freue mich unendlich auf die letzten 5 Wochen, kann aber nur schwer glauben, dass ich am Samstag schon 3 Monate unterwegs bin.
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    Steffen Seidler

    Top Weihnachten nicht allein ist sehr schön zu hören. 😊

    Magdalena von Zons

    Wir freuen uns sehr für Dich, dass Du Weihnachten nicht alleine bist. Das wird bestimmt ein unvergessliches Erlebnis 👌... einmal ganz anders.

  • Day112

    Auf der Kaffeeplantage

    June 30, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Da im Hochland um Boquete der beste Kaffee der Welt angebaut wird gehört eine Tour zur Kaffeeplantage zum touristischen Standardprogramm. 😉 Mein Guide Javier war vom Fach und hat mir viel über Kaffeeanbau und -verarbeitung erzählt. Es werden hier etliche Kaffeesorten angebaut: je nach Höhenlage der Felder, Bodenbeschaffenheit und gewünschtem Ertragsreichtum werden Catuay, Caturra, Bourbón, Geisha etc. angebaut. Der Ge(i)sha-Kaffee (mal mit, mal ohne i geschrieben) ist der zur weltweit besten Kaffeesorte gekürte. Er schmeckt blumig (nach Jasmin) und fruchtig, ganz anders als ich es von "herkömmlichem" Kaffee kenne. Da er mit seinem Geschmack leicht an Tee erinnert ist nicht verwunderlich, dass die asiatischen Länder die größten Importeure dieser Sorte sind. Nachdem ich gelernt habe, wie viel Zeit und Mühe im Anbau und Verarbeiten von Kaffee steckt (der Kaffee wird per Hand z.T. an sehr steilen Hängen geerntet!), kann ich die sehr günstigen Verkaufspreise der großen Kaffeehersteller kaum noch nachvollziehen. Ich habe zu Hause nie viel Kaffee getrunken, aber hier mutiere ich zur Kaffee-Genießerin. 😁 Ein "ungepanschter" Kaffee schmeckt einfach super lecker. 😋
    @Harald: zwei kleine Packungen Kaffeebohnen haben in meinem Rucksack noch Platz gefunden 😉
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    Diana Forstmann

    Der günstige Kaffee ist wohl im besten Fall aus Class 5 Kaffeebohnen. 😳

    Tina B.

    Genau. Das sieht man ja meistens nicht, wenn man gerösteten, gemahlenen Kaffee kauft...

    Alex U

    Geisha Kaffee, das klingt super 😃. Jetzt werd ich hier in HK aber echt mal die Augen aufhalten 😁

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  • Day111

    The lost waterfalls

    June 29, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Da das Wetter heute früh sonnig und angenehm warm war, schloss ich mich zwei anderen Hotelgästen zu einer Wanderung zu den "lost waterfalls" an. Die "lost waterfalls" sind drei Wasserfälle, die nah beieinander liegen und in ca. 1,5 Stunden Marsch gut zu erreichen sind. Mir wurde gesagt, dass die Wanderung nicht schwer sei und die Wasserfälle einen imposanten Anblick bieten würden. Mit dem zweiten wurde recht behalten, das erste war ein wenig untertrieben... der Aufstieg war teilweise ganz schön schwierig, durch den Regen hier und da recht rutschig und für kurze Abschnitte mussten wir mehr klettern als wandern. 😬 Aber mit dem Anblick der tosenden Wasserfälle wurden wir für die anstrengende Wanderung mehr als ausreichend entschädigt. 😊Read more

    Judith Haan

    Wunderschön die Hortensien. Meine Lieblingsblumen😊

  • Day145

    Boquete, Panama

    May 25, 2019 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Es ist wieder Reisetag aber heute Reisetagextrem.
    Heute geht es ausgeschlafen erst 11:30 Uhr (24.05) über Rivas (Nicaragua) nach San Jose (Costa Rica) und anschließlich nach David und Boquete (Panama) (25.05)!
    Eine Busreise von 24h!😑 Das Sitzfleisch wurde ordentlich strapaziert!
    Gegen 11 Uhr waren wir endlich im Hostel!
    Wir gingen dann noch ein mal raus um was zu essen bevor es ins Bett ging!
    Am Abend hat es leider auch hier Ordentlich geregnet ... nicht so schlimm ... mir fehlte sowie so Schlaf da ich im Bus leider nicht schlafen konnte!
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  • Day7


    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

    Erika Kirschner

    Schaut ja super bequem aus 😁

    Erika Kirschner

    😋 Ananas


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Provincia de Chiriquí, Provincia de Chiriqui, Chiriquí, Provincia de Chirique