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  • Day164

    Extreme sweating

    February 18 in Panama ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Another sauna day - quite above 40 degrees... We also knew we had a rolling road, so we decided to leave after sunrise. Christian (the hostel owner from Saxony) made us coffee, fruits and a dish he called "Bennkeks", mostly known as pancakes, for breakfast - and off we went.
    The first 20km were on the Panamerican Highway. Again, not too much traffic and a broad shoulder. Then we decided to go for the scenic route, highway number 5. What a beautiful alternative to the main highway! All day, we encountered more horses than cars on this road. Furthermore, we heard and saw many different birds, even a toucan. The route was green and shady and we enjoyed stunning views over the mangrove area.
    The road was quite exhausting though, lots of ups and downs, all to cycle in this heat here. The area got dryer as well, so no more shade after 11am. A scorpion next to the road reminded us that camping spots have to get selected carefully.
    We are also getting closer to Central Panamá which seems to be THE place to be for celebrating carnival. We only passed little villages, but even there they'll be partying 5 days in a row starting this Friday.
    At about 2pm, we arrived in Soná. For the first time we are staying at the firestation. In many of the Central American countries, the firemen let biketourists for free, so it's often used by the guys who travel on a very low budget. As hotels in Panama are quite expensive, it's an option for us as well and it's actually a pretty good standard: we can camp on their 3rd floor under a roof and use their kitchen and their shower.
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  • Day4

    Santa Catalina

    December 8, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Gestern sind wir von Panama Stadt mit dem Bus ins ca. 360 km entfernte Santa Catalina gefahren. Santa Catalina ist ein kleiner Ort an der Pazifikküste. Ein Surf Hotspot. Wir verbringen die nächsten 3 Tage in einem Dorm direkt am Strand.Read more

  • Day6

    Coiba - Parque Nacional

    December 10, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Heute haben wir den Nationalpark Coiba besucht. Die Inselgruppe liegt eine Bootsstunde von Santa Catalina entfernt. Wir waren auf einem kleinen Boot mit 4 anderen Urlaubern aus Argentinien, USA und der Schweiz. Beim schnorcheln konnten wir neben unzähligen Fischen Schildkröten, Riffhaie und Mantarochen begutachten. Außerdem konnten wir auf einer Insel ein Krokodil sehen.
    Nach drei sehr schönen Tagen geht's morgen ins 380 km entfernte Boquete, unserem vorletzten Stopp in Panama.
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  • Day18

    Lago Bay Santa Catallina

    March 22 in Panama ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Lagobay liegt 11km vor SantaCatalina, einem berühmten Surferort und Ausgangsort für Ausflüge zur Isla Coïba. Da wollte ich eigentlich tauchen gehen. Naja..bleiben wir auf dem riesigen Grundstück und genießen das Meer, Strand, Sonne (manchmal zu heiss). Wir wohnen in einem Doppelduplex mit Dachterrasse (AirBnB).

    Beim Anblick von Krokodilen müssen wir noch lernen die Ruhe zu bewahren. Anscheinend fressen sie nur Fische und haben noch nie jemanden angegriffen. Sie weilen um und in den kleinen Seen hier und manchmal auch direkt neben dem Weg. Im Meer sollten wir sie nicht antreffen!

    Bei Ebbe ist das Meer kilometerweit draussen, wir sehen Krabben, Muscheln und können uns im Match wälzen ;-). Bei Flut können wir wunderbar im warmen Meer baden.
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  • Day13

    Santa Fe

    January 16 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 79 °F

    Located at about 1400 feet in central Panama, Santa Fe also has a perfect climate. There's no need for aircon or heat. I read about a restaurant in the lonely planet guide book that is owned by a Khmer woman. She has a small hotel with the restaurant attached and that's all I needed to know.

    There's an amazing garden on a hill overlooking the best view in the valley. She grows herbs and spices and peppers for her restaurant and there's a lot of flowers and trees with a path you can walk through.

    It'ss misty in the morning and evenings and hot and sunny during the day and again it's cool at night with a beautiful breeze coming in from the Caribbean. Every day there's a rainbow at some point. We were pretty much in heaven because of this and the fact that we could walk 10 ft to an amazing Cambodian dinner each night.

    The roads and paths are pretty steep here and we did a lot of hiking up and around the neighboring villages. We tried to climb to the top of a nearby mountain but the path was so muddy we couldn't. You need to buy those knee-high rubber boots all the farmers wear. Apparently they're more for snakes than the mud. So we found a neighboring trail through the cloud forest instead. It was lush and green and again, no bugs!

    But the highlight was probably the horseback ride. We used Jungle Cat adventures for a three-hour horse ride and crossed three rivers and went even farther up into neighboring villages. It's a company owned by Lizzie, who's originally from Botswana but she's lived in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand before settling in Panama.

    And we met lots of nice people from different countries at our place. This town probably looks like what Boquete looked like 30 years ago. That's a tourism and retirement town we're going to soon. But right now Santa Fe is still a cowboy town with rural campesinos and a few foreign visitors. And that makes it pretty special.
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  • Day15

    Santa Catalina, Panama

    January 18 in Panama ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

    We have plenty of time, so we used public transportation to get from Santa Fe down to the Pacific coast Beach town of Santa Catalina. It took three buses and about six hours of travel and for two people that only cost about $20.

    We toyed with the idea of renting a car for this part of the trip but after looking at the logistics, it's so much easier and cheaper just to use the public transportation. Buses run between every 20 minutes or couple hours, depending on where you're at. and we wouldn't want to leave a car alone for several days/ a week while we're on an island

    This is a small fishing village that evolved into a surfer hotspot. And now it's getting more tourists like us who just want to chill at the beach or visit Isla Coiba.

    We rented a room on air b&b at a place called coiba house. The owner is a Canadian expat who moved here 16 years ago. in Toronto he bought a sailboat and a book on how to sail and learned on his way all the way down to the canal!

    We have the best view of the beach from up on the hill as you can see from the photos. This morning we're going to Isla coiba with fluid adventures. We're kayaking and snorkeling for three days and two nights.

    Isla Coiba is a formal penal colony that is teeming with life. It's like a mini Galapagos. We'll take a one and a half hour motor boat ride out there and get in the kayaks from there. Most people go for the day to dive or snorkel in the coral reefs but we get to spend three days and two nights and camp on the beach.

    More photos and vids are here.
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  • Day10

    16. Panama - Santa Catalina

    September 1, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    On the way from Boquete to Santa Catalina, we stopped for one night in Boca Chica, a small village on the Gulf of Chiriquí that focuses on fishing expeditions and fishing tournaments. There's no real beach there, just more of a fishing dock, and not much in the way of any other amenities. It wasn't quite our cup of tea.

    Santa Catalina is a popular surf spot, but still relatively undeveloped. We found a cool place with a heavy surf vibe right on the beach, and went swimming and kayaking. Sea kayaking was fun, but somebody has to tell me the secret of getting back to shore without getting hammered and toppled by the surf. This is my second time in the ocean, and my second time getting clobbered. (Sorry - no pix of this - I was to busy trying to keep my phone from drowning!)
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  • Day6

    Schnorcheln Coiba

    March 10, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Dieser Ausflug war der Wahnsinn 😍 Coiba hat wunderschöne Inseln und Traumstrände zu bieten. Zu unserem Glück viel bereits nach ein paar Minuten (der 1-stündigen Bootsfahrt zur Insel) der zweite Motor aus. Wir kamen langsamer, dafür Baby- und Mamifreundlicher ans Ziel. Während der Bootsfahrt sahen wir Delphine 🐬 die uns ein Stück begleiteten und manchmal neben uns aus dem Wasser sprangen.
    Beim Schnorcheln sahen wir mehrere Riffhaie 🦈 , Schildkröten 🐢 , Kugelfische 🐡 und an Land die einzige Pelikanart Panamas. Ein Manta Rochen ist direkt an Philipp vorbei geschwommen.
    Den aufregenden Tag im Paradies haben wir am Pool ausklingen lassen (Sonnenbrand gab’s heute inklusive).
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