Melia Panama Canal
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The description in the shore excursion guide is as follows
‘After a 30 minute ride at high speed through the heart of the Panama Canal, the boat will slow down and enter the labyrinth of jungle covered islands of Lake Gatun (read mosquito bites, slithery swimmy creatures and eight legged demons dangling by a silky thread from low hanging creepers). The trained naturalist guides will track ...
... up to the summit, then a very long top pound before a staircase of three at the Atlantic end (Gatun) going down again. Each ship of our size has 8 mules – 3.5 million dollar electric tugs that run on rails beside each lock – 4 at the bow (2 each side) and 4 at the stern. I thought that these only guided the ship from side to side but this time I saw that they are split – half assist the ship to move, i.e. pull forwards and ...
... home to take care of some family matters, and Cheryl was in Portobelo alone on SV Gypsy Blues for a short while awaiting his return.
Now, we should tell you a little about Captain Jack. Captain Jack is an old time sailor (trapped in the 70’s) who decided to settle in Portobelo. He has establish Captain Jacks Bar, which also incorporates a hostel which lots of backpackers use as a base to explore the area. Captain Jack has definite ideas about a lot of ...
... So the only way to get from Central to South America with a vehicle is to put it in a cargo ship and to put yourself on a plane (a 1-hour flight) or on one of the many private sailboats that offer a maritime crossing via the beautiful San Blas / Kuna archipelago (a 4-day journey). Our shipping partners Robin and Miet chose the latter option but none of the boats accepted dogs so Mai and I booked a flight.
... s mobile phone and call Señor Boris. He says someone will pick us up right away. 15 minutes later a guy on a motorbike shows up, mumbles the name "Boris" from inside his helmet, and asks us to follow him. He leads us to the entrance of the customs area, tells us to park outside, shows us the customs office and says we need to wait outside in front of it: Señor Boris will meet us in 5 minutes.
One more hours passes.
Robin and I decide to ...
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