La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm
Travel Blogs from Isla Bastimentos
I left Puerto Viejo to go to Sixaola on the border to go to Panama. At the border you walk across a bridge to enter Guabito in Panama. This bridge is quite interesting in that it has several beams running along it lengthways and across it in a slight haphazard manner, and through it you can see the river below. There I was with my large rucksack on …
Our stay at La Loma on Isla Bastimentos couldn't have been better. It was absolutely mind blowing. We got to the area via a small puddle jumper plane with about a 45 minute ride from Panama City. The airport is located in a small hippy/boaters community called Bocas Town. It's very friendly to "Greengos" and we were met by the smiling face of Kelly …
Our last day before heading to Bocas Town to hook up with Gregorio at the house we're renting near Salt Creek on the other side of Bastimentos.
In between trying to escape the rain and the army ants, we decided to go to the local Ngobe restaurant and school to get to know the culture a bit more and pick up some goodies. There is a small …
... band played Caribbean music at a fiesta for local people, fronted by a charismatic man named 'Calypso Joe' who invited us in to listen. This town was really celebrating! Watch the video we posted below!!!
Again, we were suprised at the lack of tourists in Old Bank. In fact, there were barely even any restaurants or bars open! It was 'dead' for tourists but lively for the locals!
The following day we hiked the jungle paths to the island's best ...
... to pay the 5 bucks to drink it. In all honesty, The best part of the country has been surveyed from Johns car, road tripping and river crossing to kick ass rock tunes and defying the laws of local touristic commerce by buying fruits and coconuts from roadside farmers - much to the bafflement of every other American eye witness. My conclusion? Bring on Colombia, or even northern Panama, for a less gringo-fied zone where a waitress's smile has yet to come with a tipping ...
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