Escape to Panama

Trip Start Mar 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 14, 2008

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Monday, March 17, 2008


Just got back to Costa Rica yesterday. Went to Bocas del Toro in Panama for 3 days. Another great place! Lots of islands with mangroves and beautiful beaches, all with a real carribean feel.

We took the bus from Puerto Viejo to the border, then had to cross a bridge by foot over the border with our bags which was quite cool, then following some confusion we ended up in Changuinola where a speed boat took us through the mangroves to Bocas del Toro.

We didnt actually stay on the main island, but opted for Isla Bastimientos where we stayed in a hostal on stilts [sur pilotis] over the sea for $10 per night, which was sweeet although very very basic. shower / toilets went straight into the sea. also paper thin walls [qqs planches de bois nous servait de separation entre les chambres]. almost had the pleasure of listening to our dreadlocked neighbour getting 'caliente' with his girlfriend, but managed to avoid the situation by making our presence known with a few coughs! he he!

Also had some roommates [co-piaule] in the form of cockroaches [cafards] and bats [chauve-souris] in the roof, one of which escaped, flew right over my head and kept us company for a bit before it disappeared off into a wall! Bats seem to be following me since my school project last year! Anyway, a nice little kitchen and chill-out area with hammacs over the sea where we spent most of our time chilling and chatting to other travellers. That made it a cool place to stay!

We also met a whole load of other backpackers [voyageurs] from holland, germany and norway. All great fun! We went on an excursion with them to check out dolphins, then go snorkelling [masque et tuba] and visit the beautiful Red Frog Beach, which is only accessible by boat.

Left Bocas del Toro yesterday and now back in Costa Rica at Cahuita... another Carribean spot. cahuita is rather like a Wild West town, but not with cowboys, only rastas!

This morning we went to the Sloth Sanctuary. I have been looking forward to this since we left London. This animals are amazing ....slow and cute. We ve learnt all about them and met them also which was a great experience cos it is difficult to appraoch them in the wild as they are so high up in the trees.

Now we are going to the beach where monkeys are lurking around and tonite we will probably eat in as restaurants as much as they are great and tasty (I had the best red snapper of my life here) it takes an average of 1 hour to get served!

We're chilling here until tomorrow. Next stop Parismina / Tortugero to cruise round jungle canals. Also hope to see some Leatherback Turtles [tortues de mer]!

bisous and we hope you are all well, give us news if you have any!

Audrey & Nick

PS Quand il est 8 heures du mat au Costarica il est 3 heures de l aprem en france. On mange super bien meme les salades, fruits et glacons passent bien donc c est pratique et on est en pleine forme!
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franchi on

de la part d'ANNITA
NO PHOTOS ?? peut-être demain......

franchi on

de la part d'ANNITA
oh ! je m'éclate à travers ces photos où on découvre un monde bien différent d'ici. je suis ravie pour vous et heureuse de vous voir également ; excellents commentaires de NICK..... BREF je vais rêver de 'paresseux' toute la nuit. BISOU

franchi on

Merci pour toutes ces photos et les super commentaires de nick, c'est vraiment agréable de découvrir ce monde si différent d'ici à travers vos déplacements ; Je suis heureuse de vous voir aussi et je crois que cette nuit je vais rêver de vous et des 'paresseux', mais laissons les cafards de côté...

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