Paradise found... the long and short of it.

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Jul 09, 2009

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

So we depart Isla Bastimentos today and Bocas del Toro all together. We are so excited to have a climate change.  Bocas is very beautiful and to be on an island, surrounded by small islands, is a good place to be.  At this point though, the idea of heading to the mountains to an eco lodge that hopefully has a good power source sounds really appealing.  When renting a house, you never really quite know what you're in for.  We knew we were renting a "green" house, one that is powered primarily by solar energy, but, here’s the big but, we had NO idea that we would be renting a house that would lose power nightly at 8:00pm.  Had we, fine.  But when you get your expectations set and then they’re not as you thought some times as much as the seclusion and beauty is wonderful, you’re left a little disappointed.

We made our way to Bocas Town, where the airport is on Isla Colon.  We tried to eat at Kanibal, the new great restaurant, but there were closed until 12:30, and our plane would be somewhere over Chiriqui at that point.  So instead we ate the last of our decadent brownies that we purchased from Pure Tree, the all natural shop “up in the hill” in Old Bank.  YUUUMMMM!

We arrived in David, and found ourselves the best car rental deal.  This kind of reminded me of when I went to Aruba with Libs, Nance and Annie and our hopping from car rental shop to car rental shop pricing it out.

I started out driving, we hit a super market and wait for it……MC DONALDS!!!!  We’re a bit ashamed to admit it, but french fries were calling our name.  It’s freaking hard to order McDonalds in Spanish, at least when you know as poquito as we do.

We made our way to our “hotel”, Rancho de Caldera.  When we booked, we researched a lot, go figure.  The photos on the website were beautiful.  But now married to a photographer, I know that sometimes photos can be deceptive through the brilliance of photoshop.  The photos however can’t do this place justice.  They’re completely an eco lodge.  They have 8 cabins nestled in a hilltop of Caldera which is about 20 minutes from downtown Boquete.  When we checked in, the owner, Gina, came to our room with a bouquet of flowers and told us that because it was our honeymoon, she’s going to give us the room next to us as well.  So the room that we booked has a full kitchen and a queen bed and a view of bigger mountains in the distance and a valley below with free range horses and a stream running through.  The room next door however, has a KING bed, no kitchen but this crazy little massage chair and a HUGE tub.  So we’ve got the best of both worlds.

Enough about our room, we went into Boquete to find a meal since we just came off of cooking for ourselves for the past 5 days (for the most part).  We made our way to the Panamonte Hotel.  We had fabulous meals of smoked pork chop and dry aged filet.  It was delicious!!!  All this with a bottle of wine and dessert and did I mention that Scott ordered Carpaccio for an appetizer (blick, and he thought so too) for $60.  It’s really, really affordable to have a bit of luxury in Panama.
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