From Costa Rica to Panama by bus, taxi and boat

Trip Start Mar 22, 2010
Trip End Feb 12, 2011

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Mondo Taitu

Flag of Panama  , Bocas del Toro,
Saturday, December 4, 2010

I woke up by my alarm at 7:00, time to get ready to go to Panama (From Puerto Veijo to Bocas Town).. Had a shower, made some bread for breakfast and on the way.. And around 7:30 I walked to the bus terminal to get my ticket to Sixaola.

After buying my ticket I went back to the accommodation and packed my bag to get ready for the 9:30 bus.. As you have to buy your ticket an hour before and can't buy it the day before..

Around 11:00 we arrived at the border.. So a 1,5 hour bus trip.. From there I went to the Costa Rica customs, and had to wait for almost an hour.. After that I left Costa Rica and walked to Panama over a small bridge. When a truck came you had to "hang" on the bridge..

When I arrived in Panama I took a taxi from the border to Almirante a town on the sea side.. What was a 1-1,5 hour drive. From there I got a water taxi with Bocas Marine Tours, and went to Isla Colon. This took approx 30min.

When I arrived in Bocas Town on Isla Colon I spoke with a guy, who was working for a backpackers. So I followed him for 5 min, and ended up at Mondo Taitu backpackers.. And I booked a dorm bed at the backpackers.

After I checked in, I got my laptop out and updated my blog and checked the web, after I had done that I checked out the town a bit. In town I went for lunch to the Golden Grill, and from there to the waterside where I had a snooze ;)

After my snooze I checked all the shops and found some new undies.. Yeah.. They seem to be the right size ;)

After shopping I went back to the backpackers and had another snooze in my dorm.. Around 18:00 I woke up and checked the web a bit..

After a while I started chatting with an South African guy who lived in Townsville (Australia), we went downstairs to the bar and met other people.. After a while we all decided to go to another Island where they have a hostel/bar/disco called Aqua Lounge.

We walked from the hostel to the water and took a water taxi to Aqua Lounge and joined the party.. After a while I had enough of it and took a boat back to the hostel to have a nice sleep..


Bus ticket from Puerto Veijo to Sixaola @ C$ 1440.00
Tourist tax Panama @ USD$ 1.00
Panama has +1 hour to Costa Rican time
Taxi from the Panama border to Almirante USD$ 10.00
Taxi boat from Almirante to Isla Colon @ USD$ 4.00
Dorm with no airco @ USD$ 10.00 per night (incl coffee, wifi, breakfast)
Water taxi to Aqua Lounge @ USD$ 2.00 return

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