12.07.2009 - 13.07.2009
After visiting the Kuna village we went to another small island to get our passports stamped for Panama.
- Boat load of people going for the Panama stamp.
We went straight to another bay after getting our stamps seeing two dolphin (a mother and baby) on the way. For the rest of that day we relaxed and did some snorkling off the back of the boat, the good weather meant we had a warm calm evening with only a few whisps of cloud and a stary sky, its amazing how peaceful everything looks once your in the bay. That night we saw florescent glowing squid just off the side of the boat.
- Small island at dusk
The morning of the final day we managed to hit rough sea the entire way to Mirimar, the wind picked up to about 20 nots and the boat swayed to precarious angles! Unfortunately the last day was the most sea-sickening!
- Not feeling to grand
It was a mixed feeling of relief and dejection when we spotted the shores of Mirimar knowing that although we would stop the relentless swaying we would also have finished our journey through the San Blas Islands.
Once we were all packed and ashore Javier took us to the buss station about 500 m down the road o we could get to Portobelo, we soon found out there were no buses on a Monday (of course!) and were on our way back to the Twyla to stay another night when a guy selling vegetables pulled up in a truck. He said if we paid him $20 he would take us to Portobelo (the bus was about $2.5 anyway) so we said our goodbye's to Javier and jumped in.
We arrived in Portobelo about 2 hours later after the vegetable seller nearly killed us 3 times swerving on blind corners trying to kill snakes in the road! In Portobelo we quickly found a cheap hostel for the night just as you come into town (not the most stylish of places).
- Hostel room
We had a bit of a walk around Portobelo, an old colonial Spanish town which acted as the main trade route for gold back to Europe, it was heavily fortified and many of the defences and cannons still remain.
- Portobelo fortifications
There was also a large colonial customs house which in one year saw 2/3 of the entire worlds gold and was the main trading point for Central America back to Spain and has now been turned into a sort of museum.
- Customs house
We then went for some food and beers. We made it as far as a supermarket that doubled up as a bar (hole in the wall they passed beer out of). There we got chatting to a Greek (we'll call himStavros ) a Canadian (James) and an American (Victor). Victors travels were being funded by a 100/1 bet on his local baseball team winning some competition, he put down $350 and won! After a few beers we all went to a cheap but cheerful restaurant which served only fried fish and rice.
A few more beers and a couple of terrible stories about Colon (our next port of call) later, we said goodbye and good luck and went to be with stories of armed muggings plaguing our minds!