14.07.2009 - 17.07.2009
I dont think we really did Panama City justice, we were only there for a few days but we didn't manage to see a lot favouring late nights on Calle Uruguay and long lay in's in an air conditioned room. We only managed to visit the more beautiful areas one afternoon, other that that it seemed to just be another big town.
- Beside the monument for the 20,000+ French workers who died building the canal (mainly yellow fever)
The more colonial areas of Panama City looked rather dilapidated but instead of making the place look old and shabby added character.
- Old run down hotel on the sea front
As i say we didnt really do much in Panama City besides sampling the night life and i didnt even manage to make a video such was my concentration focused on relaxation, but here are a few other pictures from Panama.
- Crazy mask shop, your could get nearly every animal in mask form.
- This was a large church close to the French memorial monument (name escapes me)
After 3 nights in Panama City we got a public bus to David, this took about 6 hours but thankfully the road system in Panama was a vast improvement from Colombia so it was a smooth ride. In David we undeservedly booked into a 5* hotel that backed onto the Pacific Ocean and a beautiful volcanic black sand beach.
- Black sand Pacific beach outside David
We spent one full day and a morning playing in the surf before getting a small local bus back in David (driving down every possible road along the way turning a 20 minute taxi ride on the way there into a 2 and half hour bus ride on the way back!).
Once back in David we got another public bus to the boarder town of Paso Canoas, a town actually situated in the space between panama and Costa Rica and after getting our exit stamps for Panama ($1) stayed one night in 'no man's land' technically in no country. Paso Canaos was not really much more than a collection of cheap hostels/hotels and shops from what i could see, a stopover point for people passing through from Panama to Costa Rica and visa versa.
The next morning we booked another public bus to San Jose and some frantic running around trying to get our Costa Rica entry stamp and some rushed explanation of where were had been for a day if we weren't in either country we got on the bus and departed for Costa Rica.
- **sorry no video this time bit for a poor show for what was basically a week or travelling but i will make up for it***