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Off To A Dubious Start

It's been a glorious few weeks not having to worry a huge amount about scams, especially on public transport. In Panama there was never any question that they'd charge us more because we're foreign, we simply paid the same as everyone else when we got off the bus. Same in Costa Rica, you'd just pay [...]

One Last Stop In Costa Rica

On account of the fact we're hemorrhaging money right now we decided to choose between La Fortuna and Monterverde rather than doing both, then we'd head to the border and get into Nicaragua which would (hopefully) be a bit cheaper. We went for La Fortuna on account of the fact we'd already seen some nice [...]

A Treasure Trove Of Nature

It was a day of nod-sleeping on two buses between Puerto Viejo and Manuel Antonio. I don't know what it is about bus travel but it absolutely knackers me, more than if we were actually doing something productive. It's only two buses though, pretty straight forward, with an Uber between two terminals in San Jose [...]

Monkeys & Lizards & Snakes, Oh My

Yesterday was probably the quickest, easiest border crossing I've ever had the pleasure of doing. The whole thing took about half an hour including a brief detour to have an expensive wee. There were no queues on the Saturday morning. We were stamped out of Panama, walked over the bridge, were stamped into Costa Rica [...]

An Excursion Around The Islands

I wouldn't say Bocas Del Toro broke the bank but the bank is definitely very traumatised and is currently sat in the corner weeping into a bottle of Tescos Value vodka. We've splashed out on food and drinks out, mostly at JJ's and I still can't stop thinking about those buffalo wings. Life changing. Bastimentos [...]

The Main Island

Isla Colón, the main island in the Bocas Del Toro archipelago, is home to one of the most popular beaches, Playa Estrella, so we thought we'd hop on a bus and see what all the fuss is about. It's called Starfish Beach in English on account of all the starfish. No point in straining your [...]

You’re Alright You Are, Bocas

We only booked three night in Bocas Del Toro. We didn't really know what we were going to do with it. Did we want to island hop? Did we just want to stay in Bocas Town? Would we even like it or would it be swarming with young folks loudly having The Fun? We were [...]

Quite A Pricey Cuppa

We'd seen signs for a walk yesterday not far from the two trails we did called Sendero de los Quetzales which sounded like it would offer a pretty decent chance of wrapping our eyeballs around the flappy green fuckers. Though we did do a whole walk called the Toucan Trail and we didn't even get [...]

I’ll Chase As Many Waterfalls As I Like

The journey from Santa Catalina to Boquete is a four bus, eight hour monster but public transport in Panama just works. You only have to show up. Guys will ask you where you're going and point you in the right direction or put you on the right bus. They mostly run quite frequently with one [...]

Miscellaneous Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina has been absolutely incredible. I could live here. In fact point at pretty much anywhere in Panama and I'd probably quite happily live there too. But Santa Catalina is a bit special really. It's so chilled with a lovely vibe to it. I was expecting chill time but there's actually stuff to do [...]