Much aqua en Boquete, Panama

Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
Trip End Feb 23, 2007

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Tuesday, June 6, 2006


Already things have moved quickly from El Valle, Panama to arriving the day before yesterday here in Boquete, Panama where the rainy season is in full swing, so it's wet as and a $2 brolly was a wise purchase.

I've made the mistake of easting at a dodgy restaurante with food that was barely even warm and spent the last 24 hours making a few long distance calls on the porcelain telephone. So, things are looking back up, but I'm gradually gathering the strength back to get into the local cuisine which is cheap as chips, and a whole meal with main, drink and coffee afterwards will set you back around U$3 - 4 which is even cheaper than back home in Brisbane.

Yesterday was a trek through the Boquete jungle to see brightly coloured butterflies and strange bugs, then howler monkeys up above as they cruised from branch to branch with little babies in tow. The rain started about an hour into hiking and it just got heavier to the point where my shoes were filled with water and mud, and nothing could get any wetter, but my trusty jacket Big John pulled his weight and proved a worthwhile companion, particularly to keeping the camera dry, good thing I didn't follow through in
binning it in Lima when the thought crossed my mind. There are parts where I could see the Lost writers getting their inspiration, as I'd walk alongside a pipe the weaved through foliage and near huge ancient trees and then a large turn valve would appear out of the jungle next to the river which was a surreal invasion of man made object integrated deep within the jungle. On the way up we crossed a creek at many points, and the rain comes down so hard and heavy here in Central America that the thunder makes an almost explosion like sound that you don't hear back home, and it sounds the world is going to end. So, the creek was now a raging torrent on the way down that required
a little ingenuity to figure out how to cross the waters which could easily drag you ever the rocks, and the way my stomach was feeling at the time, the less tumbling over rocks, the better.

So tomorrow, it's leaving time for the island retreat of Bocas Del Toro in Panama which I understand is now quite touristy and getting all sorts resorts and commercial attachments on the main island, but the surrounding spots are supposed to still harbour some nice spots.
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