Muchos Graçias Muchachos

Trip Start May 03, 2011
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Trip End May 10, 2012


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Flag of Panama  , Bocas del Toro,
Friday, October 7, 2011

Bocas del Toro or Bocas Town is in the Panamanian province of Bocas del Toro and the district of Bocas del Toro. Changuniola, located on the mainland is the capital of the Province. It is a town and a tourist resort located on the southern tip of Colón Island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Bocas Town had 12,996 residents in 2008.

We got an all inclusive transfer to cross the border from Costa Rica to Panama rather than the two buses and ferry we would have had to take. This would have been a real hack and would not have been that much cheaper than the total transfer worked out to be. A cab picked us up and took us to the Costa Rican border where two of the group that were travelling with us were refused permission to leave Costa Rica as the exit date in the girls passport had expired. The poor couple then had to go all the way back to the capital, San Jose to get their paperwork sorted and to pay a fine. The remaining four of us passed through Costa Rican customs with no issue and we had to walk across a wooden railway line across a river to get to the Panama border. It was like something out of the film "Bridge over the River Kwai" with the wooden slats in the railway bridge giving way every so often as we made the tentative walk with our bags.

At the Panama border, another cab picked us up and took us through some amazing scenery to get to Almirante for us to catch the ferry to Boca Town. We were staying on the island of Colon. We arrived at our hostel to a free barbecue and everyone in full party mood. We had a few drinks and made our way to bed as we were pretty knackered. The revelers headed out but then all came back at 2.30am and the music went on full blast grrrrrr!!!

Day 2 we made our way over to one of the other islands and hired a couple of sea kayaks and had some fun going around the island in our kayaks. We managed to dock at a couple of the deserted beaches and get some relaxation too. We then headed back to Colon to finalise and pack as we needed to catch an overnight bus to get to Panama City. In all honesty Bocas was one of our least favorite places in Central America as there just wasn´t really that much to do. We have probably overdone the islands and the beaches for a while now and for that reason we would only give Bocas a boring 6/10.
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