Lost & Found Eco-lodge

Trip Start Nov 29, 2009
Trip End Jun 27, 2010

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Lost & Found

Flag of Panama  , Chiriquí,
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hello avid readers!

So we departed Boquete having made exciting sandwiches for our excursion to the Lost and Found hostel in the Fortuna Reserve. We had booked a tour with 2 American girls and it was to take us to some hot springs, petroglyphs and a canyon ravine.

Our driver was either incredibly boired by his job or simply didn`t wish to communicate much and instead subjected us to 80's music rather than information about what we might expect to do during the trip. So off we went to the Pettoglyphs first. After a short walk to the rocks they have been carved into we saw them. Im not sure if dissapointment or humour was the prevailing response but they were rubbish. They looked like they could well have been done 15mins before we arrived and if we were supposed to be impressed that this represented the culmination of the local civilisation im afraid we weren`t. Remember folks that whilst these were being scribed Shakespeare was in his element! Still we took photos to show you what we mean non our return and the point actually had pretty good views out over the local mountain range.

Next up were the hot springs. They were the most natural we have been to on the trip certainly and they were very warm indeed. However, they were quite small which meant relaxing in them was a tad tricky. Post warm water we went for a dip in the nearby river to cool off. The final stop was the `canyon`where the water was deep and cut between two large rocks. We could have gone for another swim but our driver drove off before we could get our shorts out of the truck. never mind. instead I reverted to childhood and built a dam to alter the flow of part of the water, very successfully if I do say so myself. Dave watched on.

The Lost and Found Hostel was set on a hillside in the cloud forest. This meant to get to it there was a very steep incline and both of us had to carry the girls bags up as well. Neither had brought rucksacks backpacking... says a lot really. Spent the evening chilling out, meeting Rocky the Kinkajou they have and then joined in with a table football (or fussball as the owner insisted on calling it) and then poker tournaments. I stubbornly refused to quit due to tiredness or boredom and was rewared with $5 for my efforts.

The first full day was spent walking to the local village and doing a shop. They had food on an honesty system at the hostel but some of it was a little expensive. Not a lot else to report on the day really apart from the astonishingly good sunset we got. Tonnes of photos taken of that one!

Second full day we did the `treasure hunt`more just a hike through the forest but one we were rewarded with a bottle of wine for completing. It was a little harder than a flat walk but not too bad. Got to dip my feet into the river whilst Dave and the girls had more of a swim. Found all the clues and returned to the hostel victorious. The final part was `deciphering`the petrogylphs. We came u with a story about a man stealing gold and it passed! Was good to have some tasty Chilean wine for once.

Next day off to Bocas del toro!

Rhys and Dave
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