Coastal chilling!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Apr 30, 2011


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We are in Pedasi, a small, sleepy fishing town on the Pacific coast, at the foot of the Azuero Peninsula, a traditional cattle farming region where, like in Santa Fe, many people get around on horseback. The journey here from Santa Fe involved four separate buses, the last two of which were minibuses that were completely crammed full. We even had a rooster on board who cockadoodled at regular intervals! The countryside around here is green, rolling hills and fields full of cows. It looked almost like England apart from the few giveaway palm trees!

Yesterday, we hired a fisherman to take us out in his boat to Isla Iguana, a small island about 20 minutes offshore. The island was lovely, with two beaches of talcum powder soft white sand, clear water teeming with fish, a large nesting colony of frigate birds and lots of iguanas. We spent the day exploring the island and swimming and snorkelling in the sea. Unfortunately, the island used to be surrounded by a large coral reef but today much of the coral is dead due to the ’82-83 El Nino. There are still lots of fish though and Tom saw two turtles while snorkelling. When we returned to the mainland, fishing boats were bringing in the day’s catch of large dorados. This section of coast is renowned for its large numbers of tuna, wahoo and billfish.

Today, we took a bus down the coast to La Playita beach, a lovely sheltered bay. Behind the beach is a small hotel where we had a lunch of Pescado, the remains of which got fed to three tame macaws. The hotel owner has a small menagerie of animals which run free in the gardens, including macaws, rheas (large ostrich-like birds), peacocks, a large lizard and a monkey.



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