Ecuador

Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
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Monday, December 3, 2007

Hola

I havent posted for awhile because I have been having so much fun. At the moment I am in Qutio, Ecuador getting ready to go to the Galapagos.

Since my last post I have gone through panama and flew to Ecuador.

After the Caribean Coast of Costa Rica I crossed the border into Panama. This Crossing was pretty easy, however the countries were connected by this bridge that had giant holes in it and was pretty skeckty. Once I was in Panama a taxi picked me up and 4 other travelers to bring us to the boat to Bocas Del Toro. Once we were at the water taxi stop, I took a small boat loaded with locals to Isla Colo, it took about 1 hour long and was amazing. We went through a small river and though the many islands that populate Bocas Del Toro. Once we arrived in Isla Colon a fellow traveller and I found a sweet hostal called Mundu Tatu. When I was walking around the city I noticed that the locals were setting up for something. I found out that the next day it was Bocas Del Toro Independence Day. That night they had 50 cent beers, live boxing in the parque central in the Gizhbo, local dancing and much more. The next day the celebration started early at about 8am and went until 9pm. The main street was turned into a massive marching band parade and a market was created in the parque central. It was an amazing day and I enjoyed watching the locals celebrate.

After Bocas Del Toro I took a night bus to Panama City. We arrived at 3 am and since no hotels would be open at that time, a backpacker from Argentina and I sleeped in the Bus Terminal. It was very quiet and clean and was actual a nice place to sleep. In the morning I made my way to a hostal and jumped on a local bus and made my way to the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is amazing, exsepcially the history behind it. I visited the Miraflores Locks musuem and say 4 boats make there way though the locks system. It was really amazing. I enjoyed Panama City, which is by far the best capitol in Central America. It has lots of great restaurants and good activites to do.

After a couple of days I made my way to Portobello, a small village 30 mins or so from Colon on the Caribean side of Panama. I made my way to Scuba Portobello to try in see if I could scuba dive. At Scuba Portobello they had dorms, a restuarant and I ended up diving 4 times. I met 2 really cool guys from the United States that  I dived with. They made the horrible diving actualy interesting.  I ate probably the best meal so far that the lady that ran the restaurant, it was mouthwatering. The room was nice, however Scuba Portobello is quite isolated and I had to walk into town to get supplies and to find places to eat. Portobello is actualy quite an interesting place, It used to be a Spanish port, however it was raided many times and the ruins of the port still remian on the outskirts of town. In the local church a statute of a Black Christ stands tall and many pliglims travel to Portobello.

After Portobello my dive master drove me back to Panama City and I made contact with Germaine, a Kuna Aborignal living in Panama City. I made plans with him to stay with his family in the San Blas for a week. I flew the next day and Alberto and Ian picked me up at the airport. It took us a hour boat ride before we reached Carti, some small islands near the mainland of Panama. The Conditions were really basic but I ended up having a great time. The Kuna had a big celebration the day after I arrived. It was really amazing, the men dressed up in their traditional clothes and gave out Chi Cha, a alcholic drink made with Coffe, Sugar Cane and some other ingreidents I forgot. I had one glass of Chi Cha and I was drunk, it was really strong and tasted like thick wine. Throughout the night I got to see many Kuna really really drunk.

Whenever you picture paradise, the small island in the middle of no where with one palm tree, that is San Blas. It is a truely beatuiful place. Througout my week trip I got to visit lots of inhabited. I snorkelled around the many beatuiful reefs, ate fresh coconuts got to fish with a Kuna fisherman, learnt to speak a bit of Kuna and many other amazing things. When I was there I met 2 Ausies which made thinds really fun. The food there was AMAZING, i ate lobster, crab, tuna every night for no extra cost. I absolutely loved the food. But the thing I absolutely loved the most was the people, the people were really kind, exspecially the family I was living with. They treated me with lots of respect and it was a blast to just hang out with them. This was one of my highlights of my trip.

I flew back to Panama City on the 29th and flew to Ecuador on the 30th. I will save talking about Quito which is an amazing city for when I have returned from the Galapagos.

I added a bunch of photos on Facebook which you can add me
parkerlearey@hotmail.com to view them. when I get back I will link all the albums on a blog post so you can view them without having to go on facebook.

anyways i better get some sleep

parker
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