This post is a sequel to Money: The first 4 months. Please see the first post in order to understand the following information better.
Here’s what we spent for the second 4 months (120 days):
Life has been quite slow in and around this small mountain town. We didn’t have a long list of sites and attractions we felt we had to see, so we’ve just been meandering through the days, exploring here and there. This post captures some thoughts about the last few weeks in the Boquete area.
This area is made up of hills and valleys, carpeted in greenery including the ubiquitous coffee plantations, and liberally sprinkled with flowers. There are creeks criss-crossing the town, and waterfalls splashing down the hillsides.
In my last hiking post I wrote about the Pipeline Trail and wanting to return with Coral. We rented a car and with our new-found friends and followed the excellent driving instructions posted on the Boquete Travel Guide to the beginning of the 5km (return) hike.
Our current home in Panama is at the base of Volcan Baru, an active stratovolcano and the tallest mountain in Panama (3,475m or 11,401 ft). Below us is a river canyon with steep rocky walls covered in dense vegetation. All through our Panama trip, I have been quite enchanted by the rich flora and I am equally caught by the vegetation that surrounds us here. We were told of hiking trails that lead through this forest to the river in the bottom of the canyon and beyond. I had to check it out.
We are now about 10km outside of Boquete, at the Boquete River Inn, where our view is across a ravine to the verdant slopes of Volcan Barú. When we wake up in the morning, the sun is just kissing the top of the volcano, the sky is clear, and the entire volcano presents itself to our admiring gaze. Through the day, the clouds build, partially or fully obscuring the peak, but leaving exposed the forest below.
This post is different from our others. Since we’ve received so much value from others who have shared the nitty gritty details about their travel expenses, we thought we would return the favor to the travel universe. So, if you’re just following us to keep tabs on where we are and what we’re up to, you can probably skip this one. If you’re travelling, or planning to be, and looking for another perspective on the cost of travelling in Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama, then read on.
I really wanted to go fishing in this part of the world, but I didn’t bring any equipment, thinking I could rent gear if I ever got the opportunity.
While checking out our host’s well-appointed woodwork shop here in Pedasí, I spotted his stock of fishing gear neatly lined up on a rack. Wayne and I started talking about fishing in our homes on both coasts of the North American continent, which led to a conversation about fishing here in Panama. Wayne mentioned that he hadn’t been fishing for a while. It didn’t take long before we’d planned a day out, with Wayne generously sharing his equipment.
We finally rented a car in Pedasí so we could explore around the peninsula. At $69USD/day, it’s not an inexpensive choice for getting around, but we were excited about the freedom that having our own car offered us.
What a refreshing way to spend New Year’s Day in tropically hot Pedasí. Our hosts allowed us to tag along with them and their friends to a waterfall where they like to hang out. A howler monkey hung out in the trees directly above us the whole time we were there, only moving to scratch himself occasionally.
Images in this post are mostly random (some just phone shots) and do not necessarily illustrate specific text.
Getting to Pedasí from Panama City by bus is fairly straightforward. We took an Uber to the Albrook bus terminal ($4.68), caught the next bus to Las Tablas ($9.70 each + 25 cents to get through the turnstile).