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Travel Stories: Panama – Part 4: San Blas Islands

Ok, where do I start?One very interesting thing about Panama is it’s georgraphical makeup: Panamá is a so called landbridge; it connects the landmasses between Costa Rica and Colombia and has two coasts with completely different characteristics. I’ve told you about one of those coasts already: Santa Catalina was a beach town located near the Pacific. Let’s hop over to the other side, shall we? San Blas Islands The San Blas Islands are a group of smaller and bigger carribean islands just off the Atlantic coast of Panama. Some of them do have people living on them, some don’t. The whole area of San Blas is a self-contained Guna Community and therefore only accessible for strangers and tourists through booking a tour. The tours start from Panamá City and will then transport you up to the coast where you will then enter the boat to get your to the island you will be staying at. El Machico Hostal The Hostel we’d stay at in Panamá City. It is very central and you can walk almost …

Travel Stories: Panama – Part 3: Boquete

Boquete was the third city on our list. Located in the part of beautiful Chiriquí at the ffot of mount Barú and Panamá’s coffee capital. So as we did before we intended to go by bus … That plan was quickly foiled given that there was no accurate description of the rout é to be found: You’d have to go back to Sona, then to Santiago, David and then: Boquete. The route might take you any time between 5 to 10 hours and supposedly costs you something between 15 to 25$. We just booked a shuttle. You can book those at any hostel and you should do so the day before. The shuttle will take you to Boquete for 30$ and about 5 hours. Easy. It is a bit expensive but most definetely more comfortable. I really liked just sitting in the car, looking out the window: First of all: The forest is beautiful. So serene and lush and green. Secondly: Taking part in local traffic is hilarious! As I mentioned before: I am German. …