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PANAMA
Capital – Panama City              Currency – The balboa               Language – Spanish, Kuna plus 14 other
21st December – We are flying today with Copa Airlines from Cartagena in Colombia to Panama, whilst our Land Rover makes its way more slowly by ship.  We board and leave…

BETWEEN A SWAMP AND A HARD PLACE

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THE DARIEN GAP, A SWAMP SEPARATING PANAMA AND COLUMBIA              (www.darkroastblends.com)

Aaah, the Darien Gap, that rather large swamp no road-building civil engineer has yet managed to penetrate, and the bane of every overlander travelling the Americas.  If I ever get to do this route again I shall definitely opt for this……

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…so that…

The Great Shipping Debacle (part 1)

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The biggest hurdle for people who want to drive the Pan American highway is the Darien Gap.  The Darien Gap is a roadless, 100mi section of some of the harshest jungle and swampland on earth separating Panama from Columbia .  Not to mention it is filled with drug running rebels looking for an opportunity to obtain a new truck and…

The Calm Before the Storm

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With shipping the truck heavy on our minds, we booked it to Panama.  The border was about three hours away from where we were staying so we woke up early to get a head start- but not before stopping at Soda Nanyoa in Dominical for a top off of our coffee mugs for the ride.
The ride to the border…

Sweating our A**es Off In Some Big Cities

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We do not do well with big cities. Even the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia chased us away after a year of trying to make a go of it. For us, cities mean traffic, crowds, noise, air pollution, and expense. I start to feel claustrophobic in big cities and it quite literally becomes hard to take a deep breath. Nevertheless,…

Truck’s Feelings of Abandonment

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Well, I guess it’s time to dust off my fingers and return from my blogging hiatus as Sarah just informed me I have not written one since Mexico.  As most of you know, we have returned from our summer of work and easy living back home.  Upon arrival in San Jose, Sarah and I booked a stay for a few…

Step-by-step Guide on How to Get From Panama to Colombia

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“The best step-by-step shipping instructions ever produced” – The Gringo Gazette
So I know we said we weren’t going to do a shipping write-up, but I just couldn’t help myself.

Step 1: Acquire latest overland shipping write-ups. Read through. Disregard. Because no matter what, you’re experience will be nothing like it.
Step 2: Pack more clothes than you think, Cartagena…

The Darién Gap: Our Crossing From Central America to South America

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The Darién Gap in green (image from Wikipedia)

Until recently, most of our family and friends who are following our adventure, didn’t realize that we wouldn’t actually be driving all the way to South America. Although there is land that connects Central America with South America, it is un-driveable. There is no road and most of the land is either mountainous rainforest or…

Overstaying Our Welcome in El Valle de Antón, Panama

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El Valle de Antón, sometimes called El Valle, was our higher elevation escape over the past month while we kicked around Panama. We ended up driving up to El Valle 3 times. Luckily, it is only 16 miles off the highway, so the actual distance wasn’t an issue. The drive is slow, twisty, and steep in parts, but the delicious…

Panama City Part 2

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We packed up our few belonging and put them back in storage yesterday and headed from Vancouver to Panama City. After a night flight that arrived at 830 am we were bagged and headed to the hotel for a power nap. Then off to the Terminal de Cargo and Girag to get the bike shipping organized.

This place is a…

Salty San Blas & Slow Shipping Blues

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Shipping…dun dun dun

The dreaded day had arrived.
But not before we met up with friends, and fellow overlanders Graham and Jenna (whom, GASP, do not have a blog) in Boquete, Panama. While enjoying Boquete’s fresh mountain air, we confirmed shipping with Everlogistics and booked a five-day sailing trip to Cartagena on The Windsurfer (an absolute perfect name if…

Surfing(?) in Panama

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Chasing surf is a significant element of our travels. If it were up to Scott, it’s all we would do. As any surfer knows, just because you want to surf, doesn’t mean you can. Are there waves?  What about tide, wind, crowds, access, currents, and water quality? All of these variables lead to our love-hate relationship with surfing.
Surfing in Panama…

Panama (Pre-Panama City)

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I have to admit, other than visiting the Hopp’s, I wasn’t really looking forward to Panama. I had always thought of Panama as “that piece of land between Costa Rica and South America”. Oh, and also the country with the Panama Canal. Many people driving the Pan-American highway zip through Panama for various reason. One of the reasons is related…

Boquete, Panama

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Following our stay at the La Jungla Rescue Center, we met up with the Hopp family in their beautiful rental home in Boquete. Scott and I met the Hopp’s through my dad. We had learned that they would be visiting Panama, so we worked hard to make sure we could see them during their 1-week visit. We were also eager…

Costa Rica and Panama Cuteness – Lots of Pictures

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What does a juvenile sloth and a spider monkey have in common?  Irresistible cuteness.
We had the great fortune, to happen upon a young sloth while poking around the beaches and coves near Quepos, Costa Rica. A local was feeding it small leaves from the almond tree, so we followed along. If it hadn’t been for his unusually slow movements,…

Costa Rica to Panama Border Crossing – Small Misstep

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Border-crossing days are always a bit stressful. Crossing from Costa Rica to Panama was no different. It usually takes 1-3 hours to cross a border because we have to deal with getting ourselves and our vehicle out of one country and into a new country – passport stamps, vehicle permits, insurance, changing money, etc. Costa Rica to Panama was about…

Have dog, will travel…slowly

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A month after first arriving in Panama City, we are still in Panama City. This has to do with three things: Our recent trip to California, the Darien Gap shipping process, and The Dog.

Milo can’t wait to get out of here either

To be fair, Milo has not really cost us a ton of money so far on this…

Panama

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We have sort of trucked through Panama pretty quickly. We hit the 10-month mark of our travels in Boquete, the highlands, where we enjoyed the cool weather and worked out some van problems.

Getting by with a little help from our friends in Boquete

 
Boquete is a strange place because it’s filled with gringos. Gringolands mean one thing to…

Panama: Au bout du canal à droite …

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Notre séjour au Costa Rica était un peu des vacances, il faut bien le dire. Mais nous devons maintenant aller au Panama, dont nous ne connaissons rien si ce n’est le fameux canal…
 
Passage de frontière: rien à signaler, les formalités habituelles. Déjà ça de gagné.
Le fait que nous soyons toujours en convoi avec nos amis Françoise et…

Shipping Colombia to Panama

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As promised and as I’ve been hounded by the South Africans…..hehe.Shipping agent in Colombia, Cartagena. They don’t speak ANY English at all so expect a strange experience. If you go to the office expect to be there a while. Take your Laptop and use their Wi-Fi for Google translate. They were OK although they loaded the car too early. They…

Cops…..(bent ones)

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So here he is. The little ffing copper (quite literally little) who decided to take my passport (copy) and license (fake) off to his little world for some reason.Actually I think the “reason” was we’d misunderstood their limp wrist attempt to wave us down. Now we all now what a stop hand signal is. Its a raised flat palm shown…

Cars 2….

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We have the car which was a bit of a nightmare. The depot has no ramp to get the car out the container. We used out waffle boards which luckily didn’t break off on the container as the mount point was small and maybe only 1 inch wide.
The Agent (Ever Logistics) at this end were excellent and everything…

All roads lead to Girag

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We needed to get back to the mainland so we had to wait for the ferry until 4 pm. They load it like a jig saw puzzle and we ended up sealed in. The nice thing about the delivery guys is they off sell their wares so there are lots of snacks for the 2-hour ride. This huge diesel delivery…

Bocas del Toro with the Chackos

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On the Isla colon itself there is only 1 road to Bocas del Drago beach 15.5 km away so we headed out there and back before we could go to the hotel to check in. The town itself is very touristy and there is a garbage collection dispute going on in town so it is strewn everywhere. The mayor announced…

Road to Bocas del Toro

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We were meeting friends in Bocas del Toro in a few days time and decided to drive back instead of flying with them. Getting out of Panama City in the traffic took almost an hour. The F800 was having some issues with the bike dying at speed. So we stopped at BMW to get a fuel pump electronic controller. Daniel…

South to the Darien

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Now for some real adventure we headed south of Panama City towards the Darien. This is a place with many of the indigenous Kuna people. There is a beautiful road to “nowhere”, and where the pavement ends is where the deforestation begins. Headed back to “civilization”.
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Gatun Lake and Fortress San Lorenzo

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Today we started with a trip to the Tocumen airport and a visit to Girag Shipping. We arranged to bring the bikes back on May 1 for storage until the end of September, when we will come back to arrange the shipping to Bogotá. That done we decided to go Coast to Coast and rode over to the Locks at…

Panama City

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The ride from El Valle to the Pan-Americana is amazing, but the Careterra itself is a bore. There are radar police at regular intervals, especially when the limit is 80 or below. Nearing the canal we crossed the bridge of the Americas. The Panama Canal has two locks on the Pacific side and you pass one on the way to…

Team Meeting

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We were a bit sad to leave the cooler and colorful Boquete, but south it is. Daniel and I have been following Gino and Fiona as they headed from BA to Ushuaia and north. They just arrived in Panama and we all planned to meet near Santiago as our paths crossed. We headed west again to David and then south…