Our 2007 Vacation in Panama
We don’t really remember why we decided to go to Panama. Our two trips
to South Africa, halfway around the world, had earned us enough frequent-flyer
points for a free trip to North or Central America. So now it was time to use
them, we thought. Panama sounded good to us. But then we found out about the
realities of cashing in on those points. Finally, by booking our flights eleven
months in the future, we managed to set up an itinerary that fit in with our
available vacation time in November, 2007.
Closer to our departure date, we started to do our research. It didn’t
take us long to find out that November was the rainiest month of the rainy
season in Panama. But could it really be that bad? We had been in Britain during
one of their rainiest summers in recent memory and survived. And Panama is
tropical, so it wouldn’t even be cold. Not a problem at all.
We always like to get away from the cities on our vacations, so the first thing
we did was to fly to David in the far western part of the country and head up into
the mountains. We spent a couple of days in Guadalupe near Parque Nacional La
Amistad, then hiked the Sendero Los Quetzales through the mountains of Parque
Nacional Volcan Baru to Boquete.
El Valle de Anton
We had heard good things about El Valle de Anton, so we spent a day there. Really
it was two half-days, but that still gave us time to get an idea of the place. It
would certainly be a place we would go back to, especially if we had more time.
We couldn’t go all the way to Panama without checking out the Panama Canal. So we
booked ourselves on a tour that did a full transit of the canal, from end to end.
Not on one of those huge cruise ships, but on a much smaller ship. That was one
of our most interesting days. We also spent a day looking around the sights of
Panama City, and a day checking out the birding sites near Gamboa.
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