Panama and Colombia - Winter 2010 travel blog







Gaillard Cut. Approaching the Continental Divide.


Miraflores Locks


Bridge of the Americas, opening onto the Pacific ocean.

Panama City skyline behind the Amador Causeway

I spent Friday and Saturday in Panama City. It was hot, humid, and mostly sunny. The first morning I got out of my room around 9h30 and was blinded (being used by now to the low winter light in Toronto).

On Friday I took a taxi to Casco Viejo (the old colonial part of the city) and walked around. I had the company of Philip, a young South African guy who was staying in the same hostel. Apparently it's safer to wander around there with someone else, although it didn't seem like a dangerous place. We also went to the top of Cerro Ancon, a local mountain with a view of the city, a little like Mont Royal in Montreal, except, well, with a tropical feel.

The modern part of Panama City looks like Miami. It's covered in high rise buildings, thin and tall towers all crowded together, half of them under construction it seems. Even Trump has a building here!

On Saturday I did a half transit of the Panama Canal, starting in the middle, near the town of Gatun, and crossing two sets of locks to reach the Pacific ocean, back in Panama City. Interesting, but not sure if it was worth $115...

Yesterday, Sunday, I spent the day riding buses to come to Boquete in the mountains near the border with Costa Rica, where I'll be studying Spanish for 2 weeks. More about this tomorrow.

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