Panama & Costa Rica

Highlights of this trip included The San Blais Islands, Climbing to the top of Volcan Baru for the most spectacular sunrise i have even seen and staying in a tree house in Uvita

San Jose & Volcan Irazu , Costa Rica

We traveled from Uvita to San Jose on the long distance Tracopa bus which leaves several times a day from the terminal in Uvita. You buy your tickets before you get on the bus at the store in the station. The ticket seller spoke no English so I used my best Spanish to buy the…

Boquete Panama to Uvita Costa Rica by Bus- Crossing the Border

There are two ways to get from Panama to Costa Rica by bus. The fastest and easiest is the Tracopa express bus from David to San Jose which appears to leave at 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. Tracopa has a website with schedules and prices but the schedule on line was not the schedule we…

Volcan Baru Overnight Hike without a guide.

Volcan Baru is the highest mountain in Panama at 3474 metres it is also the only place in Panama and one of the only places in the world where you can see the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean at the same time on a rare clear day.


Boquete is the largest town in the Chiriqui Highlands with a population of 22,000. It is most famous for coffee but it’s also a great starting point for hikes, bird watching and adventure sports such as zip lining. There is a Hostel Mamallena owned by the same group as the one in Panama City which…

Panama City to Boquete by Bus with an Unplanned Detour

We started our day shoeless on the San Blais Islands from there we were transported back to Hostel Mamallena in Panama City. They have a bag storage area and they allowed us to leave our bigger bags there for the short trip to the islands. Our plan was to take the overnight bus from Panama…

Panama- Panama City

We flew to Panama City from Belize City on January 1st 2019. The Airport in Belize City is small. When you land, they wheel stairs up to the plane and you walk off onto the tarmac. The single line for customs is long and often overflows outside and on both of our trips there the…

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