On to Panama!
Monika and Jens visit Panama and Costa Rica!
The next morning we woke early and headed to the local airstrip by boat for our twin prop flight to San Jose to connect with our flight to Bocas del Toro. Although they are puddle jumper planes, the flights were spectacular with great views of the plantations below, rivers, mountains, and rainforests. Upon landing in Bocas town and going through custom and immigration (consisting of one small room with two people behind 2 desks we grabbed a taxi to take us to our hotel, Hotel Bocas del Toro. It is overlooking the water, and had beautiful woodwork throughout the entire building. While the hotel is beautiful, the walls were thin, and we could hear almost everything going on out on the street for a while. After resting a bit in the air-conditioning (Bocas is very hot and humid mid-day) we took a stroll through town, stopping to eat at a restaurant near the hotel with a dock overlooking the water. We strolled down main street perusing some of the shops, stopped at the mini super for a few items and bottled water, and headed back to the hotel for a night of watching TV and lots of sleep.