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Not Just a Canal

12 Days in Panama. Do I want to retire here or just visit again and again?

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Waves at Red Frog Beach
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Mary Jo Catlett
Ahh, last day. This has been a wonderful trip and we actually feel like we have seen some of the real Panama. The canal was fascinating but there truely is much more. The portion of the trip …
Lunch view from Bocas Town
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Mary Jo Catlett
The guys really like this hotel - its hard to drag them out to see more of the city but we do venture out to local shopping areas for lunch and a little sight-seeing. A wonderful little man stops us …
All this Rain deserves a Rainbow
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Mary Jo Catlett
Up at our leisure this morning and we have breakfast at the Albrook Inn on their lovely outdoor seating area. The birds join us for breakfast as they have each morning that we have been here. We're …
Road between Boquete and Bocas
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Mary Jo Catlett
This morning we transfer back to Panama City and the Albrook Inn via the Bocas airport. Seamless connections. We are meet at the airport by our guide and taken to visit both Panama Viejo and Casco …
Morning Mist over Mountains/Atlantic
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Mary Jo Catlett
Just a nice relaxing day in which we bummed around the town, did a little shopping and eating and generally soaked up the atmosphere. We heard the sounds of drums in the distance and followed them to …
Mi Casa es Su Casa - Boquete
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Mary Jo Catlett
This morning we are scheduled for snorkling and a visit to Red Frog beach on Bastimentos. Guess what! Its rainy and cold. It's never cold in the Bocas. We set out anyway and with a group of about 8 …
My new friend Pedro - Paradise Gardens Boquete
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Mary Jo Catlett
We haven't read great things about the diving in the Bocas but we've scheduled 2 dives anyway. We check in first thing in the morning and the process seems somewhat chaotic - should have been a sign! …
Wild Margay cat at Paradise Garden
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Mary Jo Catlett
This morning we transfer to Bocas del Toro. Rolando picks us up early in the morning - so early that we have gotten a "breakfast to go" from Ava. The drive is interesting. Its a grey day …
Hiking in La Amistad National Park
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Mary Jo Catlett
Well, while we got our massages yesterday, seems that Jake has done some research. He has found a local place he wants to take pictures. We eat breakfast outside on the patio and head over to …
Hiking near Boquete
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Mary Jo Catlett
Up early again and Rolando takes us for a long hike through La Amistad Peace Park. They have to wait for me on the up-hills... Rolando is very nice and he and Jake get to chatting - half English and …
Beginning of La Amistad hike
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Mary Jo Catlett
We're up early for a quick breakfast on the patio. Our guide, Arial, picks us up at 8 for a hike of Camino del Oleoducto (Pipeline trail) which is part of Parque Nacional Soberania. The area is …
Tocan on Pipeline hike
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Mary Jo Catlett
Our son Jake (33) is visiting and we take off for 11 days in Panama. I've read so many interesting things about Panama and it is touted as an ideal place for U.S. retirees (a couple of years to go …

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