Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Panama Jammin 5 - Bocas Bound

I'm back with a brand new video! This one is for everyone!!!

Panama Jammin from Boquete Panama to Bocas del Toro.

You will travel apprx 3.5 to 4.5 hours (depending on weather, your driving and stops) over the Talamanca Mountains (the Cordillera de Talamanca range in southern Costa Rica extends to the Costa Rica border with western Panama. Its highest peak, ChirripĆ³ Grande, rises to 12,530 feet (3,819 metres)).

East of Boquete the road that links the Pan-American Highway to the Caribbean Coast is one of the most beautiful drives that can be made in Panama!!

The road gradually goes up in the mountains from the Pacific side to reach the cloud forest through giant ferns, orchids a bromeliads. If the weather is fair, there is a superb point of view from the top.

Coming down on the other side -- on the left and right -- there are small Guaymie indigenous villages in the middle of amazingly exuberant vegetation -- you finally reach the blue waters of the Caribbean sea and the little town of Almirante (means admiral). 

You can't technically "drive" to Bocas del Toro -- In order to reach Bocas you will end up in Almirante.  

Bocas del Toro is a series of islands, reachable only by boat or plane. Generally most transport will get you to the main island Isla Colon or Bocas Town.

Almirante is Panama's banana cultivation center and the starting point of the fast boats that join the mainland to the Bocas del Toro archipelago. A bit further west the road arrives in Sixaola, on the Panama border with Costa Rica.

I for one, really enjoyed the ride. I will add this one to my list of the prettiest drives I have been on. 

Please check out the video below.

Panama Jammin 5 - Bocas Bound from Devon on Vimeo.

Next up -- our last stop
Two glorious days in Bocas del Toro
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