Panama City to Punta Burica

We flew into Panama City, loaded our gear into a taxi and set out for our Hotel. Wow, after spending two weeks in Cuba where most of the cars are dated pre 1955 and the buildings eventually fall down and are not replaced; we were in a modern city. The billboards stuck out noticeably but failing to draw us in for a sale. We had now entered our second half of our journey, Central America here we come.

Jo and Bruce have two nights with us in Panama City to explore before hopping aboard a plane for home; the Panama Canal was top of our priority, finding a vantage point of the city and exploring the old city.

We had a lot of fun with my parents Jo and Bruce but unfortunately we had to say goodbye to them. There was a strange empty feeling as we sat eating breakfast without them the morning they left.

Two ships passing through the last lock at the Panama Canal

Our next destination is Panama's second largest city to the west called David. We have been in communication with a German couple Mo and Heike who are selling their car to us.

We met up with Mo and Heike and decided that the car would be perfect for us. The following day we all set of for the boarder to find a notary (lawyer) to finalise the formalities for us. This process was a lot easier than the information we had found researching the Internet.

After the dealings at the border and a night in Costa Rica, we crossed the border back into Panama with Mo and Heike and headed for Santa Catalina. We reached Santa Catalina and were greeted with a big swell. After spending close to two months out of the water and wanting to start our own adventure with our new car "Felix" the 4Runner; we set off for Playa Venao.

We didn't grow fond of the wave that carried a large crowd at Playa Venao and were soon on our way to Cambutal with a lovely English couple called Rory and Katie.