I flew to Miami from London, had a one week stopover in the Florida Keys (nothing adventurous) then flew down to Panama city. I've been travelling around a bit here; seen some nice places.
|Casco Viejo (old town)|
|View across to (new) Panama city from Casco Viejo|
|Normal traffic conditions - gridlock!|
|Approaching Isla Contadora|
|A deserted beach|
|Another deserted beach|
|Yet another deserted beach|
|I told these guys I was thirsty, so one climbed a coconut tree for me!|
|Panama city from the Metropolitan park|
|A critter in the park|
After 2 weeks here in Panama at sea level I was getting a tan, but man it was hot! So I decided to go up into the hills and visit the small town of El Valle and spend the New Year there. It is set in the crater of a huge extinct volcano, so lots of waterfalls and thermal springs to visit, plus hiking around the hills. Much nicer temperature, around 25 degC as opposed to 34degC down in the city.
|The hill is called La India Dormida (sleeping Indian)|
|Not quite ripe yet!|
|Endangered yellow frog of Panama|
|Climbed to top of India Dormida - knackered!!|
|Mud pack in the hot springs|
Got back to the city to spend the last couple of days getting ready to move on to Costa Rica. I had to visit the Panama canal, spent some time in the museum there which was really interesting, watched a few boats transiting through, then back to my hotel to start booking flights.
|Ship exiting the canal to the Pacific|
|Ships coming into the canal from the Atlantic|