Can’t believe it. Camilla and I are gonna stop off for a few days with our dear friends Josie and Diana in Panama City Panama. Hey it’s on the the way – on the way to us tour guiding the BCT Ecuador + Peru trip which includes attending the English DC is Guayaquil Ecuador and the Peru Branch in Lima and then on to Macchu Picchu Just a little over a month and we’ll be there. Never been to Panama City Panama so really looking forward to it.
Panama City is at the crossroads of two oceans and two continents. Everywhere in this steamy, tropical town are people from around the world enjoying coffee shops and wine bars along the oceanfront promenades. Due to all the hype many local residents are calling Panama City the “Dubai of the Americas.” They’re only half-joking.
Found a few places I want to try out. Just a rough sketch of day 1 so as to get a feel for Days 2, 3, 4, and 5 – Sorry for being a little long winded on this one but we are so excited
1) FAST BOAT, SLOW BOAT
See the Panama Canal from the vantage of the ships that use it. Maybe we’ll take the “rapida” (fast boat) to Taboga Island, the day trip of choice for beach-obsessed Panamanians. The 30-minute, 12-mile trip ($6) departs from the Amador Causeway, a palm tree-lined peninsula built from canal construction debris, and makes its way through the maze of freighters lined up at the waterway’s mouth. Taboga, nicknamed the Island of Flowers, is famous for its varied flora, its tan beachesand its fish shacks. Splash in the warm Pacific before returning on the slow boat, the Calypso Queen Ferry ($6). (The U.S. dollar is the paper currency of Panama, though it is also referred to as the balboa.)
2) WINE, THEN DINE
Casco Viejo, the city’s formerly dilapidated colonial quarter, has turned the corner. The area still buzzes with a creative energy. But, for good or for ill, the old town seems comfortable in its newly painted, nouveau riche skin. We want to watch the sun set with a glass of wine or a cold Panamanian cerveza in view of the mangroves in front of La Rosa de los Vientos. Then After sunset, explore the artscene. Many of the galleries are also excellent little out of the way cafes.
3) MOONLIT PROMENADE
Walk off dinner on the promenade. Then kill an hour at DiVino Enoteca enotecadivino.com), a wine bar with Iberian ham hanging behind the counter and black-and-white movies playing silently on a far wall. We’ll look over the lounge’s art, food and design books.
Stay tuned for my (Ro of RoCaPhoJo) next blog about Day two and who knows but that the very next blog may be the very first blog of Jo of RoCaPhoJo!!