Panama started out as two things for us, a new country to explore and also our portal to South America. We knew from the start that most of our time in this country would revolve around making plans to get us and our car to Colombia, but unfortunately we prepared very little for this ahead of time. It is hard to explain because on one hand we should, and we do, have all the time in the world. But when it comes down to business, like actually sitting down and researching or writing, it is hard to find the time, or wifi.We arrived to our first, and our only known destination in Panama...the upland town of Boquete (N 8°46.423 W 82°25.915). Boquete greeted us with cool crisp mountain air, and a perfect sweet little town to mosey around. We wandered the streets eating fresh baked treats, barely able to articulate how thankful we were for the break from the scorching temperatures and humidity we had just left! We found a gem of a hostal, that had parking on the lawn... So its like staying at a nice place with wifi, electricity, kitchen, and bathroom, but getting to still set up "camp" and sleep in our own bed. And even though all we wanted to do in Boquete was hike, we had lots of business to tend to!
Before we begin researching and emailing, a pleasant surprise sends us in the right direction. Some overlanding friends, Michael and Veronika from Germany that we met back in Nicaragua, unexpectedly appeared at the same hostal. They had already been in contact with one of the shipping agencies and had a ton of advice/knowledge on how the process works. (They have also shipped their car across oceans a few times, so they were way on top of how things should work!) Before long we were booking a place for Lola on the same ship as their vehicle, with SCLines. Glad that the stress and agony of starting our paperwork and locating a shipping company was under wraps, we were free to spend our days enjoying Boquete. We frequented our favorite bakery deli, Sugar & Spice, for the best fresh bread and sandwiches ever, indulged in the highly uncommon craft beer from Boquete Brewing Company, hiked, prepped the car for shipping, and cooked up some super delicious dinners while going back in forth with emails for our southward journey.
|6.9% dark and tasty!!|
|Cutting the side panels to lock up the sleeping platform during shipping|
|A selfie in front of each of the 3 waterfalls|
|Sugar & Spice picnic lunch.pastrami on rye never tasted so good!|
|Some kind of orchid Smaller than half the size of my pinkie fingernail|
|Flowers that look like floating goldfish|
Lola hit a vehicle milestone in Boquete, proving that you do not need to buy new to get reliability...just buy an old Toyota. It seems that now at 200k she is just breaking in. We gave her an oil change with a view as a treat, and are now crossing our fingers that this post doesn't jinx us and we don't break down anytime soon!! ;)
|Hard to really grasp how huge this tree is in a pic!|
|The moment we realized we need a better camera!|
|The female to the left and the male on the right|
|We had no idea at the time, but the rain and storms will haunt us for the next two weeks :(|