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I was in South America (Argentina to Colombia) and in Ecuador & Colombia met a lot of people coming down from (and afterwards friends I'd met travelled up into) Central America. With just one exception (who flew), the others had all gone via the San Blas Islands. http://wikitravel.org/en/San_Blas_Islands Which to me look simply stunning! I'd seen ...


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Several people already mentioned the sail boat option, but as none of them has done it themselves, I will add my experience from May 2009: As said elsewhere the hostels in Panama city act as intermediaries between travelers and the boats. They have a list of boats leaving on certain dates with prices which ranging from 250 to 350 US dollars. While some of ...


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When I was in Panama City about 4 or 5 years ago all the hostels had ads posted by private people, sometimes families, that sailed back and forth in their yachts and wanted travellers to come along to help with costs. There was a waiting list for each yacht. At the time the price to sail was pretty much the same as a flight which was in the region of $300 ...


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There are at least 2 tours that I could find that could fit your criteria: Undiscovered Carribean and LeatherBack Volunteer Vacation I am sure that you could probably get to those beaches on your own if you choose to but I think these would be better. There is actually a whole slew of tours just like those at SeeTurtles.org EDIT More on Turtle ...


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While not having direct experience from Central America but rather central Asia, such as rainforests in Indonesia where the humidity also easily surpasses 90%, I can tell you that you do not need to worry. I never had an issue and I hardly ever use air conditioning, be it with cameras, laptops or cellphones etc. If you want to be extra sure take silica gel ...


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Spanish is the common language in Panama and is not much different than Spanish spoken in the rest of Central America. Even if you do not know the right Spanish, you will be understood, although you will find that some words are local. While many people understand English, those are mostly concentrated around tourist areas. Although not everyone will be ...


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They do ask for a ticket to show that you are leaving the country but when you are at immigration you can buy a cheap bus ticket out of the country and they will accept it (even if you don't actually take the bus). There are always plenty of bus operators selling tickets. If you are on a tight budget you can print out flight details (without having paid for ...


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I've heard several reports that the Darien Gap is quite dangerous due to drug trafficking. Personally, I would fly although I understand it's possible to cross by hopping on small boats on the Caribbean side. One of the Lonely Planet books (sorry I forgot which one) has more details, but they also don't recommend it.


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I am traveling to Montezuma, CR this coming April. I would need to fly out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. What is the best airport to land in CR and what are the ground transportation options to Montezuma. Well, one major airport in the country is San José (Juan Santamaría) airport (SJO) located near the capital. In most cases, that is the "best airport ...


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I'll answer it a bit differently, since you asked about English being popular as well. Officially, in Panama (the country), 93% of the country speaks Spanish as their first language, although many speak it as their second as well. English is spoken by 8% of the country. So by and large, as a traveller, you'll get by very well if you speak Spanish and/or ...


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So, I understand what you meant by "actual operators". Actual operators refers to the boat operators who actually operate the boats. Now, as you pointed out there are two which are fairly common and famous, i.e. Pacific Queen Panama Canal Tours Canal and Bay Tours I found two more which seem to have their own ships based on the obscure information ...


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I have been to both Panama and Costa Rica last year, and I enjoyed Panama a lot more - even though I haven't been to the most interesting parts! In general almost everything in Costa Rica is packaged - so if you go to a cloud forest, you have nice trails, prepared for all level hikers (including small children and the elderly). You get the map from the ...


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It is a bit of a drive (probably around 30-45 minutes, as you said), and as far as I know there is no public transport so you have to get a taxi (about $30 one way). However, you have 8 hours, so you are still left with 5 hours in Panama City. If I were you, I would definitely go for it. For example, you would manage to see all of the Casco Viejo and have a ...


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From what I could find there doesn't seem to be much in terms of organized tours to Playa Larga but the Bocas del Toro site mentions that you can get there by plane or driving. From another site there is a mention of: Long Beach, on the north of Bastimentos Island is a large beach with a very rugged beauty. There is where marine turtles come to nest ...


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We ended up watching the leatherback turtles on the Gandoca beach. This was organized through an agency in Puero Viejo de Talamanca (I can't remember the name of the agency). I can certainly recommend this option, and after reading more about turtle watching I think it is actually get by far the highest probability of success in April.


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It seem that there is but the only way to fly might be a chartered flight. Air Panama which supposedly services the airport doesn't seem to have any scheduled flights to or from Santiago de Veraguas. The only thing I was able to find are charter planes that are able to go to the airport. Which seems to be confirmed by a Panama guide book, which states ...


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Having spent years upon years through monsoons in India.. Laptops will not get spoilt. However, I have heard of cases where people who lived in beach facing apartments faced faster corrosion of their electronics, but these were older electronics like amplifiers / equalizers. Given todays electronics manufacturing (boards coated with some resistant ...


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The METROBUS Card can only be purchased in the selected Point of Sales and Recharge (POS). Unfortunately, at the time of writing, according to the METROBUS website it would seem that there is no METROBUS POS at Tocumen Airport. Here is an up-to-date list of these POS from the METROBUS website. However this online newspaper article from La Prensa dating 2013 ...


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One better flight search engine than Kayak appears to be Taca Airlines (albeit based in the UK). For BOG -> CTG -> PTY -> BZE -> SFO, as of June 2nd 2014, Kayak's cheapest flight is $1790, while Taca's is $1630. Copa, despite being local, fared far worse than Kayak on a BOG -> PTY -> SFO route ($1256 vs. $1088). Its interface is also as clunky as Avianca's, ...


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There are two ways, and it'll depend on how long he has in the US. 1) He can apply for a new passport, from America, through the Consulate. For example, the Consulate of Panama in Houston, Texas states that it's possible to do so and how to do it, including the requisite forms and costs. The downside is that it takes 6-8 weeks, which may be too long for ...


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First of all, the location description is very vague. You can cross the boarder from Colombia into Ecuador by foot. Those are neighboring countries. I assume therefore that you want to start from a larger city, like Cartagena and go to Guayaquil. However, from Cartagena, you are in for more than 2000km. Panama, on the other hand is still 1500km away. Which ...


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Not directly your question, but things you should have also asked: Check for consequences if you lose your car for some reason and Mexico deems it to be imported, charging you import tax. I'm quite sure there was a corresponding question on this site not long ago. And check what your insurance thinks about it. They may not be happy and not cover you at all ...


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I answer myself. After some extensive researching, I've found this blog post in Spanish that says: The visitor center has some confortable huts with beds, bathroom and AC [..] is the only place you can stay overnight, because you cannot camp. Also, it explains that there are crocodiles in the area, so it's not a good idea to camp in the beach even ...


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Bus Is Cheapest But You Need a METROBUS Card The English version of the Tocumen Airport webpage on public transport mentions only taxis, which makes it easy to assume that taxis are the only form of public transport connecting the airport to the city. This is not the case however, as the Spanish version of the Tocumen Airport webpage on public transport ...


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There's a legal minimun age to drive in Panama, but besides that some companies may have their own policies. National Rent a Car says the driver must be at least 23 years old and Sixt requires drivers to be at least 21 years of age. About documentation you should have a passport and your country's drivers license (or the international drivers license). If ...


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Looking at the answers to other similar questions, such as... Driving from US to Central America Driving from San Antonio to Copan Ruinas, Honduras Comparative safety of countries in Central America ...it looks like you might have to be prepared to bribe the police occasionally. Other than that I can't really tell you much but the answers in above ...


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I don't think it's extremely risky if you stick to Major thoroughfares. It would also be advantageous if you speak the lingua populi. If you're dead-set on this trip i'd say you should only stop in relatively well off areas. Mexico is not as lawless as the headlines make it out to be, at least, compared to other central american countries.


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While the city is only 15 minutes drive from the airport at times, given your narrow window, it would make more sense for your friend to come to the airport to meet you. Indeed, Wikitravel suggests that in busy periods, it can even take up to an hour, which you don't want if you're stressing about getting back to your flight! Assuming your bags are checked ...


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Sadly, most online reviews on TripAdvisor or other local sites also suggest Ancon Hill - others photos suggest that maybe the trees have grown since their shot and yours - or perhaps you need to get closer to the edge? :/ Another suggestion, however, is a different angle - the view from Amador Causeway or Calzada de Amador. It's not a high-up view, but the ...



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