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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Transit in Paris, France: considering you are not going to another Schengen state after Paris, and that you have an onward ticket, you can TWOV (transit without visa) in Paris (for a maximum of 24 hours in transit). Transit in Costa Rica: TWOV is possible given that you have an onward ticket (for a maximum of 12 hours in transit). Source: TimaticWeb


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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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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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So I ended up walking up to the taxi counter and saying, "Quisiera visitar un café super chévere en la ciudad, no lugar especifico." They hooked me up with a local driver who drove me around the city, parked out by Isla Naos so I could take pictures, had brunch with me at a local café (all the while I got to practice my Spanish – super cool!) and had me ...


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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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Since you stated your areas of interest clearly I can tell you what you can find in CR: Isla de Coco is one of the best diving spots in the world (a week "all inclusive" boat ride is $4000-$5000). The caribean side is wonderful for surfing and so are on the pacific, Jaco and the north. More than half the country is reserves so nature is everywhere. People ...


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I was also going to recommend Casco Viejo, but if you have more time besides, you might also think about squeezing in a look at Panamá Viejo too. Panama City is perhaps the most interesting capital city in Central America and, though it also has bad areas that must be avoided, is definitely safer than the others and has plenty of locals and tourists ...


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I would say whether to bring it is a maybe. In the cities (at least in Costa Rica, I'm not familiar with Panama), there are often paved sidewalks, and if you're planning on walking longer distances, you may not want to carry your 3 year old when he/she gets tired of walking. That said, sidewalks in Costa Rica are not generally built with ADA accessibility ...


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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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