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24 Sep

Why you need to book a ticket to Panama II

And after all this adrenaline and cold weather it’s necessary to go to the beach. I think the tourist region is the Bocas de Toro island, an archipelago so diverse and impressive that it is hard to describe in words or to explain why I like it so much. Each escapade on its various islands or even on the main island is an adventure.

In Almirante leave the car parked in one of the special places and take one of the rides to Isla Colon, the main island in the archipelago. You will meet many locals on bicycles eager to help you leave your car and to find a boat. They don’t organize the rides they want tips but will help you in exchange for tips. Price per ride is around $ 4. If you want to take the ride consult this site for hours of crossing and from what I understand you need to wait in line with the car several hours before, especially in season.

As for the accommodation on the island, you can choose Selina Hostel, Hotel Olas or a new very modern concept, which will be ready this winter. You can stay on other islands, but I have no recommendation for that only what to visit. However, Colon Island is the most vivid, with many people, activities and some nightlife. It depends on how hard you want to detach yourself  from the world.

On Colon island go to playa Estrella, it has a gorgeous water,  you can see starfish. Locals prepare  fish with platoons and there are piles of coconuts for you to cool down with.

Photos by Rares Pulbere

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For more adrenaline follow a route through the jungle with the ATV without a guide, a well established route, but quite difficult. Anyway for me it was an experience, though not my first ATV ride. Here is their website and I’m sure you will return the second day also to sit at the bar and in the cradle, which was super popular on my instagramul.

Dreamy place for this evening with @veverita. I will miss this. 💙💙💙

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The next island important island is Bastimentos where I recommend you to go to the Red Frog Beach and Wizard Beach. For Red Frog go through the national park (the Islands National Marine Park) and if you have patience and you might see tiny red frogs. The road to Wizard Beach is rudimental and a bit steeper. You have to climb up to Up on the Hill, an organic farm, with cabins, organic coffee, kombucha teas and many other oils in their gift shop. After you’ve energized follow the descent to the beach through the jungle. You will discover a huge variety of flowers, plants and of course insects and also small snakes. Do not venture this way in slippers. But once you reach the beach you’ll have time to relax and prepare yourself spiritually to do take the same path back ☺. 

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From Colon Island you can take trips to Zapatilla island, the farthest island. It consists of two islands on a coral platform. Unfortunately, we got there very late and didn’t get to visit, because it was really dark. On the way there we stopped and did some snorkelling and sun tanned, so not there was not much time left for the island. But we always have to have a reason to go back, right?

Speaking of reasons, I want to tell you another reason why I want to get back in Bocas del Toro. Together with my boyfriend, we decided that in this trip will take our diver pantents, although I have a terrible fear of deep water and can’t stand to stay underwater. But, I always try to dominate my fears I told myself I’ll succeed this time also. We woke up every day from 6 to solve tests, I gave a few exams, did equipment training, but when the day came to dive I panicked. After the instructor’s lengthy attempts, I managed to let go  and dive in the water and even pulled my mask underwater. I managed to dive to 10 m, but both I and the instructor thought I’ll break his hand when I saw that huge abyss that seemed to swallow us. In short, I managed to get down to see a wreck, interesting fish, but the second time I couldn’t go. Even though I threw up after I got out of the water I continued with the theory and I believed that I’ll have the courage to dive again. But no. I mastered the theory but I’m missing some diving hours to get the patent. A good enough reason to come back and to fight with my fear of water.

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And as final tip, although there are plenty of things to do in the region go to Bahia de los Delfines, we saw many dolphins there.

What I did not visit this year and I’m really sorry for that because it competes with Bocas at No. 1  Panama preferences of mine, is also an archipelago of 378 islands, some very small, uninhabited and  turquoise  water you rarely see: Islands San Blas. I visited them in 2015 and I was very impressed.

The road from Panama City to the boat is not very comfortable if you are carsick, but then you realize it’s worth the effort. I’ll leave a few pictures because it’s hard to describe the landscape. You have to see it and definitely it’s going to be a strong reason to return again and again.

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If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will try to help you with you based on what I know for your experience to be as beautiful as mine. The idea to don’t have expectations and experience everything you can.

Enjoy my photos. Kisses

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Si dupa atata adrenalina si frig este cazul sa mergem catre plaja. Cred ca cea mai turistica zona este insula Bocas de Toro, un arhipeleag atat de divers si impresionant, ca imi este greu sa il descriu in cuvinte sau sa va explic de ce imi place atat de mult. Fiecare escapada pe diferite insule sau chiar pe insula principala reprezinta o aventura. 

 In Almirante lasati masina parcata intr-unul din locurile special amenajate si luati una din cursele, foarte dese catre Isla Colon, principal insula din arhipeleag. O sa intalniti foarte multi localnici pe biciclete dornici sa va ajute sa va lasati masina, sa gasiti o barca. Cursele nu sunt realizate de ei, dar vor tips in schimbul ajutorului. Pretul pe o cursa este in jur de 4$. Daca doriti sa traversati cu masina consultati acest site pentru orele de trecere si din cate am inteles trebuie sa puneti masina la coada cu cateva ore bune inainte, mai ales in sezon.

Ca si cazare pe insula puteti alege tot Hostel Selina, Hotel Olas sau un nou concept foarte modern, care va fi gata in aceasta iarna. Mai sunt si alte insule, pe care va puteti caza, dar nu am nici o recomandare de stat, ci doar de vizitat. Totusi insula Colon este cea mai vie, cu multa lume, activitati, ceva viata de noapte. Depinde cat de tare vreti sa va detasati de lume.

Pe insula Colon va recomand sa mergeti la playa Estrella, cu o apa superba, in care se vad stelele de mare. Localnicii pregatesc imediat peste cu platanos, iar nucile de cocos sunt gramezi intregi numai bune ca sa va racoriti.

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Pentru ceva mai multa adrenalina va recomand un traseu prin jungla cu ATV-ul, fara ghid, pe un traseu bine stabilit, dar destul de dificil. Oricum pentru mine a fost o experienta, desi nu sunt la prima cursa cu atv-ul. Aveti aici site-ul lor si sunt sigura ca va veti intoarce si a 2 a zi sa stati la barul lor si in leaganul, care a facut furori pe instagramul meu.

Urmatoarea insula ca si importanta este insula Bastimentos, unde va recomand sa mergeti la playa Red Frog si Wizard Beach. Catre Red Frog mergeti putin prin parcul national (insula este National Marine Park) si  daca aveti rabdare puteti sa vedeti si broscute rosii minuscule. Spre Wizard Beach insa drumul este neamenajat si putin mai abrupt. Trebuie sa urcati pana la Up on the Hill, o ferma organica, cu cabanute, cafea organica, kombucha, ceaiuri si multe alte uleiuri la gift shopul lor. Dupa ce v-ati energizat urmeaza partea de coborare catre plaja prin jungla. O sa descoperiti o varietate foarte mare de flori, plante si bineinteles insecte si poate serpi mici. Nu va aventurati la acest drum in slapi. Insa odata ce ati ajuns la plaja o sa aveti timp sa va relaxati si sa va pregatiti sufleteste sa faceti acelasi drum si la intoarcere ☺.

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De pe insula Colon puteti sa faceti excursii catre insula Zapatilla, cea mai indepartata insula. Este formata din 2 insule pe o platform de corali. Din pacate, am ajuns la ea foarte tarziu si nu am apucat sa o vizitez, pentru ca se intuneca. In drum ne-am oprit si am facut snorkeling si plaja asa ca nu a ramas foarte mult timp pentru insula. Dar intotdeauna trebuie sa avem un motiv sa ne reintoarcem, nu? 

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Apropo de motive, vreau sa va povestesc un alt motiv pentru care imi doresc sa ma intorc in Bocas del Toro. Am hotarat impreuna cu prietenul meu ca in aceasta excursie o sa ne luam brevet de scufundator, desi eu am o frica teribila de apa adanca si nu support sa stau sub apa. Dar cum intotdeauna incerc sa imi domin fricile am zis ca o sa reusesc si de data aceasta. Ne-am trezit in fiecare zi la 6 ca sa rezolvam testele, am dat cateva examene, am facut instructajul echipamentului, dar cand a venit ziua de scufundat eram mega panicata. Dupa lungi incercari ale instructorului am reusit sa imi dau drumul pe spate in apa si chiar mi-am scos masca sub apa. Am reusit sa cobor pana la 10 m, dar am crezut (si el) ca o sa ii rup mana instructorului, cand vedeam acel hau imens, care parea ca ne inghite. Pe scurt am reusit sa cobor sa vad o epava, pesti interesanti, dar a 2 a oara nu m-a mai prins sa cobor. Chiar daca am vomitat, dupa ce am iesit din apa eu am continuat cu teoria si am crezut, ca o sa imi fac curaj sa cobor din nou. Dar nu. Am facut toata partea de teorie si imi mai lipsesc cateva scufundari, ca sa am brevet. Un motiv sufficient de bun sa ma intorc si sa ma lupt cu frica mea de apa.

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Iar ca ultim tip, desi sunt o gramada de lucruri de facut in zona va recomand Bahia de los Delfines, unde chiar am vazut multi delfini.

Ce nu am apucat sa vizitez de data aceasta si imi pare foarte rau, pentru ca concureaza cu Bocas la nr 1 preferinte Panama este tot un arhipeleag de 378 de insule, unele foarte mici, nelocuite si cu apa de un turquoise cum rar vezi: Insulele San Blas. Le-am vizitat in 2015 si am ramas foarte impresionata.

I’m sorry but i can’t stop posting pictures with summer mood! 😜 Happy weekend my friends!!!!

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Drumul din Panama City pana la barca nu este foarte confortabil, daca ai rau de masina, dar dupa aceea iti dai seama ca merita tot efortul. O sa va las doar cateva poze pentru ca este greu de descris peisajul. Trebuie sa il vedeti si cu siguranta o sa fie un motiv destul de puternic, ca sa va intoarceti iar si iar.

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Daca aveti si alte intrebari, lasati-mi un comentariu si o sa incerc sa va ajut cu ce stiu, pentru ca experienta voastra sa fie la fel de frumoasa ca si a mea. Ideea este sa va lasati asteptarile acasa si sa experimentati tot ce puteti.

Enjoy my photos. Kisses

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