On August 4th we packed up at Bocas and flew to Panama City. This was a complete transport contest to getting to Bocas. Instead we got to catch a taxi into the airport that is literally in town, check in (walk back the 500 meters to Bocas town to grab some breakfast/coffee) and then fly straight into an airport in Panama City that was 10 minutes drive to our hotel. I could imagine living in Panama and flying to places like Bocas so easily for a weekend. Our first stop after checking in was a visit to the large new shopping mall filled with brands from Zara to Hermes. I indulged in a few new t-shirts from the first of these two, Day two though it was straight up and to the Miroflores lock to see the amazing Panama Canal in action. It was unbelievably impressive and it was nice to think that 70 odd years ago by grand parents went through on their way from the UK to NZ...continued below
After the Canal visit we headed to the Balboa Yacht Club which is down at the pacific entrance to the Canal system and where the yachts wait for their turn to transit. Who knows maybe we will be back one day and pulling up for a beer to reward a successful passage through. After lunch in the shade and my selfies with the Bridge of the Americas that joins North and South American we walked down to the Panama Biomuseo designed by Frank Gehry which was great to see. In some ways it reminded me of the Bilboa Guggenheim where we were with Sophia almost exactly 8 years ago when we travelled on our way back from the UK to settle back in NZ. Just smaller and more colourful though.
After a swim and some timeout at the hotel we headed to the old town for pizza, a dusk stroll and of course a bit of snake handling.
Our second day we attempted to walk to the playground on the