S: Panama and Costa rica09
FC: panama and costa rica 09 | by abby lewtas
1: From Bocas del Toro to La Fortuna with Andrea, Tegan and Kate.
2: Panama City , Panama | It was exciting arriving in Panama City, I didn't know what was in store, but I knew Andrea and Tegan would have some adventures planned.
3: My 12 hours in Panama City was defiantly not enough....confused and half asleep, the alarm woke us after just over 2 hours. If we didn't leave then we would miss the 7 hour bus ride to David. Even though I felt like I hadn't stopped moving we packed up, ate breaky and made the dash for the bus terminal.
4: Boquete, Panama | ...it was a quaint little town, minding its own business. The gorgeous surrounds consisting of coffee farms and | colorful houses...
7: Coffee Farm Tour
8: The taxi dropped us at the bridge and the rain was coming down like nothing I had seen before, we headed out through the rocky crops which had turned to rivers... | ...finally found the hot springs, but with light disappearing we couldn't stay long.
10: Bocas del Toro, Panama
11: ...being the last in the water taxi meant our seats were terrible, all of a sudden we hit full speed. I was drenched within minutes...unexpectedly Kate was waiting for us at the hostel, we headed out for ladies night, which we later found out was every night on Bocas!
12: ...with nothing much to do but order juice at the deserted bar that hovered over the water. | We found ourself on one of the islands having a dip with the dog and the coconuts...
16: Shopping...Bocas del Toro style.
18: We strolled the half made pathway through the peaceful rain forest and arrived at Red Frog Beach...it was hardly sun baking weather but beautiful all the same...
21: Aqua Lounge, Bocas del Toro
25: Caribbean style hammocks lined the outsides, the water glowed blue through the gaps in the floorboards and the ocean pool cut out from the deck all made perfect sense at Aqua Lounge. Where the major job for the day was cutting up and passing out fresh pineapple...
26: Peurto Viejo, Costa Rica
27: ...we stamped out of Panama, drove over the rickety bridge into Costa Rica...finally we arrived in Peurto Viejo, as we drove in we could sense the enjoyment that we would have in this place... | Rocking J's
32: The 16km ride to Manzanillo was breathtaking...with no need for talking we rode with wide eyes through dense green jungle, where giant butterfly's and brightly colored flowers dotted the edge of the road.
33: Manzanillo, Costa Rica
34: ...so we had decided to stay an extra night and the anticipation for this day was huge...unfortunately we woke to pouring rain, meaning the trip to Bri Bri falls was out of the question. The booze cruise was canceled when we learned that the motor of the boat would not start. Instead we surfed and drank ron and coke on the beach, followed by our 'Don de esta Mary' party in celebration of her hens night, It was a pretty wild night...it was fantastic.
36: We took 17 zip lines through, tree tops, volcano side on the canopy tour at La Fortuna... | ...looking like dorks with our cameras hanging from our helmets, but it didn't matter.
37: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
38: So I left the girls in La Fortuna....it must have been about 18 hours on the bus in total. By 4pm we rolled into the extremely hot and humid Panama City. It was too late for me to visit the canal so instead I strolled around the old town taking in the sites.
39: Panama City, Panama
40: New York City, USA
41: I wanted to fit as much as possible into my time in NYC. On day one I visited to the top of the Empire State building, toured the UN, strolled the hustling streets, shopped in Soho and went to the Ice Hockey to see the New York Ranges Vs San Jose Sharks!
43: The next day I found myself wandering through Central Park before a Sex and the City tour, a ride to Staten Island to see the Statue of Liberty... | ...and catching up with the beautiful Imi who gave me the local tour for dinner, desert and drinks and some tips on how I should spend my last day here.
44: ...so to complete the whirlwind tour of NYC in 3 days, I walked Brooklyn Bridge and managed some more shopping downtown... | ...visited the highlander project. The rooftop garden walk constructed on the old train line, Chelsea markets for lunch...and before I knew it, I was boarding QF94 to Melbourne!