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I thought we would never get through this. It took about 1 1/2 hrs. Our friend from Costa Rica was driving his van and had to have a pile of papers. Make sure your driver if you have one is familiar with what is needed. Orlando was short one but managed to have it ignored. We ran into more trouble on the way back in to CR and had to grease a few more palms.
Do not plan on driving a rental car across the border. The rental companies will not let you do it.
Unique Suggestions: There are border crossing "guides". Do hire one. It would have taken us twice as long to figure out what to do. Some of the places we had to go to were totally hidden behind some of the many trucks also crossing..we never would have known where to go. You feel like you are running around in circles.
Fun Alternatives: We went through Paso Canoas. Probably the busiest crossing. You can go through Sixaola on the Caribbean side or there is a new crossing over by San Vito.
The only options we had were Sixaola which was totally flooded out and closed or Paso Canoas. We had planned on going through Sixaola and had hotel reservations for the preceding days before crossing but had to change them.
Written Mar 17, 2006
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As nights are chilly and temperature may fall to near zero you should provide yourself with warm jackets, especially if you want to wander around in the night. If you have planned to do camping then you need a pack of warm clothes because it is really freezing in the nights.
Updated Jul 21, 2008
Canopying is a nice idea for taking out your energy. The technique of sliding on strong cables over the canopy of tall forest trees was taken from the indigenous people and then perfected by botanists and naturalists all over the world. Today everyone can taste this fascinating sport 'riding' high above the pristine forested nature, rivers and waterfalls. In Boquete you can book a tour with Boquete Tree Trek which belongs to the Adventurist Company. There are 3 kilometers of 11 different cables. They will take you up to a beautiful location bordering the National Park Amistad and Baru volcano. Before you start the well trained instructors will teach you the first steps and the rules for safety. You will be suspended between 30 and 60 meters above ground in a breathtaking ride through the forest.
You need long pants and boots or any type of closed shoes. You can take your camera with you but it is impossible to take pictures while you are on the cable. You can take photos of your friends while waiting for your turn on the platforms or ask the guides to help.
Written Jul 23, 2008
Address: Avenida Central, Boquete
Phone: (507) 720 1635