To get to Boca Chica from Panama city you get on the bus for David and after five hours get off on the junction to Horconcitos. There you can find taxis waiting to take you to Boca Chica for 15$. If there are no taxis when you get there you just ask a passer by to take the message to the village. You may have to wait for half an hour.
From David there are direct buses to Horconcitos where you can find a taxi for Boca Chica. Or you can get on any bus to Panama city and ask the driver to drop you off at the junction. Remind them again after 40 minutes just in case...
From Boca Chica there is a small bus every day for the junction for 2$ or private collectivos for 1.5$. Sometimes it is difficult to get on a bus from the junction because the buses from David are packed up and they won't stop so you will have to go to David and then catch a bus to Panama City. This happened to me...
you can hire a tourism taxi that can pick you up at bocas del toro to boquete and go anyplace else if you want. and it will also take you back to panama when you leave.this method will take around 2-3 hours if you want to fly go to this page www.aeroperlas.com and you can do reservation on line. this takes no mere than 30 min. but youll have to take a drive to boquete which takes like 30 min whatevers best for you ground or air. hope this answers your question
There are times when it is best to have your own transportation. This seemed like one of those times. We rented a car in David from Hertz and drove to Boquete. From Boquete to Guadalupe, back to Boquete, and then back to David.
Panama has good highways and we had no problem getting around.
We were able to get a direct flight from Dallas/Fort Worth on American Airlines to Tocumen International Airport in Panama. They do this annually during the high season. Luckily we arrived in Panama early enough to make it to Boquete by dusk.
By the time I'm done, you'll know how to get around! :)
If you're arriving or leaving Panama on a yacht, you still need to clear customs and immigration somewhere. Make sure to choose a reliable, highly-recommended skipper to start with, for all the right reasons. He will normally be used to transporting foreign travellers back and forth and he knows what they need to be in order. Don't go for the least expensive crossing, choose carefully based on the whole package offered.
I was given a few names of skippers to contact in Colon. Some were more expensive than the one I chose, others less. But they were never as well organised overall, you had to bring your food for the four days at sea (I had NO idea how to do that and how we'd manage to be in the kitchen all at the same time!), and in some cases, you were on your own when it came to clearing customs and immigration.
With my skipper, he brought the food and prepared all meals. Everything was delicious and I could even say, done with a gourmet's touch. He made sure everyone on board had the papers they needed to leave Panama and to enter Colombia. (We would have lost a lot of time if any one of us had come onboard without the stamp in his passport showing that he'd been admitted into Panama OR if he had outlasted his stay. Also, major problems with anyone unlikely to be admitted into Colombia -- for more or less the same reasons.)
Our skipper knew the customs people on both sides and for this reason, he was able to collect our documents at the right time and dinghy over to the officials to get everything stamped in a jiffy.
The pic is the Customs and Immigration house on one of the islands in the San Blas Archipelago. It was so quaint and we all got a fantastic stamp in our passport saying "Left Panama on the Golden Eagle". There was another huge stamp waiting for us in Cartagena. I was so proud of that passport, showing all my exits and entries since Mexico all the way to South America! Well, I 'lost' it the minute I reached my final destination...
Practical details: You can reach Portobelo by chicken bus from Panama City, or Colon (the biggest cities around -- I'm sure you can also get there from other places in Panama.) I got off my Panama-Portobelo bus to meet a friend near Colon, then backtracked a bit to get a chicken bus to Portobelo. The ride was longer than I expected & a bit rough, but very rich in every way. We rode along the coast in a jungle, the bus stopped everywhere to let people out & welcome some in, local people surrounded the bus at every stop to sell fresh food to passengers, & the kids in the bus! Priceless!
Emotions: The kids in South America are very touching in many ways... they look like little adults at first & when you approach them with a smile, ask them about the puppy dog they're carrying under their sweater, they flash that child's smile & are sooo trusting! Many of them are little businessmen by force of circumstance. It takes only a smile & a question to see them as the children that they are. I saw many 'older' brothers caring for their younger siblings across Latin America. Every one of them was a child the second he was given a chance to be.
Portobelo,Caribbean Sea side of Panama. This historic little town of old Spanish forts & buckaneer fame is where I joined my sailing group for the crossing to Cartagena, Colombia. The pic is dark but I left it as is because it's exactly as I remember the moment, dawn on November 28, my first encounter with some of our gang, waiting for the skipper to come & get us on his dinghy to bring us to his yacht and go on a wonderful, bonding adventure!
The Golden Eagle is in the background, navy blue hull.
I realise that I'm going on about this sailing trip... but this experience means the world to me to this day. There's no point writing tips about Portobelo, it's small & no one needs tips to discover it. Many, however, might wonder about how to go from Panama to Colombia. This, for me, was exactly what I was dreaming of even before I could even imagine actually doing it!
The bus is good when you want to travel long distance. It is cheap and safe. But in Panama city the bus is crazy. Very cheap but creazy and the route is hard to know. I recommend the taxi but if you are not scared try the bus and get off anywhere it's fun.
To travel in Panama City and surrounding used the taxi. It is cheap you can go everywher for $1-3 us. Taxi drivers make up thier rate. So ask and if it's too expensive you can try to deal or just say no and wait for another taxi. Taxis are everywhere. The most you will wait for a taxi is 30 seconds. But not recommended for people with heart problems. They drive fast and the cars are not always safe!
At the city of Colon there is Panamas biggest port at the Caribbean Sea. The port is a destination for cruisers visiting Panama.
Colon has a really bad reputation because the crime rate is tremendous. As the city hasn’t to offer that much anyway it isn’t recommendable to stay here. Take a taxi or one of the tour guides waiting in the passenger terminal at the port and go to the more interesting destinations outside the city.
The Panama Canal Railway has been built in 1855 and rebuilt in 1909 during construction of the Panama Canal. It runs from Colon on the Caribbean toward Balboa on the Pacific. It was operated by the USA until it was handed over to Panama in 1979. In 1998, the government of Panama officially signed over the railway to the Panama Canal Railway Co. The reconstruction was completed in 2001.
The Panama Canal Railway is a nice way to see the Panama Canal because most of its way it runs alongside the canal. You can sit in comfortable wagons watching the scenic landscape of the rainforest, the Gatun Lake and the big vessels crossing the canal.
At the moment the passenger trains can only be booked via the tour operators of the cruise ships who reserved these passages exclusively. And therefore the trips are not a bargain.
From San Jose,Costa Rica, it takes the entire day to reach Bocas Isla. You must be sure to take a Directo bus,or you spend twice the time to get to the border.. From San Jose, take MEPE company DIRECTO bus to SIXAOLA at 0600 at the Caribbean section of the bus terminal.
SiXAOLA is the horrible little town on the costa rican side of the border with Panama. You then must check out of Costa Rica immigration. The entrance to Panama is over a scary looking bridge over the muddy deep Sixaola River plenty with huge crocodiles, some up to 14 feet .
Checking into Panama immigration should be easy.
When you get over the bridge and through Panama IImmigration, take a taxi to changuinola.
You then want a Taxi to Changuinola for 1$ per person. It is a 20 min. ride. Sometimes the touters will try to get you to hire a private car but it really is not necessary. The taxi will dump you off at the bus station in Changuinola. You then board a bus to Almirante, where you will find your way to the water taxi to Bocas. Don't let the touters put you off. The are not thieves, but they are persistent and want to carry your bags. If you don't know Spanish just tell them NO, which in Spanish means NO.> It is a short walk to the water taxi. This is a very ugly place, but once you get into the boat for Bocas you will see how beautiful the Laguna really is.
After around 50 minutes, the water taxi will bring you to the main street of Bocas del Toro.
Taxi, for .50 cents each person. or is Ok to walk.
There is no possible way my Vter...If it were not for the Darien Gap between Panama and Columbia, it would be possible to drive a motor vehicle from the northern edge of Alaska to the southern tip of South America. For engineering and maybe for political reasons, the 200 miles of jungle and swamp between Panama and Columbia has never been tamed.
If you are thinking of renting a car, there are well paved roads in almost all the main cities.
The country is crossed almost enterely by a recent 4 line highway, at least until the province of veraguas and chiriqui, where the 4 line is under construcction right now.
Here you will find The New bus Terminal of ALBROOK (the biggest and modern in central america), where you takes the buses to and for any place in the republic.
A 5 minutes by taxi there is the Albrook Airport, to local fly all over the country
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