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Panama City

We splurged on a flight from Bocas del Toro to Panama City. It saved us 2 days of sitting on a bus and an overnighter in David which doesn't offer much other than a place to crash for the night.

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Panama City's skyline is quite glamorous. If you didn't know better you would think that you were looking at New York or Chicago. The city is booming and very, very hot!

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We had several days to spend in Panama City and so were able to get a real feel for the place.

The seafood in this city is amazing and a visit to the local fish market is not to be missed. We enjoyed a lovely lunch on the pier before heading into the old part of the city called Casco Viejo.

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Casco Viejo is undergoing an urban revival but it's definitely a work in progress. There is great contrast between the crumbling ruins and the newly renovated buildings sitting next to them. The area is also bordered by slums that you had to skirt around which made the walk back to the hostel interesting.

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And of course, the coolest thing to visit in Panama City is the canal! We all know that it's an engineering feat but seeing the oceanliners squeeze through the locks was way more impressive that we expected.

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And so, our journey through Central America has finally come to an end. It has been a huge learning experience!

We've booked passage on a yacht which sails through the San Blas Islands on its way to the Colombian coast (which takes 5 to 6 days depending on weather).

But before we leave Central America behind, we have to share with you one picture of the famed chicken buses. These buses take you everywhere in these countries and are known for their wicked paint jobs and the craziness of their drivers. We're gonna miss cruising around in these old wrecks...

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Posted by ReneeJared 13:48 Archived in Panama

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