It’s just not possible even on long term travel trips to squeeze all the places in you want. I didn’t manage to make it to Central America properly, though did fly in and out of Panama City – got to see the Old Town, the amazing Canal and relax by the Pacific Ocean. Arrival into the pure heat and humidity of Panama City was by plane from Quito, Ecuador.
Arrival in Panama. The airport was bizarrely quiet and a very fast customs and passport check and I had made it to Central America. I never know whether to class it as a continent in its own right and often use football as my judge in these matters, therefore it’s actually part of North America,given that the football team play their World Cup qualifiers in the CONCACAF group. Mind you, so do Suriname, and it’s definitely in South America.
I left the airport alone and was seeking a cheap bus into the city centre. The plan was to see the awesome Canal de Panama, the Casco Antiguo and relax in the tropical heat.
Just before getting a bus, I started talking to a guy at the bus stop. A big coincidence this, he was Eduardo from Brazil and was also travelling alone. He wanted a travel mate for the day like myself! So we became a team for the day to explore Panama. it was great. We spoke mostly in English, as his English was great, but also tried to speak some Spanish as obviously the locals all speak Spanish. We got on the bus and it was dingy, lively and just had an amazing vibe. It really felt tropical. It felt different to South America already – more of a Caribbean vibe to be honest and we both managed to get a seat at the back of the bus. The bus was heading for the city centre and we each had a map of Panama City so we could suss where to get out and what to do first.
From – Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Quito, Ecuador
To – Tocumen International Airport, Panama City, Panama
Flight Time – 2 hours
Transport Used – Quito Taxi, Aeroplane, Panama City Bus
Nationalities Met – Panamaniacs, Brazilian, United States, Ecuadorian
My Videos –
1. QUITTING QUITO:
2. ARRIVAL IN PANAMA:
3. TOCUMEN CORREDOR BUS FROM PANAMA AIRPORT TO PANAMA CITY:
4. PANAMA CITY, RELAXING BY THE PACIFIC OCEAN:
5. PANAMA OLD TOWN, PLAZA BOLIVAR:
6. CANAL DE PANAMA,MIRAFLORES LOCKS: