My daughter, Melissa, flew to Panama last Sunday so we could spend more time exploring various areas in Panama and also see some of the tourist things we thought our tour guests might be interested in.
Monday morning, we were guided down a river in a canoe by a couple of guys in loin cloths (literally) to an Embrea Indian Village.
From the distance, we thought we could see a monkey in the tree. As we got closer, he/she came to greet us.
The Embrea live in primitive huts made out of bamboo and palm thatched roofs.
A medicine man showed us all the plants he uses to cure cancer, prevent cancer, numb an area, for fertility, etc. We had a great lunch of peacock bass, plantains, and fresh fruit. The Embrea entertained us with their traditional music and dance. We saw monkeys, toucan and caimen crocadiles
A cute little monkey made friends with Melissa at the Embrea Village
Tuesday we flew to the western side of Panama where I live and spent the afternoon just relaxing.
Wednesday Melissa went on a hike in the rain forest near my house. The trail goes by a haunted castle.
Thursday we went to a monkey sanctuary and got to see and hold a howler monkey, a baby howler, and a few capuchin monkeys. All around us we could hear howler monkey’s in the jungle. The sanctuary is run by primate experts who raise then train the usually orphaned monkeys to return to the wild.
See the baby howler monkey below.
Beautiful view from the monkey sanctuary
We ended the day in Boca Chica for a late lunch at Seagull Cove Lodge.
Friday we headed to Puerto Armuellas which is about 2 hours from my house. I had been there several times but Melissa had not. It is a super affordable beach town with clear blue waters, great surf and snorkeling. Small beachfront homes are as low as $50,000. Oceanfront Rentals are $300 a month. This is an area I’m considering investing in because it has a deep water port which is being re-developed. And there is a 4 lane road being built. It is 30 minutes to the Costa Rica border so I think with the improvements it will be even more attractive to expats and tourists. We now offer a day trip to Puerta Armuellas as an optional tour after the main Panama Relocation Tour.
Saturday, Melissa needed to be at the airport at 5 pm to catch a flight back to Panama City for her departure on Sunday morning. We left my house early so we could check out a few hotels in David then go to Los Olas Beach Resort which Melissa had not seen before. It is a much more affordable beach community than some which are often advertised in Panama. You can get a 3 bedroom, 1800 sf ocean view condo for about $200,000. Plus it is only 30 minutes to David and an airport.
After Los Olas, we found out Melissa’s flight was cancelled because of heavy rain.
She had at 8:30 am flight the next day so Melissa and I took the 8 hour bus ride from David to Panama City. The bus was a comfortable double-decker bus but it was freezing cold. We arrived at 4:30 am. I rented a hotel room so she could take a hot shower to thaw out after the really cold bus ride. I got 2 hours of sleep before my flight back to the western side of Panama. When I got home, I slept for 12 hours straight.
What a week!