When leaving Costa Rica we have a bit of a challenge finding the immigration office. Turns out we already passed it the day before. So we have to go back a little. At the office we are told that we need to pay the exit tax first before we can get our stamps. The two times $8 tax needs to be paid at the office on the other side of the road.
We go back to the immigration office and get stamped out. We’re finally ready to go to the Panama boarder. The immigration office is on the boarder here so that’s easy. We get our fingerprints scanned and our picture taken. Only Arjan gets a few questions, we get stamps and off we go again. An easy and smooth boarder crossing.
Since we haven’t had breakfast we decide to get some at the bakery. This bread and cookies are really delicious! We decide to take some more for the road.
The riding today is pretty easy. It is a little hilly but not too much. We get some sugar drinks from a guy who is selling it on the street. He asks us where we are going. We tell him we go to David today. “There is all kinds of festivities today.” “Have you seen all the trucks with horses passing you today?” Yes, we indeed saw a lot of them already. They are also all going to David for the festival,” he says.
When we arrive there we see it’s all through town. We have to do a detour to go to the other side of town to go to the hostel we found on iOverlander.
Almost there we decide different. Maybe we can checkout the bus station and see if it’s possible to go up to the National Park of Boquete today. It’s still pretty early in the day. We need to know if it’s possible to take our bicycles with us.Otherwise we stick to our first plan go to a hostel in David and leave the bicycles there for the time we go up to Boquete by bus.
At the bus station it’s easy to find the Boquete bus. There is two man standing in front of the bus. They are shouting; ”¡Boquete! ¡Boquete!" We ask them about the bus. They say it’s leaving in 10 minutes. We ask if it’s possible to take our bicycles with us. “¡Si, no problemo!” Thats nice! We quickly pack our bicycles and panniers in the luggage room underneath the bus. One of the men who was standing in front of the bus is helping us loading. We hop into the bus and off we go. It seams that the other guy who was standing in front of the bus is our bus driver.
The road to Boquete National Park is about 41km almost only going up. So this is an easy ride for us by bus! And since we have our bikes with us now we can go 41km downhill when we leave again. Sweet!
When we’re in the bus we find out we crossed a time zone. Arjans watch is telling a different time than our phones are. The watch is a hour behind. It is already 5.30 pm.
It seems the time already changed when we crossed the border from Costa Rica into Panama. We didn’t notice until now.
We arrive in Boquete at around 6.10pm. We say goodbye to the bus driver and his helping man. And also take some photos of it all.
Okay next thing is to find ourselves a place to sleep! We find hostel Topaz on the iOverlander app. There seems to be a campground as well. We go there and check in.