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Hummingbirds Everywhere!

Years ago, I heard about a place in Potrerillos Arriba, that has an amazing amount of Hummingbirds. 5 years later, (shame on me) I gave this place a call and asked to come by with a friend of mine to check it out. Gail and Dennis were more than gracious with my request and we were there the next morning.

I didn’t count how many hummingbird feeders they had off of their balconies, but my guess would be about 20 or so. They have around 22 different species of Hummingbirds. I remember hearing a long time ago that these folks go through 5 lbs of sugar each day to feed these birds.  After seeing what I did today, I believe it.

If you are visiting Boquete and would like to go off the beaten path and visit this place, which I recommend, here is the information. Their website is www.myhummingbirds.me Call them for an appointment, rather than emailing. They request only a donation of sugar for your visit. They are located in Potrerillos Arriba, which is around an hours drive from Boquete. A map is available on their website.  The best time to go is January through May, during the dry season as the last 7 km is on a gravel/dirt road.  During the raining season a 4X4 vehicle will be required.

I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and their love for the birds is heartwarming. It was a morning wonderfully spent!

Unfortunately, I only have a simple point and shoot camera, but I’m still proud of these camera shots. See the gallery below.

Repositioning cruise deal

Are you looking for a travel bargain to Panama?  Join many others who are going on Royal Caribbean’s repositioning cruise on November 13, 2013.  Departs from Miami and arrives in Colon, Panama.  How much?  Interior cabins are $99.00.  Other cabins are available and they don’t cost much more, so check it out.

Spirit Airlines has one way flights available returning from Panama City back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for $125.00 right now.

Repositioning cruises offer the same services, entertainment and relaxation as any other cruise out there.  You’ll stay busy and content as there is always something to do or not.  Casino, bar, restaurant, shows, gym and/or spa will definitely hold your interest.  If you are looking for a little down time, hit a lounge chair with a good book.  The beauty of it is that you will arrive in Panama relaxed and well fed.  No jet lag, no race, you’ve enjoyed your time before even arriving in Panama.

What a great way to come to Panama!  Total cost would be 224.00 round trip and not to mention you would have free food on the cruise.  It’s an easy, low cost and very relaxing way to get to your destination.

Royal Caribbean has the repositioning cruises here every year.  In April the repositioning cruise will return to Florida and then back again in November.

Don’t forget to make a stop in Boquete!

Short Story: Ngobe Indian Bar Fights – Tray Tables Up

Permission was given to reblog this here.  I believe it’s culturally noteworthy and a very well written piece.

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by Stephen May on June 23, 2012

In December of 2009, my wife, Joyce, and I traveled to Panama for a quick getaway with our friend Bill. Halfway through the trip, we hung up the rental car keys for a few days of relaxation in Boquete, a quaint village nestled into the western highlands of Panama, just a stone’s throw east of the Costa Rican border.   Continue reading

The Art of Travel

 

You’ve planned or are planning your trip to Panama and want that little something extra before you leave to get the excitement going?  Check out the movie “The Art of Travel”.  It’ll become a favorite among your travel movies.

A young guy about to get married, have kids along with the house and white picket fence and things go horribly wrong.  Queue the violin music.  He decides to go on his “honeymoon” by himself and problems occur along his trip as he explores Central America.

That being said, the majority of the movie is about him meeting up with a small group on a mission to cross the Darien Gap, which is a 100 mile long tract of jungle between Panama and Colombia. The Darien Gap has long been known to be dangerous but that only encourages this group to move forward.  The scenery is raw and beautiful.  I won’t say anything more about it as I don’t want to spoil the end of this trek and the end of the movie, but put your explorer hat on and enjoy it.

The art of travel is to deviate from the current plan.”

Best newspaper headline ever!

Okay, I laughed.

I have never seen a newspaper headline like this one before.  If you have, please share!

This was after a loss when Panama played Mexico for the World Cup qualifier.  A ‘Chilena’ is the bicycle kick shown in this picture.  I guess some words are universal.  🙂
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