life through the lens
My final Central American country was Panama, starting at Bocas del Toro, in December 2001.
Panama uses the US Dollar, but calls it the Balboa.
Playa Larga on Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro archipelago
The town of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon, north west Panama
I went to Isla Bastimentos and stayed at Bastimentos village.
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Parque de Cervantes in David, Panama's 3rd largest city
David is home to the Guaymi Indians, seen at a distance dressed in yellow
Cerro Punta on the slopes of Baru volcano at about 2100 metres altitude
Taking a walk beyond Cerro Punta
Boquete village, north of David
There's good views of Baru volcano from Boquete
Las Lajas beach is huge and virtually deserted for several kilometres either side of the beach cabins
New Year's Eve with Laura, Chris and Russ, Las Lajas beach
The main square and cathedral at Chitre
Fishing boats at El Rompio beach, near Chitre
Villa de los Santos is the site of the signing of Panama's declaration of independence
Local Indian market in El Valle
El Valle is a village set in a volcanic crater
I came across a sloth painstakingly trying to cross the road on a blind bend, as I walked to one of El Valle's waterfalls
I was stopping traffic so he wasn't run over.
One of several waterfalls dotted around El Valle
Santiago Fort at the 16th century town of Portobelo
San Jeronimo Fort at Portobelo
Captain Henry Morgan was one of several plunderers of this Caribbean town - Portobelo
The colonial area of Panama City, called Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo, Panama City
The site of Manual Noriega's Club de Clases y Tropas in Casco Viejo, Panama City
The ruins of Panama Viejo, site of the original Spanish built city, trashed by Henry Morgan in the 17th century, Panama City
The Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, 10kms north west of Panama City
The ship has now been lowered to the level of the Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal
They're not all big - being pulled between locks at the Panama Canal
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