Tuesday, July 27, 2021

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama

40 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Central America
January 30 to Febuary 04, 2021

My 121st country visited on my journey beyond #lakbay100, 93rd solo backpacking trip, 11th country in North America and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. Panama served also as the eight country on my 2020-2021 America Pandemic Adventures Filipino Solo Trip, the new normal of traveling.

Panama is a country in Central America with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, with Colombia (and South America) to the southeast and Costa Rica (and North America) to the northwest. It's strategically located on the isthmus that forms the land bridge connecting North and South America and controls the Panama Canal that links the North Atlantic Ocean via the Caribbean Sea with the North Pacific Ocean, one of the most important shipping routes in the world.

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama

timezone - UTC -0600H   capital - San Jose    language - Spanish    currency - Colon (CRC)
1. Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
2. Panama canal generates fully one-third of Panama's entire economy.
3. Panama was the first Latin American country to adopt the U.S. currency as its own.
4. Panama City is the only capital city that has a rain forest within the city limits.


Day 35: Jan. 30, 2021 Sat / San Jose to Panama
1442H ETD San Jose UTC -0600H; flight CM0183; Copa Airlines flight ticket 159 USD
1702H ETA Panama City UTC -0500H
Buy MetroCard 5; bus #E489 drop to Corredor Sur; Bus #E485 Siesta drop to El Carmen subway
1830H Fonsi Hostel 5 nights 56; Bus #V201 to Albrook bus terminal 
Albrook Bus Terminal closed; worst curfew ever; Whole weekend (Sat/Sun) entire country on curfew
Bus #V201 back to Hostel; Dinner delivery 7
TOTAL: $68 + 159 USD

Day 36: Jan. 31, 2021 Sun / LOCKDOWN
Fonsi Hostel stay the whole day; Laundry 5; lunch delivery 7.50; snacks 10
TOTAL: $22.50

Day 37: Feb. 01, 2021 Mon / El Valle Anton
0700H ETD Hostel; metro to Albrook Terminal
El Valle 4.25; David ticket 18.15; Breakfast 2.60; Rapid Bus Card + Charge; 5
0900H ETD Panama
1130H ETA El Valle Anton; drop-off to Calle LaPlanta
1300H ETA Cerra Cara Iguana 
1400H ETA Main Road; lunch 2
1500H ETD El Valle Anton; colectivo 5
1800H ETA Panama; back to hostel; Wendys 4
2100H ETD Panama; night bus
TOTAL: $41

Day 38: Feb. 02, 2021 Tue / Boquete 
0330H ETA David; bus to Boquete 1.75
0615H ETD Boquete; colectivo to Cascada 2.50
0645H ETA Lost Waterfalls; start hike (1,639masl) 8
0740H 3rd Lost Waterfalls (1,919masl)
0815H ETA Main Road; colectivo 2.50
1000H ETD Boquete; bus 1.75; breakfast 1.50
1130H ETD David; bus 15; lunch 5 
1900H ETA Panama; metro to hostel; Fonsi Hostel; dinner 6
TOTAL: $36

Day 39: Feb. 03, 2021 Wed / Portobelo
0730H 15TH PCR TEST; breakfast 5; Laboratorio ADSSIOLAB $90
1030H ETD Hostel; metro to Albrook Terminal
1100H ETD Panama; bus 3
1230H ETD Sabanitas; bus 1.5
1345H ETA Portobelo; town tour; lunch 10
1600H ETD Portobelo; bus 1.5
1700H ETA Sabanitas; bus 3
1900H ETA Albrook Terminal; metro to hostel; Fonsi Hostel
TOTAL: $24 + 90 USD

Day 40: Feb. 04, 2021 Thu / Panama City
0700H ETD Hostel; metro to Albrook Terminal; Bus #C810 to Miraflores; breakfast 2
Miraflores Locks - Panama Canal Closed; San Felipe (Panama old city) walk tour; lunch 11
1500H ETD Panama City; metro to airport
1839H ETD Panama UTC -0500H
1946H ETA Cartagena UTC -0500H
TOTAL: $13

GRAND TOTAL: $216 + 249 USD

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama


Airport Immigration Issues: one of the easiest / fastest / relax airport entry I ever had, the question raised only was what is my work and what will I do in Panama. In just less than 3 minutes I have my passport already.

Places Visited: Panama City, El Valle de Antón, Boquete, San Felipe, Portobelo

1. Albrook Bus Terminal (free wifi, fast) is the Panama City's centralized bus station for international and local destinations. There is a bus card, costs $2, for tap transactions on terminal fee, toilet use, metro and bus fares. 

2. This trip served as my last country to complete my Bucket list achievement to travel the Central America from Belize all the way to Panama. 

3. On airport arrival, Panama requires Negative PCR Test within 48 hours validity and health pass registration via this link https://viajes.panamadigital.gob.pa/.

4. On airport departure, my next destination (Colombia) require Negative PCR Test within 96 hours validity and immigration registration within 48 hours via this link https://apps.migracioncolombia.gov.co/pre-registro/public/preregistro.jsf or downloadable app. ADSSIO Laboratorio provides Covid19 PCR Test costs 90 USD with 24 hours result (physical passport is always required as identification) and appointment via this link https://www.adssiolab.com/producto/covid-19-pcr/. This test serves as my 15th PCR Nasal Swab Test (all negative result).

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama

5 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Panama


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