Lifetravelled- Aussie couple hitting the road to Argentina -in Colombia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lifetravelled, May 17, 2018.

  1. andydj31

    andydj31 In Techno we trust...

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    not far from where I live, a good opportunity in the future to meet you! :-D
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  2. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    We also got a first real rain since the US, we had a good run. It only lasted for an hour, we have had no rain today.

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  3. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    This morning we headed to the National Park here as it was closed yesterday, it's a short walk from where we are staying. After a nice breakfast at the art hostel up the road we entered at 730, $16pp and no food allowed except sandwiches and fruit so I lost my snack bag.

    The park was nice even in the wet weather and I had a dip in the water super warm. We saw sloths, lots of monkeys, big blue butterflies, so ground mammal i don't knew what it was, a large lizard, iguanas and some red legged crabs in fresh water in the space of a couple of hours.

    When we left the park st 10 there was a huge wait to get in as they only let so many in at a time.

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  4. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Last night we went for pizza up the hill, it was a 30 min walk and we just made before it rained very heavily.

    Woodfire pizza was excellent but watching this sloth climb around in the trees next our table was pretty cool.

    Photos not great..

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  7. Kyron

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    A raccoon? :imaposerthose trash pandas really are everywhere
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  8. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Haha no not the Raccoon, the other thing turns out it's just some oversized Central American rodent called an Agouti.

    The raccoon had just taken the banana from a couple in the beach.
  9. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Today we crossed into Panama, a reasonably straight forward process. We arrived at the border after about 2 hours riding, first stop across the road from the immigration and Aduna, pay our exit tax 8 bucks each then across to get stamped out from immigration, then on the left down the hallway and on your left is the Aduana office, our first experience of an unpleasant border officer, the guy working in there had no intention of helping anyone, knew some of the other riders we met at the border needed a form just looked at them blankly dos they spoke to Spanish until a truck driver spoke up and helped. Anyway pretty easy exit and the lady was nice.

    Up the road and into Panama, easy to spot the building and find the offices but a little confusing about which happens when so...

    First stop insurance office purchase insurance she also makes all your photocopies without asking, then across to immigration stamp out, then to Aduana, be firm truck drivers will try and push thru. They take the paperwork the lady organised for you and your passport.

    Then find the Aduna lady in the white shirt she hands you a form English or Spanish, fill out she pretends to check your baggage then across the road pay a dollar for fumigation back across the road and Aduana Stamps some stuff then the lady where you paid for fumigation finds you and gives you a form.

    Next the offical who has been pointing you in each direction while checking out the bikes is actually the guy who fumigates your bike and Stamps you out, then your free to go.
  10. Bounty1

    Bounty1 Been here awhile

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    Really nice trip report you two, enjoying the trip with you.
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  11. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Thanks for following along Bounty1
  12. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I'm really enjoying this. Thanks.
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  13. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Thanks RedDog, glad to hav you along for the journey.
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  14. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Last night we stayed in David about an hour after the border, a working class type town but it did what we need it to do, it was a holiday in Panama yesterday but enough stuff was open, we were able to do some shopping, get laundry done and buy groceries to cook dinner.

    This morning we rode to Bocas Del Toro, up and over the mountain, as we got up into the cloud level we got wet, the first real wet riding since the US, visibility was crappy and the road not the greatest but we enjoyed the ride and our gear dried by the time we got the carpark for the water taxi to Bocas.

    We caught the water taxi out to the island, 30 mins, $5 each way.

    We found our accom and went for walked grabbed a local plate of food $4.25.

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    Some photos from around Bocas Town.

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  16. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Today we took a water taxi over to red frog beach and spent the day there, great spot, no one around where we were and the rain held off all day after raining super heavy all night and this morning.

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  17. caliform

    caliform Been here awhile Supporter

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    Lovely pics! We're just a bit behind you in Manuel Antonio, I reckon. Wonderful park.
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    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Oh really, yep only a couple days behind, what's your plan over the coming weeks?
  19. caliform

    caliform Been here awhile Supporter

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    We're unfortunately stuck with a bureaucratic nightmare in Costa Rica so perhaps we'll see you somewhere in South America. Have a good time!
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  20. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Oh that's shit, I just read the last few pages of your RR, good luck with everything and hope your back on the road soon.