Day 87: Bocas del Toro - Panama City
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In order to save time we took a plane to Panama City, rather than spending 20+ hours in the bus. Leaving Bocas Town early in the morning, we were fully checked in and ready to explore the city by lunchtime.
Panama City... the end destination of my journey. A few more days and it would all be over - had it really been three months already? No time to get all sentimental though, as there was some serious sightseeing to do.
We headed to Casco Viejo, the old town (though not the historic town). This was an easy choice for half a day's worth of sightseeing, because it didn't involve any planning or booking or entrance fees. It was just a matter of catching a southbound bus and get off at the right stop.
Casco Viejo, though most definitely one of the more seedy areas of Panama, is also one of the most interesting and picturesque. This is the site where Panama was rebuilt in 1674, three years after the original site had been razed and plundered by pirates.
From this peninsula you have great views across the Bahia Panamá of the central Panama City skyline, while the area itself is also very picturesque with its cobblestone streets and colonial buildings.
As a capital city Panama City is a bit of a weird one. It looks huge, with modern skyscrapers dominating the central skyline. I figured this was the largest city since leaving Mexico City, and found it a fitting conclusion to my trip, to start and end in the two largest country capitals of Central America.
The advantage of a large city is that there is at least some sort of night life scene, something which had been somewhat lacking at most of the places we'd visited in Costa Rica and Panama. At all those places we had been restricted to the touristy places for our fix of alcohol and dance. At least here we would be able to mingle with the locals a bit more.
We put on our smart clothes and headed to the Calle Uruguay area, the hippest and happiest part of town. At which point I find it difficult to continue my story. I can't remember much of it, really, so it must have been a good night!