The Latino bustrip to Boquete..
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It was With sad hearts that we had our last breakfast at our nice little seaside porch of our hostel. Another sunny beautiful morning in Bocas del Toro. We got on the morning boat of Colon island to Almirante. From there we took a minibus to David through the mountains covered With rainforest.
The bus ride was a real experience… people getting crammed in to the level where they almost have to sit on each other. And the music….my god….5 hours of the most crazy latino music you can imagine , on full volume ! Typically each song features a lead singer( a man) who cannot sing, a harmonica, bongo drums, and of course a woman screaming her lungs out in the background with even repeats.
At least we got to Boquete after a change in David, and got ourself a nice hotel right by the river (recommended by Lonely planet of course). The owner at this hotel was also an american , like many hotels in Panama. He was very cool and helpful, and gave us a hiking trail to follow for the day. I think we got a bit lost to be honest ,as we found ourself walking in the middle of a coffe plantation on a mountainside overlooking the city. But it was all good, as we somehow managed to find a series of trails to get back to the town before nightfall (which is around seven unfortunately)
The area around Boquete is filled with contrast. One one hand you see the run down sheds of the locals , and then right next to it a castle of house with an enormous garden( with several Panamanian gardners).
Even worse is the so-called closed communities where a bunch of americans are living in their own little society ,fenced in to protect them from any sort of interaction with the Panamanians. They even have their own shops in there. An incredibly asocial way of living in another country..
The fact that this area is so popular with rich foreigners has made the price of the land become really expensive, way to expensive for any of the locals to purchase any land. And the locals that own land around here withcoffe plantations ( ecologically friendly) are selling it because they get much more money then they would get on a lifetime of coffe growing. This in turn has led to a great decrease in the number of coffe plantations in the area, which is a pretty tragic thing really, as this is a much more wholesome endeavour then levelling the vegetation down to build a palace for some old fat guy.