Get your passport up to date and get ready for a serious photographic adventure. We will range from the deepest rainforests to the Pacific Coast. To go all of the places that I love, it would take over a month. I've condensed my favorites of my favorites into the shortest week of your photographic life. This will not be your typical canned tour, we will be going all of the places that only the locals know.
This Panama exploration is $1875. The $500 is a deposit, the balance needs to be paid by October. This fee includes all lodging, transfers and transportation. This fee does not include airfare and meals.
I lived and ran a dive operation in Panama for many years. If this is your first trip out of the U.S., this will be very easy. The currency in Panama is the U.S. dollar. Because of that, there is no exchange of money nor exchange rate scams. The people are very U.S. friendly. I will be there for translation of language and customs. I will also be helping you with your photography and post processing in Lightroom.
The food is very inexpensive. The meals will be very different every day. We will sample all types of the local cuisine throughout the countryside. The beginning of December marks the end of the rainy season. The trees will be at their fullest and so will the waterfalls. December in Panama is very much like spring. After December begins the dry season.
Being that everyone decided to arrive a day early and leave a day later, We will take advantage of the extra time and start the adventure early. Everyone is arriving within about an hour of 10pm on Saturday. I'll hang around the airport and collect everyone. We'll take off to Country Inn and Suites next to the Balboa Yacht Club, right on the Panama Canal and spend the night there.
We'll take off Sunday morning and travel through Panama. We'll travel the Panamerican highway and stop in Santiago for lunch and then travel on to Santa Catalina. This is a little town where the main road ends at the beach. We'll stay with Luis at Hotel Sol y Mar. There are countless opportunities for photography here.
We'll start off at Playa Azul, only accessible by boat. There is a wonderful little beach here to enjoy and relax. Later in the day, we'll head off to David through the back road.
This is the old abandoned Panamerican Highway.
We'll stay in David at a hotel in the middle of town near Parque Cervantes.
Streams and countryside around David.
Then, we'll travel to Boca Chica and board a boat to a unique boutique resort that is only accessible by boat. This is a slice of heaven and nestled right in the rainforest on the Pacific Coast. This resort has it's own coves and beaches.
Before sunrise, we can get the moonset over the water. This will be the night of the full moon.
There should be a spectacular moonset over the secluded beaches early in the morning.
We will remain here for the entire day and another night.
We will skip across the border for a few hours into Costa Rica. You get a chance to visit two countries in the same visit.Street photography at it's grittiest. This is a border town called La Frontera. This is the place where you can buy and sell all of the typical trinkets and grey market items. There are a couple of very authentic restaurants in town as well.
We travel by 4x4 up the side of the hill to the waterfall Chorcha. Along the way, we will be spotting howler monkeys and other animals of the rainforest. Some of the **sounds** (recorded with my Canon G9) along the way. When we get to the top, we can look down the falls and enjoy the giant overview of the Pacific Coastline in Panama.
View from the top of the Chorcha waterfall.
Howlers along the way...
We will head through the mountains, stopping along the way towards Panama City. Saturday night we'll again spend at the Country Inn.
Sunday Morning: Up early and headed back home...