Panama City, Panama Central America – car and I arrived in one piece

Hard to believe that I drove across the Panama Canal yesterday, in a 1995 Toyota Tercel driven from the USA.

Panorama of Panama Bay

Panorama of Panama Bay, with ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal

Through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica the car performed way above my expectations.

Through rivers and streams, with cv joints shot and poor maintenance from the owner, the car did handle the trip well.

I decided with the cost of food, that I had stayed long enough in Costa Rica, unless I could find something along the Pacific Coast, south of San José.

Did not plan well, and could not find anything that enticed me to stay in Costa Rica.

Went through San Isidro, which was the last major town until David in Panama.

Amazing trip through the mountains of Costa Rica. Driving through areas that were higher than the clouds, the scenery was awesome!

Along the Pacific Coast, the road runs inland, to far away from the ocean to really get any good views.

Heading south, one has the plains leading to the ocean on the left, and a mountain range on one’s left.

Lots of wide open spaces, with no large towns.

Small little communities along the way, but really not many tourism spots.

Going through customs was about a two-hour ordeal, about par for the course.

Off again to David, where there was a place to stay for $10.00.

After customs, the area is plains leading to the ocean. The mountain range seems to disappear once arriving in Panama.

A large area of plain country side. Not much for scenery or anything else, for that matter.

Arrived in David, and it did not seem a place that was enticing for me to stay.

I figured I’d just head to Panama City, unless something came up along the way that drew me to stay.

After David, the mountain re-appeared. And lots of mountains there were.

Hours of driving with nothing – a gas station with a restaurant, and then miles of land with no towns.

Spent the night in Santiago.

Another town that had little draw.

Off again the next morning.

Nothing really drawing me to stop and spend any time.

Before I knew it, I was crossing the bridge over the Panama Canal!

So, I have I have spent the night in Hostal Clayton, and am looking for a cheap apartment to rent in the area.

From the looks of things, $500 is about the cheapest that I will be able to find.

More info about the trip, problems with my leg etc., will be up and coming when a get a little more settled in.

Cheers for now!

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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6 Responses to Panama City, Panama Central America – car and I arrived in one piece

  1. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for the comment.
    An accomplishment that means more to me than anyone else.
    I appreciate you taking the time to leave a note.
    John D. Wilson

  2. Nothing like taking a long drive in a car you are unsure about! Glad to hear you made it safely and sounds like the car is ready for more road trips. How long are you planning on staying in Panama City?

  3. Now THAT is a road trip. Glad you made it. Unfortunately, Panama City is quite expensive.

  4. John Wilson says:

    Yupper, this I have found out very quickly. Alas, have to be here for a bit.
    I actually think Costa Rica is a bit more expensive, but if it is close, Panama gets it because of the cost of housing.
    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Stephanie, I do appreciate it.
    John D. Wilson

  5. John Wilson says:

    Hi Debbie,
    Car I think is close to being on the last legs of her life. Rough trip down, but she held up way better than expected.
    How long in Panama City – good question. Not sure what is in store for the rest of the journey – do I retrace and go back North, or head to Columbia?
    Inquiring minds need to know! :)
    I will keep on posting, as the adventure unfolds.
    John D. Wilson

  6. Bob Crunch says:

    Sounds like a long, tiring road trip. The good news is you made it to Panama City so I guess it was all worth it in the end.

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