Gabrielle tried to leave us on the first but the airports were all closed due to the swearing in of the new president. intresting beings that the air panama website sold her a ticket for that day!! After her airport debacle the 8 of us took off for Bouqete Panama which is a mountian town that is famous for extreme sports and coffee (my kind of place)! when we arrived in the late afternoon we decided to journey to a natural hot spring about 15 km outside of town. the taxi dropped us off at the end of the road, the lonely planet guide book neglected to mention it would be a 45 min hike from there through a cow field and a major hydro electric construction sight. after we finally made it we paid the woman whos land it was on and enjoyed a great hot soak. it was so beautiful and refreshing (said that anyone who soaks there enjoys great health benifits) not going to lie i feel great though not sure if it is due to the spring or the joy of not working!!
the next morning we went zip lining through the rain forest. the ride up there was as ms ortiz described it like the oregon trail but the view was amazing. i met a couple that had just finished producing the show i´m a celebrity get me out of here. they were cool to talk to!! we zipped throught the forest on 12 different platforms. more of a thrill than an actual eco site!!!
the next day i tried to hike this famous trail. we asked taxi cab driver to take us to the trail head which according to the lp was only 3 km from the trail. when he dropped us off we proceded to walk uphill in the hot sun. about an hour in I bailed and jen anita and i walked back down hill. we had a picnic lunch next to a river and then hiked on the remote rode for the way back to town. on the way back we were stopped by a couple who was inspecting their bridge. they owned a coffee planatation. we chatted to them about coffee farming. they were awesome they were 80 and let me tell you if i look that good when i´m 80 i´ll be in business!!
at night here in the mountians it gets very cold and rainy. today the sun has not come out at all and it is about 65!!
tomorrow we head out to the beaches of costa rica