Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | September 14, 2008

Entering Panama

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The Costa Rica/Panama Border. Our most exciting and unusual crossing!

From my book…”06/02- (Day 153) At Puerto Viejo De Talamanca. 6 AM temperature was 80 degrees. Five months ago today we left Gila Bend, AZ to begin this journey. On the road at 9 AM in a heavy rain. Twenty-eight miles and two hours later we arrived at the border. We checked out with Costa Rica Immigration/Customs, and then had to wait about one-half hour for on-coming traffic before we got to drive across the awesome one-quarter mile, one-track train trestle. Have I told you it is 200 feet above the Sixola River? What a kick, especially where some of the boards were missing! Fortunately, the rain stopped just when we started across. The Panama Immigration/Customs were the easiest of the entire trip. They were very friendly and proficient. It cost $3.50 fumigation for both the motorhome and Bronco. There were no charges other than a $5 tourist visa fee. In addition to crossing the trestle and the river, we also crossed into the Eastern Time Zone. We cleared the border at 1:30 PM and drove through MILES AND MILLIONS of banana trees. We crossed another one-half mile, one-track train trestle and then through some magnificent mountainous jungle terrain to arrive at the town of Almirante on the Caribbean seacoast. Unable to find good parking in town, we are parked in a gravel lot on the edge of town. Happy hour adjacent to our rigs. We will spend one night here.”

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2008
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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