Posted February 4th, 2006, 11:28 PM
I must have spent an hour viewing your photos. Wow is all I can say. question: Are the photos you have of Casca
Antigua in Panama City from a tour from a cruise ship? If so, I'm booking immediately.
I was very pleased to see that you were able to view the Arenal volcano in November. Did you do that from a cruise ship tour also? there is one offered and I'm having trouble deciding if I want to go there or to San Jose. Thanks.
Thanks for the nice comments on my photos flashdog! I visited both Panama and Costa Rica as land based vacations and not on a cruise. If you were on a ship that stopped in Amador, you could certainly visit Panama City. If you were on a cruise that stopped in Colon, you could still visit Panama City, but it would take an hour to get there. I think Panama is the most underrated destination in the Americas (although I haven't visited Colombia yet). Panama has an interesting colonial section in Panama City, islands, indiginous populations, spanish forts, rainforests, wildlife, and even a dig ditch that connect two oceans.
As far as Costa Rica, don't waste a day going to San Jose! San Jose is ok as a base or to spend a day if you are already there, but really the beauty in Costa Rica is in the nature and not in the cities. Arenal would make a nice trip if you can get there. One of the most memorable moments in my life was spent soaking in a hot spring, drinking a Pina Colada and watching lava roll down the sides of Arenal. You should be aware that Arenal is often in the clouds and we only got to see the summit briefly during both the day and night for the two days I was there.
With the exception of Panama City, I think the capitol cities in Central America are best avoided (including San Jose). ALthough there are things to see there, there are much better things to see in Costa Rica.
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