Next we tried to get into Panama. As usual, we had Kiki hiding under the bed in our attempt to smuggle her into a new country. As soon as we crossed over we were waved aside and 2 officials jumped in the back. The first thing they said was “where is your puppy?” Busted! Someone from the other side must have tipped them off. Stevie followed one of the guys into a building to negotiate the bribe while I started working on the paperwork for our new vehicle permit. We barely got everything done before the offices closed.
This border took first place for the smallest crossing we’ve done. It was a REALLY old single lane railroad bridge used mostly for foot traffic. It was a nightmare day, but we survived and entered another country! (Watch border crossing video here)
Our first glimpse of Panama. This place is absolutely magical. We can tell that we are going to LOVE this country…
Guess what their #1 export is?
It is sad going from the super affluent country of Costa Rica back into a poverty stricken country like Panama where 80% of the rural population live below the poverty line. The average rural family lives on a few hundred dollars per year. It’s like Stevie says,
“I guess some countries grow bananas and some countries eat them”.
And so, we enter a new country eager to explore the landscape, learn about the culture, and meet the local people. Aloha Panama. TREE