I should have known better but once again I underestimated the slowness of Central American bus travel. After a whole day of travel yesterday to go a relatively small distance (the 200+ kilometres from Manuel Antonio to the Costa Rica / Panama border) I made it only as far as the nondescript Costa Rican border town of Paso Canaos. There I ended up spending my 5th and final night in the country. I’ve just crossed over into Panama, my 7th and last Central American country.

Paso Canaos, Costa Rica

A ‘Bienvenidos a Costa Rica’ (Welcome to Costa Rica) sign. These signs are at every Central American border crossing but I’ve yet to see an equivalent ‘Goodbye & Thank You For Your Visit’ sign anywhere. I took this picture with my iPod at 6:30 a.m. this morning on the 200 metre walk from my hotel to the border with Panama (it was raining, of course). A few minutes later I was finally in Panama, it was just after 7:30 a.m. (1 hour time difference), & I was en route to Boquete, my first stop in the country & present location (and it’s still raining here). Paso Canaos (map-pointer-icon), Costa Rica. June 28th 2013

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