Santa Catalina –
We got 2 suggestions for places to visit in our further travels yesterday, but we – as we have decided our next destination to be Boquete – are not taking this into account: Santa Fe should be is quite similar to El Valle, but not quite near to the Panamericana – if we had more time, it would be worth a visit. The Lost and Found Ecolodge near Boquete also makes an interesting impression.
The shuttle for the transfer should arrive between 12:00 to 13:00, so have some time to visit the beach at the eastern part of Santa Catalina and have breakfast there. Just as we pass the last house of the “divers village” the road we are walking on is surrounded just by fields. Despite early morning hours, it is pretty warm already. At some point, we see some surfer lodges, and arrive shortly after at the beach. A small creek crosses the path, so we have some refreshment for our feet before we arrive at the Surf Oasis on the opposite side. I like the vibe there – and also hear exceptionally more English than German around me. There aren’t probably so many German surfers here. We have leisurely breakfast. I think the eastern part of Santa Catalina is really appealing, but the walk to the west is necessary if you want to dive or go shopping. On our way back along the road be see 2 girls coming our way carrying backpacks. Must probably just arrived by the colectivo. “You are almost there” – there isn’t any transport / taxi available here, so a 1km march with backpacks during this heat cannot get you overly excited. Just before the village limit we see a man who is going in our direction and carrying a big sack on his shoulders. “Do you guys eat rice for breakfast?” he’s joking, the bag would have become much lighter for him .