El Valle de Anton –
The Space Unicorn-alarm-tune is reliable. We pack our things and leave quietly the hostel. At 4:30 we stand on the roadside. Between 4:30 and 4:50 only a handful of cars are driving past us of which from one “Welcome to Panama!” is shouted from. Nice – must be the usual procedure, waiting across the hostel for the bus! “Thank you!” . The girls in the car have probably just left the discotheque down the road. A little later we see 2 guys, which probably also come from there. They welcome us and ask what we are waiting for. Unfortunately, they have the bad news for us that the coletivo most likely – because it is Sunday – has a different schedule. We should better go to the bus stop near the marketplace. As soon as we want to head in this direction, we see the bus approching. Lucky! We wave at the bus driver to stop and hop in.
Junction for the Interamericana –
At the junction for the Interamericana we get out and pay each 1.5 PAB (1.50 USD). Did we miss the bus to Santiago since we are a little late? The bus to Penonomé arrives after some time. Shall we go? It goes in our direction. We decide to rather wait for the bus to Santiago, which also comes about 15 min. later (6 PAB (6.00 USD) for the ride).
In Santiago we just go to the backside of the bus terminal to find the colectivo to Soná already waiting there. The small bus gets filled up noticeably on the way. Although I had assumed that the colletivo doesnt pick up more people when the seats are full, more people get it. It sure gets cozy. Also, the landscape is changing here here, it almost resembles African plains.
We get off at the bus terminal in Soná and just as in Santiago we get promptly asked by some folks where intent to go – even before we can even have a look around. It looks as if foreign travelers are rare here, and there isn’t much interest in to sell them stuff – rather just the thought: “You