Panama ~ Taboga Island & Las Tinajas

Our third day in Panama was probably my favorite. We took a ferry out to Taboga Island and then went and saw a costumed folklore performance at Las Tinajas. Get ready for another photo overload! I think I had an even MORE difficult time narrowing down these photos. Hope you enjoy!!!

Panama, Taboga Island

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Dad negotiating our cab ride to the Isla Naos pier on the Amador Causeway so we can catch the ferry out to Taboga Island.

 

Panama, Taboga Island

The ferry leaves two times a day on most days and comes back two or three times a day. You will want to arrive about an hour before the time you are choosing to leave as the line gets very long quite fast. We were lucky enough to find a place to sit once we got on board because they don’t count the tickets they sell..they just keep filling up the boat and then when they realize they have too many people on board, they will make anyone standing…get off. Same goes for your return. As soon as you start seeing people line up…you’ll want to soon join them in line.

 

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I’m not sure why, but these birds were everywhere and they kept looking up to the sky.

Panama, Taboga Island

Panama, Bridge of the Americas

Bridge of the Americas

 

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The only seats left on the ferry were in the very back. This was our view if we turned around.

 

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The ferry dock.

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View of the city.

 

Taboga Island

Beautiful beach and lots of boats.

 

Panama, Taboga Island, Playa Honda

This place was recommended to us by a gentleman on the ferry. We had cheeseburgers and fries. I also had a fruit smoothie which was very refreshing. The waitress was very friendly and even spoke a little English!

 

Panama, Taboga Island

Beautiful heart shell among the rocks and sand.

Panama, Taboga Island

Panama, Taboga Island, Vereda Tropical Hotel

AMAZING view from Vereda Tropical Hotel. They have the BEST fruit juices.Taboga Island, Hotel VeredaPanama, Taboga Island

 

Taboga Island

The roads are very narrow and there are only a few vehicles. Walking is the most common way to get around this little island ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Taboga Island

View of the ferry through the foliage.

 

Taboga Island

Local kids out fishing.

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Taboga Island

Another ruin that gets my creative mind racing with what this could look like with a little work.

Taboga Island

Stairs to nowhere.

Taboga Island

A square where locals meet to chat and play games.

 

Taboga Island

Iglesia San Pedro was founded in 1550 and is the second oldest Spanish Colonial church in the western hemisphere.

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Taboga Island

Local artisan shop. I didn’t go in, but this is on my list to visit for the next trip ๐Ÿ™‚

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Taboga Island

Any empty lot. So many possibilities. Ocean front living??

Taboga Island

Had to stop and capture the live “crown”

Taboga Island

The cross atop of Cerro de la Cruz was placed here by the Spaniards in the 16th century.

While we were walking along the street, I noticed a home with the most beautiful lion head door handle. As I was about to take a photo, the owner of the house opened the door. I felt like a complete idiot, but he smiled and asked if I’d like to come in! He spoke a little English so without hesitation I said yes. Not sure what came over me, I’m not a person who would just normally walk in to someone’s house, especially in another country, but he seemed so nice and had a BEAUTIFUL home. I quickly called for Mike and said they should come back. They were already many houses down from where I stopped lol. One thing I’m notorious for is stopping and taking photos…A LOT. Dad started chatting with the gentleman and his wife as I admired their beautiful pool and the gorgeous tile on the floor. From what I could tell, they were in the middle of renovating. Much to my surprise, the gentleman had actually visited Wisconsin before!! I think we all could have just sat and visited with that guy for hours. I wish I could remember his name because the next time we go back, I’d love to visit with them again. I never did get my photo of the door handle either lol.

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A photo of my dad walking the street of Taboga Island (left) and locals playing a game of soccer(right).

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Hello beautiful door handle ๐Ÿ™‚


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I loved how they used rocks that look like they could have come from the beach.

 

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Stacks of houses.

There are quite a few things for us to see and do on our next visit. I’ve been reading through the travel guides that I have for Panama and my list is getting longer and longer each time I read a section! There is even a cemetery dating back to the 16th century on the island, however, the book states that it’s quite overgrown. I’ll take my chances ๐Ÿ™‚

Taboga Island

After we got back to the apartment we changed, relaxed a bit, and then walked over to Las Tinajas.

Panama, Las Tinajas

Panama, Las Tinajas

Yet another beautiful door ๐Ÿ™‚

Panama, Las Tinajas

The dancers put on an amazing show. Theย pollera is Panama’s national dress and is worn during special occasions. These amazing pieces of art take several months to a year to make, and can cost thousands of dollars.

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That was quite a long post…sorry about that! I have such a hard time narrowing down what I want to share with you. Hope you made it to the end!!

Until next time.

Much love,

Liz

 

 

 

 

 

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