The drive to Gamboa
Now remember, we arrived in Panama City, Panama on Wed. night about 8 p.m.—so by now we have done all those things that I have posted in my earlier blogs, and it still only Friday morning (Just for reference, I need you to stay with me on the time ). Yes, we have been on a fast track.
I scheduled a trip for us to visit the Gamboa Rain Forest on Friday morning. The Gamboa is only about 1 hour from Panama City. The tour company I used was:
At 9:15 a.m. our tour driver, Franklin, arrived. He spoke no English, so again a great opportunity to practice Spanish. It was a good thing we had toured the day before with Alberto, because Franklin spoke that real flast, blurry, coastal Spanish, and I was already somewhat used to it. He was a tough number to understand, but a good guy. We were the only two people in the van.
On the way out of the city we drove through some of the same neighborhoods that we had been in the day before. One in particular was El Chorillo, and Franklin told us it was a very bad area and we should never go there. He made sure our doors were locked. He seemed nervous.
Outside the city we drove along the Canal for most of the way up to the rain forest. A lot of big container ships and tankers were transiting this particular a.m. Very interesting. We stopped to take a few photos where there was some work being done on the Canal. Below, Stephanie pokes her camera through a security fence to take a photo of some construction activity on the Canal.
One of the bridges we had to cross just before arriving in the rain forest was a one way bridge. They have some kind of automatic system that alternately stops traffic, so only traffic from one direction can cross. Then they change the direction of the traffic flow. Interesting. Here is a photo of it.
Next-The arrival at the Gamboa
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