After hitching a ride from Bocas del Toro with some friends, we stopped over at their house in Altos del Maria for 2 days of sightseeing. Altos del Maria is a beautiful HUGE community in the mountains.
Having many elevations, parts of Altos are much cooler than surrounding areas and people chose where in Altos to settle depending on the temperature they want to live with. There is housing at several elevations so lots of choices.
There are numerous manicured, well-maintained hiking paths that we enjoyed exploring with our friends.
They the drove us to our next stop, a house sit and dog cuddle in Cermeño. Cermeño is a quiet little town, east of Capira. As we followed the road, we passed old gates built into high walls,
even one of Manual Noriega’s country homes, which is now a drug rehab center.
We understand it is a two year program and working at the center is part of the rigorous requirements to remain there.
Cermeño has a town square and a beautiful little the church. A left at the mini-super and we drove up to the gates of the finca,
our home for the next month.
The finca sits on approximately 8 hectares
and has a vegetable garden,
a pool, many fruit trees
and 3 dogs, Emma, Spot and Chispa (English translation “Spark” and she certainly is).
There are several expats settled in the area and we enjoyed visiting with some of them during our time there and hearing the stories of how everyone got there. There were also many beautiful flowers everywhere
and a few rainy days just made all the colors more vivid. We explored the area around Cermeño including the busy town of Capira. Capira has a quaint little walled area for kids to play,
decorated with all kinds of whimsical characters.
We made a trip out to the fishing village of Cruces
and we bought langastinos
from the local fishermen. Now, living on a finca does come with certain “items” that we should mention. Along with the 3 dogs, there were a few other “critters” that kept us company while we were there.
A great month for us, experiencing a different type of life that is offered here in Panama.