Home…Home On The Finca…

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.

Altos del Maria map...
Altos del Maria map

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.

Homes in the trees...
Homes in the trees…
And homes above the trees...
And homes above the trees…
Those who make the blowing wind...
Those who make the blowing wind…
Our host with those who blow the wind...
Our host with those who blow the wind…

There are numerous manicured, well-maintained hiking paths that we enjoyed exploring with our friends.

Suzi coming up a trail...
Suzi coming up a trail…
Suzi and our hosts over a waterfall...
Suzi and our host over a waterfall…

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,

This gate is still in use...
This gate is still in use…
As is this one...
As is this one…

even one of Manual Noriega’s country homes, which is now a drug rehab center.

The rehab center...
The rehab center…

We understand it is a two year program and working at the center is part of the rigorous requirements to remain there.

The town church...
The town church…

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,

Looking back at the gate...
Looking back at the gate…

our home for the next month.

The finca...
The finca…

The finca sits on approximately 8 hectares

Trimmed with a machete...
Trimmed with a machete…
Rolling green hills...
Rolling green hills…

and has a vegetable garden,

The garden...
The garden…

a pool, many fruit trees

Water apple tree...
Water apple tree…
Water apples...
Water apples…

and 3 dogs, Emma, Spot and Chispa (English translation “Spark” and she certainly is).

Emma, the Grand Dame...
Emma, the Grand Dame…
Spot...the guard dog...
Spot…the guard dog…
Chizsba...fastest dog on the finca...
Chispa…fastest dog on the finca…

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

Flowers...
Flowers…
And more flowers...
And more flowers…
Tiny white rose type flowers...
Tiny white rose type flowers…

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,

Inside the walls...
Inside the walls…
Still inside...
Still inside…
Outside the walls...
Outside the walls…

decorated with all kinds of whimsical characters.

We made a trip out to the fishing village of Cruces

The bay at Cruces...
Low tide at the bay at Cruces…
Fresh catch...
Fresh catch…

and we bought langastinos

Langostinos...
Langostinos…

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.

Gecko's...
Geckos…
Enlightened gecko...
Enlightened gecko…
Just crawling through...
Just crawling through…
Bat-ter up...
Bat-ter up…
Looking for grass...
Looking for grass…

A great month for us, experiencing a different type of life that is offered here in Panama.

Ready for the next adventure...
Ready for our next adventure…

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Home…Home On The Finca…”

  1. I have yet to try a water apple – what did you think? I love the idea of living on a hill with the valley spread out below – the neighbors would definitely become much more important! Cermeño is a pretty little town and the area looks gorgeous and so green. Housesitting is always a terrific way to try out alternative places as well as lifestyles and the finca seems to have provided a lovely place to sample both. Anita

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