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Travel morning to Boquette.

Jumped in 4x4 yellow taxi to ferry port, ferry across to main land. Mel and I waited in ferry terminal for Carrie and Will on next boat. Mel had a coconut from a really funny local guy who told us his life story in like 2 minutes. When Carrie and Will arrived we all jumped into a shuttle and headed out through the countryside. We stopped at some random run down restaurant half way and here Carrie found a huge frog in the bog (no really a frog just sitting in the water of the womens toilet) and we gave some boiled eggs and some water melon to two sweet street kids.

We arrived at our EL machito hostel in the afternoon which was situated in the middle of nowhere but with an amazing green fruit tree garden and a cute dog. The hostel had a really nice outside kitchen and our room was lush with large hot shower and garden view.

In the evening we caught a taxi down to the town and mooched around for some time trying to find a decent open restaurant as it was a bank holiday. In the end we settled for 'BIG DADDIES' an Amercian mex establishment where we scoffed tacos and more beer. Carrie and Will had some margaritas.

We were all pretty tired so decided to get an early night.

The next day.... we had booked a full day tour of white water rafting at I think $80 each. 3 plus rapids.

We set off in the shuttle for about an hour to the river where the guides blew up the boats and went through the safety briefs.

There was a lad called Gus who he asked to follow his instructions and he basically got thrown around like a rag doll. The 4 of us had a boat to ourselves along with the guide. Who was hilarious, his really loud commands of "DOWN DOWN" "PADDLE RIGHT" "STRONG FORWARD"
Will and I took the front positions, Carrie and Mel at the back and the guide right at the back steering.

The rapids were pretty crazy and it took us a while to get our balance and it was definately a good work out. Whenever the guide shouted "DOWN DOWN" We had to jump down into the middle of the boat with our paddle up in the air. For some reasons my reactions were very slow and I was always last to do it. I was also the first to fall in with Will grabbing me by the ankle to try and rescue me resulting in me upside down with my head in the water. Quickly I was pulled back in the boat again. Soon after Mel also fell into the water and was tugged back in.

We stopped for lunch on the river bank having veggie salad sandwiches with a delicious pineapple. After lunch, the first 3 rapid was aptly named Vomit rapid by the guide. In a slower stretch the guide said we could get out to swim so I back flipped into the water and bobbed about with everyone. Then after only 1 minute the guide says quick you must get back to the boat rapids coming. He wasn't joking either!!! We swam like crazy to the boat and I was the last to be pulled in but because my legs were dangling down my foot hit a large boulder at speed at the time I did not really feel anything. But I was pulled up just in time to grab my paddle and starting paddling through the next rapids

Fantastic day totally worth the money. At the end point we were sat in the boat on the shore and the guide was laughing and joking with us. Then suddenly he just turned really serious and said "OK OUT NOT" I found this very amusing, but I think you had to be there.

That evening, Carrie and Will went out into town for dinner and Mel and I had a Curry soap thing in the outside kitchen very nice too.

The next day, we took a trip in morning to an organic farm where we had a tour of the farm and some tasting. Carrie roasted her own coffee and we all got some coffee to take away with us. A unique little place where they pay the workers well and sell the coffee to Europe.

IN the afternoon, Carrie and Will got a taxi to some hot springs in the middle of nowhere whilst Mel and I did some well needed shopping in town for clothing and replacing bits that had been stolen.

Later at the hostel, I started getting a bit worried about where Carrie and Will were but eventually they turned up with quite some story to tell. The 10 minute walk from the disco taxi was in fact a 40 minute walk through a jungle down hill. They spent 15 minutes in the hot springs as had to get back to be picked up again. Then the heavens opened and they got drenched, walking up a now running water muddy path with large pigs running around.

That evening it poured with rain, in fact every afternoon from 3pm it did. We played cards and Mel and I ate stir fry and Will and Carrie ordered Pizza.

Posted by Markandmel2016 07:58 Archived in Panama

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