The Panama Relocation Tour starts on my third travel day! Here is our patient and knowledgeable tour leader Jackie:
Panama has many revenue streams coming in, but the Panama Canal is the most important to its economy. Canal renovations are almost complete so it will be able to handle larger ships soon.
I had only one day to explore in Panama City before the tour started. I spent it in Casco Viejo, so this picture as we drove by was the closest I got to the canal.
There were many newly built highways and constant road construction along our bus route across Panama. There was a lot of new housing construction to meet the demands of the increasing middle class.
Our first stop was Coronado, an upscale beach community, to look at some properties there. We were able to see a lovely condo unit for sale and check out the smashing view of the beach from the pool area on the building roof. This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip:
Nice ocean breezes plus pretty views in all directions.
Our group listening to info about the Coronado and Gorgona areas:
Next was some pretty mountain scenery as the bus climbed up to a rainforest in El Valle, which is less developed than the Coronado area. The entire El Valle area is rural and beautiful.
The white smoky area in the photo below is probably a controlled burn.
Once we got there, those who wanted to hike were given heavy walking sticks to help out on a short but challenging hike. We all made it safely through the rain forest.
We continued on to stay overnight at a beautiful Sheraton resort in Bijao:
We got to see a lovely wedding near the pool area:
What a beautiful ocean view:
We ate dinner at the resort’s fabulous Mediterranean buffet restaurant. Later there were fireworks and live entertainment.
The entire area was lovely but I would never get used to the constant heat and humidity. It’s a good thing we were just starting the tour and had cooler areas coming up.