Panama Day 2- Isla Taboga

I woke up at 7:30am. I was still super tired/groggy/jetlagged, but I had made tentative plans with John to go to an  island near the city called Isla Taboga. It would be an all day event, and I wasn’t sure what else to do. Rather than sleep all day, I decided to get up to see if John was still around.

Sure enough he was, so we had a hostel provided breakfast of make your own pancakes and bananas. We thought the ferry was leaving at 8:30, but were later told 8am, so we ran out the door. John had also invited one of his roomates, Lucinda who was from Holland. We all ran out the door and caught a $8 cab ride to the ferry to Taboga.
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There was a big line there, and we asked people in line what the deal was.
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As it turned out, the ferry did leave at 8:30 and was to return at 4:30. Only one ferry was listed, but apparently there was another ferry that also came an hour later. Tickets were $14 round trip.

We weren’t sure what to expect there, and since we had trouble communicating, we ran out to get some food and water to bring just in case. There was also an ATM and since I had $2 to my name I took out some money and was happy to find that I had no problems using my ATM card.

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The ferry ride was interesting in that we saw a bunch of tankers docked up waiting to go through the canal.
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Soon the island came into view. The ride was 45 mins.
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Right when we got off the ferry, a few guards had us all put our bags on one end of the dock while they came by with a dog and had him sniff all our bags. A little odd I thought for a small island.
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Upon unloading at the beach, we headed to the beach.
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We were offered to rent umbrellas for $5, but instead opted to sit in the shade by the shore. There was a huge pulley, we assumed abandoned there by a shipping vessel.
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There was also tons of rusted iron-ore on shore, which was rusted so badly it looked like rock.
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I don’t know if it was from a ship run ashore or what.

There was a big hill/small mountain at the end of the beach. So we decided to see if we could hike up it. Turned out at the top there was a tombstone.
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The trail was very lightly traveled and there was plenty of bush whacking and giant spider webs/spiders crossing our path. We also saw a bunch of tiny (poisonous?) yellow frogs so stayed away from them and tried to avoid the giant spiders after I walked through one of the webs and had to brush it off.
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There were also so big rusted out tanks along the hike, not sure what they must have been used for? Fuel for tankers?
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Once we got back down, we had an hour or two until the ferry so we wandered around the tiny village.
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At the end of the day, it started downpouring so we waited on the dock under cover for another hour until we could catch a ferry ride back.
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We stopped at the bus station on the way back to look into tickets to our next destination, as well as walked around the giant mall that was there. At night, we went out to the hostel bar again for a little while and briefly checked out bars in the area. It was pretty dead and I was still super exausted I passed out

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