I got up early again and had pancakes and bananas, again, for breakfast. The plan was to head to the Panama canal this morning since my brother was supposedly arriving in the afternoon and he had already been to the canal.
At breakfast I saw Lucinda who had gathered a group together since it was a popular destination. In total there were 6 of us.
Basically there are 3 locks on each side, the pacific and Atlantic sides. There is a big lake in the middle which is above sea level which is why they need locks to lift the ships then bring them back to sea level.
The ships would queue up in the bay and have to wait 30 hours before they could proceed through the canal. In total it takes 8-10 hours for a vessel to go through and I heard they pay by weight about 20 grand to pass through.
On the way back the cab wanted $12, since obviously we needed them to get home and they knew that. We jumped in an unmarked taxi which was a little sketchy as the guy didn’t want to get in trouble by the cops for bringing us.
We got out at the fish market down the road and got some serviche, which is basically raw fish mixed with lemon, onions, etc. It was very fresh and very good. Was $7 for that and a soda which seemed very cheap for all that fish, squid, and lobster.
When we got back to the hostel, my brother was there. I was glad to see he made it.
We hung out for the rest of the afternoon just relaxing. We were trying to decide what to do the next day since we knew we definitely did not want to be in the city anymore.
We planned to head over to Santa Catalina where we could get to do some great diving on Coiba. I was told there are big things to see there like whales and sharks.
Our other option was Portobelo which actually sounded really cool. There were abandoned cannons there sunken underwater with coral and sunken warships you could dive. Ultimately, we decided against this since it was out of the way and we wanted to start covering so!r ground.