Time to chill out
Today we disembark Variety Voyager and head back to Panama City. Captain Andreas has kindly given us a leisurely departure so we have plenty of time to enjoy breakfast and get our things together. Our main luggage is taken off the ship for the Panamanian customs officer to check. He has a chocolate brown Labrador sniffer dog to help. Richard and Dawn can’t wait to say hello to the dog after the bags are cleared.
Our local Panamanian guides, Cristian and Benny welcome us aboard. We are also giving a lift to Panama City to our guides Isabel and Adriana, and also the ship’s naturalist Elliott.
About an hour later we are visiting the ruins of Old Panama and the Colonial City centre. Some time for a lunch snack or an ice cream. Benny recommends the ice cream shop, and the ice cream is divine.
From the city we drive across the canal using the Bridge of the Americas to arrive at our comfortable hotel, the Inter-Continental Playa Bonita Resort. Isabel and Adriana leave us here and we thank them for their good guiding, fun and friendship over the past two weeks.
We settle in and are ready to chill out for 3 days.