Panama Day 6: My Last Hike At The Canopy Tower And Off To Explore Panama City
It was my last morning at the Canopy Tower ecolodge in the Soberania National Park in Panama. As on the previous mornings during my stay , I was up early, 6 am., hoping to watch the sunrise from the roof of the tower. Once again it was cloudy. But the views of the misty hills and valleys of the rainforest were still breathtaking.
It was just me on the rooftop. The rest of the guests were already off on a birding adventure to the Atlantic coast. I did not find as many birds without the help of a guide and only saw this keel-billed toucan in the trees below the tower.
I wanted to get one last hike in before I left the Canopy Tower lodge so I packed before breakfast, which was served at 7:30 am. It was another delicious breakfast and which I ate my last meal at the lodger alone in the dining/library/ meeting room.
After eating, I took one last hike on the steep access road that leads up to the Canopy Tower which sits atop Semaphore Hill in the Soberania National Park.
and returned to my room. I quickly packed and had to say farewell to this wonderful lodge. I would highly recommend it not only for it’s amazing location in the middle of a rainforest but also for it’s friendly staff, the delicious meals and the amazing and well informed nature guides. It was an amazing experience and I hope to return again soon. Here is a link to a gallery with some photos from my morning walk at the Canopy Tower. Panama Day 6 morning hike October 21 2023.
I was off to my next stop on my visit to Panama. I was staying at the Panama Marriot Hotel near the Albrook Mall and the Metropolitan Nature Park in Panama City. My driver spoke no English and I spoke no Spanish so it was a quiet, and scenic, 1/2 hour ride to my hotel. I enjoyed the sights of the countryside on the way. We drove along the Panama Canal. I watched the scenery change from rural rainforest, to suburb, to a modern urban city.
toward the massive Albrook mall and a large bus and train terminal across a busy street. .
I took a peek inside one of the many entrances to the modern mall, the largest in South and Central America. At the entrance was this large tiger It was impressive but I decided I had seen enough of the cars and people.
I first stopped to view the famous Bridge of the America that spanned the original Panama Canal (I would learn the next day there was a new large canal built after the canal was returned to Panama from the United States when the lease expired) .
I continued my hike on the 1 1/2 mile Causeway that connected the mainland with a couple of small islands. I enjoyed the views of the skyline of modern Panama across the bay and watched seas birds, such as this white pelican, flying overhead,
However, I had already hiked over five miles and it was hot and humid. I decided to end my hike and take a taxi back to the hotel. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike on the Causeway. Panama Day 6 Panama City Causeway October 21 2023.
It was late afternoon when I returned. After unpacking and showering I was looking for something to eat. The woman at the front desk suggested a restaurant in the mall , El Trapiche. However is was over a half mile walk and, as it always seems top do in Panama in the afternoon it was raining, No problem said the woman at the desk you could walk there through the mall which was connected to the hotel. And I did., for a half mile. The mall was huge. And amazing so clean and with so many stores, 100’s of them. And all kind of entertainment for the children. It was packed. It was, by far, the largest mall I ever visited. I wish I had taken my camera. Well I made it to the restaurant. The food was good, I had my usual dish which included a local fish,
It was even more crowded. I did take the wrong turn a few times but I eventually made it back to my hotel. I had hoped to watch the Philadelphia Phillies baseball playoff game on a local television station, I knew baseball was a favorite sport in Panama, but it wasn’t on. I had to settle for watching it on my lap top computer, only after having to purchase a subscription to a MLB app. It was a good game. I was tired but I watched the Phillies win. I was soon asleep looking forward to another day exploring Panama City
A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal – Panama
Pro Mundi Beneficio (Latin) “For the Benefit of the World” Panama motto