Tuesday we left Pedasi and headed up the Azuero Peninsula, west to Santiago, and then south again to Santa Catalina. It was a long drive, but on good roads through absolutely beautiful countryside.
We head out into the beautiful green countryside.
Some young men on horses are taking their cows somewhere.
More beautiful green fields. Cows seems to be the main thing in this area, along with corn, rice, and sugar cane in some areas.
Speaking of cows, here’s a very bug guy!
Here’s another typical Panamanian cow. I love the droopy ears and soft eyes.
Kids, farm equipment, man with machete… you never know what you are going to see on the road. We saw lots of men walking and I don’t think we ever saw one without a machete.
There are lots and lots of cows in this area!
We also saw a lot of these by the road, which I imagine are milk cans.
I believe this is Chitre. Las Tablas is another little town, and I think we were too busy getting lost to take photos in Santiago, so I’m calling this Chitre.
We saw a lot of this stands selling the traditional Panamanian hats. We also saw a lot of them on the rural men we passed on the roads.
Interesting statues above the road.
Is there life without KFC? But, this chicken bucket looks pretty interesting against those spectacular clouds!
Our impressions of Chitre from just driving through are very positive and we would like to go back and spend some time there. Maybe it would be a good place for us to live at some point? It looks like a big enough city for us, and the closer proximity to Panama City is also a plus.
We passed this church which looks beautiful and probably also very old.
Another street in Chitre, interesting until we discovered we were a bit lost and on the wrong street.
A city park which would look much better if I’d managed to get a decent photo of it.
Moving on again, and as you can see the roads are excellent.
It started to rain and the camera only wanted to focus on the rain drops, so there was no more photographs for a while.
As we headed south from Santiago the rain started to clear. I believe this is a field of sugar cane.
Between the rainy spots, the skies continue to be spectacular!
As we had south towards Santa Catalina, the terrain starts becoming more hilly, and the skies continue to be very interesting.
Raindrops, beautiful skies, and hill tops.
The land seems to get more beautiful at every turn. OK, I know I said that before but this is really lovely too.
The farther we go the more the road twists and turns up and down the hills. I don’t think any photograph can really do justice to the beauty of this area.
Hmm, festivities somewhere!
More rain, more beautiful scenery.
We’re getting closer to Santa Catalina and finally catch a glimpse of the ocean!
We made it to Santa Catalina just before dark, and just before the rains moved in, and just before it turned totally dark and the power went out! It isn’t exactly dinner by candle light, but tuna salad by flashlight isn’t so bad either.
I’m starting to get caught up! It looks like I have a folder of photos from Santa Catalina, and then it’s on to the photos of the parade from yesterday.