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Directions from Tocumen airport

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 This just came in, asking directions from the airport. Roberto


Hi Rob,

Can you email directions from Tocumen airport to Santa Clara.  I know the way once I get onto the pan american but getting out of the airport can be a little confusing.

Thx
Ezio

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 13:29 Read more...
 

Number 2 pick in Panama?

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 OK - I take back the "bejeesus" comment - you never mentioned you were a minister! LOL Roberto

 You do have the patience of Job. I thank you so much for your willingness to help us with this. I imagine it's most frustrating because I am so vague. I feel like I'm blindfolded and having to pick the RIGHT spot on the elephant! El Valle is lovely. We did visit there. Do you have a #2 pick as well? Have a safe and enjoyable trip. Blessings, Rev. Betsy

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:42 Read more...
 

Is Real Estate up or down in Panama?

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 This came in from a regular reader. Roberto

 

Hello Roberto,
 
I follow several of the Panama real estate sites and it seems like there has been a lot of sales lately or is it just that just a coincidence from everyone updating their inventory or something????   Or do you think there is actually more sales happening in the last few months in Panama?
 
I know you aren't back there yet but just wondered if you have noticed how the market has been?
 
Debra
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 September 2010 13:05 Read more...
 

Panama traffic can be scary

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    This came in from a member from New Orlean's, now visiting Panama. Roberto

 

Hello Rob,  We made it in to the city.  We will probably do some exploring of the city today.  I don't know exactly how to get out to your area.  I am chicken about renting a car after watching the driving here!  I know it will be fine once we get out the city but we were in a jam yesterday where cars where fighting to squeeze through one spot, inches apart.  I was thinking about a bus but I guess we would need a car to drive around the beach area. Is it possible to take a bus there and then rent a car to drive around?   Are we may just get our taxi driver, Chewy, to take us out there.  We have your Joe's stuff and some spice from our local Acadiana area for you.  Thanks, Roberto!
Last Updated on Monday, 06 September 2010 17:21 Read more...
 

Getting from Panama City to Bocas Del Toro

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 Another question from our directionally challenged Shelly. LOL Roberto

hi rob,pls advise me how i get from pty to pac .can i take a bus?i want to get to boc(bocas del toro)and i'm a little confused.ty in advance as always shelley xxoo

MY RESPONSE:

Take  $30 cab from PTY (Tocumen) to Allbrook Airport in The City and then fly to Bocas Del Toro (a one hour flight). Alternatively take the bus to David (six hours), switch to another bus to Bocas (no odead - but a hair-raising ride) . Or drive to Chiriqui Province and go over the mountains, past Fortuna, and catch a ferry boat to Bocas. Watch out for parts of the highway that have fallen 1,000 feet away off the sides. Fog at the top. Rain on the other sde. Enjoy. RC

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 September 2010 13:13
 

Cell phone chips in Panama

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 This came in from Shelly. Roberto

roberto can i get a chip for my phone so it works there?

First of all, chips are not good for you! LOL

Yes - if it has a SIM card, you can buy a SIM card in Panama and you are good to go. RC

PS: Try the garlic / chive dip with that.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:35
 

Renowned Canadian artist donates painting to fundraising dinner

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 Yolanda Van Der Kolk donates a typical Canadian scene painting to the upcoming Canada Panama Association Thanksgiving dinner Oct 9th.

For full details:

http://www.newsroompanama.com/

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:55
 

Best mountain areas in Panama

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 Here are some of the best written, accurate and concise observations on mountain areas in Panama that I have ever read. Roberto

(and they were not written by me)

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 August 2010 22:02 Read more...
 

How do I apply for the 6 month tourist visa?

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 This question has been sent in by over a dozen readers. I just chose the most recent one to post. Roberto

I am Canadian. Can I apply to stay for 6 months when I get there or is there more to it? What do I do to stay longer? I want to come at high time in October and look around to see if this is where I will relocate. Thanks, Shelly

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 September 2010 00:12 Read more...
 

Controlling termites

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 This came in from Mitch asking about how to control termites in Panama. Roberto

 Dear Roberto,

Your "winter home" in Panama is gorgeous. I notice construction includes quite a bit of wood. How do you control the invasion of termites?

 
Mitch 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 August 2010 20:13 Read more...
 

Is the six months for Canadians a permanent change?

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I asked Yasser (Alexis) Williams Arosemena - my lawyer - if the 6 month extention for the tourist visa is a permanent change. Roberto

 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 November 2010 17:20 Read more...
 

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