After the most incredible 9 months of my entire life, my time in South America is just about at an end (for now

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My Name is Andy Irvine and I have been to some great places and seen some amazing things, but it was perhaps fitting that the final statue I visited was probably the greatest, most outstanding South American of all time***

The Shakira statue in Barranquilla Colombia

On Tuesday 19th March I took a flight to the North American country of Panama.

There is no road going through the Darien Gap, which is the lawless jungle area that separates Colombia and Panama.

I did my research and Reserved at the Tourist Center of Certified Guided tours of Panama in Vacamonte, Panama Oeste, a perfect choice as the airport i landed on is past the bridge of The Americas ( said bridge can not be traveled on by biciles or on foot, legally anyway .

after arriving to the airport i recived my bike and proceeded to unpack and putting it together

The perfect location to be able to explore Panama with their guided tours , as i arrived was greated by the host Originally from USA. A Certified National Guide with 15 Years of experience exploring Panama. and from the start we confirm what we we had plan to visit the next day.


Their excelent chef prepare us a delicious dinner

Andy Irvine & David Sloan at the Tourist Center of Certified Guided Tours of Panama

after dinner I share a Panamenian Beer called Balboa Ice with David Sloan a Famous New York Artist that has been painting in Panama at the Studio he Inspired called The Panama Center of Art and Culture for Artist Residency

Andy Irvine & David Sloan at the Tourist Center of Certified Guided Tours of Panama

we started our morning with some Panamenian Coffe ( Cafe Duran ) Named after the Famous ( mano de piedra Duran ) Famous Fighter,and a Smoked Turkey breast and Chese sandwish

Cafe Duran


As our Certified Guided tour Guide Ernesto packed up the coolers and away we went on the Hostel’s Toyota Sienna for our day tour.

We visited the Miraflores Locks of The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is an artificial 82 km waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a conduit for maritime trade.

We hiked the highest point of the Panama City called The Ancon Hill
( Cerro Ancon )

Ancon Hill is a 654-foot hill that overlooks Panama City, Panama, adjacent to the township of Ancón. Ancón Hill is an area in Panama that was used for administration of the Panama Canal. It was under U.S. jurisdiction as part of the Panama Canal Zone until being returned to Panama in 1977

We hiked the trails of the Metropolitan park in Panama City, Panama. It is the only wildlife refuge in the city. Wildlife found in the park include bird species and Geoffroy’s tamarin. The park was first proposed in 1974 and was inaugurated on June 5, 1988.

and last but not leat we went to a local beach
Called Veracruz is a corregimiento in Arraiján District, Panamá Oeste Province, Panama with a population of 18,589 as of 2010. Its population as of 1990 was 8,224; its population as of 2000 was 16,748 to watch the sunset and even walked on a sand bar that leads to an Island we were able to go 3/4 of the way as it was getting dark

it is so nice to visit and to enjoy the company of new friends but it is also so to get back on my bike and continue with my jorney

and continue my journey to Canada.

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