Yesterday, Sunday 23 January was the final day of the 2011 Boquete Flower and Coffee fair and we decided to skip out on the closing. Mayra and I returned to Puerto Armuelles and a day at the beach. If you have never been to Puerto Armuelles you might not be aware that to get there by land you need to navigate Paso Canoas, the frontier border town with Costa Rica.
Paso Canoas is bustling, dusty, dirty, filled with traffic and although many Panamanians think shopping there is a bargin, I disagree. Still for the Ticos from Costa Rica it is a giant discount mall.
Without further comment I decide to subject anyone who misses noise, traffic and chaos to a few minutes of my looping across the border, into Costa Rica. Then I drive the wrong way up a one way street, recover, turn and proceed to the border on the Costa Rican side, then back to the Panama side.
In a previous visit I discovered that you cannot pass through the legal crossing without papers, but you can cross illegally all day unmolested on either side as long as you do not leave the few streets of the shopping areas.