Tour and Panama Cruise with CruiseWest
Interesting Stops along
the Way * Text and Photos by Jack
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The CRT organization (see their web site HERE)
stopped the big bus at several interesting sights as we traveled along.
The first was a combination ice-cream parlor and iguana hangout!
While indulging ourselves is some tasty ice cream, we were treated to green
iguanas in their mating season -at which time they turn orange! Apparently,
the orange color tends to attract more females. Wasn't it Kermit
the Frog that said, "It isn't easy being green"? The iguanas live
in some trees draping over a local river, right next to the ice-cream parlor.
See orientation map (HERE).
Click on the following
thumbnails for larger views
Jorge selects his ice cream
Iguana playing "hard to get".
This big fellow is decked out with a "display
pouch" under his chin.
A panorama from a stop while descending
the Poás Volcano to the south and the Pacific Ocean.
These crocodiles hang out under a bridge
on the way to the ship dock. Apparently they're well fed from chicken
carcasses tossed in by the locals.
At the end of the land tour, the CRT
bus pulls up next to the ship's gang plank.
As usual, all baggage handling is done
by the crew.
A special note for our guide, Jorge Monge. He
was the most knowledgeable, entertaining, and informative guide that Rita
and I can remember. His running comments on the bus made some long
drives actually enjoyable! And on the ground, he could qualify for
a professional naturalist.