Bocas del Toro

By BobbyRica | August 10, 2009

Bocas del Toro is a group of islands in the Caribbean, just about 40km from Costa Rica.  According to the website, the actual name of the islands came from Christopher Columbus, BocasdelToro.com…

It is not known for certain where the name of this incredible, forgotten by time, comes from. Various attributions exist, one more interesting than the other. It is being said that Christopher Columbus when he landed at one of the paradisiacal beaches, saw various waterfalls in the form of “bocas del toro” (mouths of the bull).
It is also said that Columbus distinguished a large rock on Bastimentos Island (easily to recognize nowadays) that has the form of a bull that is lying down. It is also being said that the sound of the immense waves that hit the large rock that has volcanic origin and that you can find on Bastimentos Island, makes a sound similar to the roaring of a bull. On the other hand, there is people that assure that the last “cacique” (= chief) of the region was known as “Boka Toro”

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I heard about them from a friend of mine in Panama, so I decided to jump on over and see what it was all about.   First thing you have to do is get there.  I went to Panama City, spent the night there with a friend of mine (another day, another story), then grabbed a local puddle jumper airplane.  We flew AeroPerlus, but there are several options.  BDTThese planes are tight and very claustrophobic, but other than a boat, its pretty much the only way to get there….tnpanama-004.jpgThe views from above are simply beautiful and amazing.  Although it was a cloudy day, we still had some breathtaking scenery.tnpanama-005.jpg

Tomorrow we start a short visit with Bocas Del Toro….stay tuned!

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