Right then, here’s plan two – also known as Panama on the Cheap – travel around the country by bus, starting out in Panama City (after spending a few days there of course) – heading to the Albroook Bus terminal, and heading West.
Planned an initial rough itinerary using my maps on Google (screen shot above) – Panama City – Valle de Anton – Rio Hato – Chitre – Las Tablas – Pedasi – boat trip to Isla Iguanas for some snorkeling (thank you Kris Cunningham for this tip) -Santiago – back down to the Azuero Peninsula to whichever of one of two places a bus will take us to, in order to get to Isla de Coiba to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Parque Nacional de Coiba. Then after more snorkeling and perhaps a night at the ranger station on the island, back up to Santiago – Chirique – David (visit Kris Cunningham if she’s there and amenable) – stay at a hotel somewhere in David – then up to Boquette – Volcan – Cero Punta … Bocas del Toro (lost the thread on how we’ll get there)…
Well, that’s the general plan, and the itinerary is thought up with the idea of hauling my daughter along with me, so the possibility of encountering many adventures along the way is intentionally built into this plan.
A bit about Albrook Bus Terminal, and the convenience and cost of bus travel around Panama here: http://panamainfo.com/en/listing/albrook-mall-bus-terminal
More (a great deal more) on bus travel in Panama can be found here: http://www.panamaforreal.com/taking-a-bus-to-panamas-interior/