A Day in Paso Canoas - Shopping in PanamaMar 19, 2019 Costa Rica, Panama Destinations, My Adventures
A short ways into Panama, it's a free zone so you don't need to go through immigration. The funny thing is that it's technically illegal to go shopping in Panama and bring it across without paying taxes! So once in a while the police will set up bust stations and people will get hundreds of dollars worth of provisions confiscated. Sometimes they're given the option to pay off the police. I suppose it depends on if their good are something the cops want or not. LOL
My neighbor and new friend in Zancudo needed to go to the border town to get some paint and supplies for their Bingo fundraiser so I tagged along. We had thought she had to get a turkey for Thanksgiving but it turns out we were a week early! LOL Her business partner and another English guy were along too.
Sue and I were out on the dirt road in front of our houses by around 5:45 am waiting for the bus to come by with the other two guys already on it. It got there before 6am and was pretty full. It only cost about $2 to get to the town of Comte about 45 minutes away.
They eventually got back to the restaurant along with a private taxi / truck with their things tied up in garbage bags in the back because it was raining. We got back before dark which is apparently the first time ever they came back that early! Well it was barely before dark. The private taxi is espensive ($50) but there were 4 of us so we split it and it wasn't too too bad. It's a necessary thing though if you do any shopping and/or if you don't want to get back super late on the slow slow bus.
So all in all a good day and I experienced the local shopping outing. And it helped me on my way out of town because I took the same route to get to the big coach Tacopa bus from the border up north.
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