Being Lost and Found in the Cloud Forest of Panama

 By Jenny

After another day at beautiful Bocas, which we spent on the beach with crystal clear water, it was time to move on.

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We took the bus in the direction of David and were dropped off in the middle of nowhere (after a bumpy 3 hours ride in a very uncomfortable minibus). Our destination: The Lost and Found Hostel, a very popular backpacker’s place in the cloud forest. After being dropped by the bus, we still had to hike uphill with our bags for 20 minutes. A good thing that the temperatures were so much lower than in Bocas.

The hostel is an Eco Lodge built on an old coffee farm and has stunning views of Volcano Baru and the surrounding area. The whole ground has been made into a really chill and relaxed area with hammocks, a big meeting table and even a maze (Irrgarten) to get lost in.

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It was still quite a hard change for us and I was freezing the first day and night (even though a lot of other visitors were only wearing flip-flops, shorts and t-shirts). Now was the time to finally use the fleece jackets.
On our first day at the hostel, we went on the treasure hunt, a free hiking trip with clues leading to a mystery story and prices starting from the hostel. It was quite tough (about 4 hours of hiking in total) but very amazing and rewarding. The views were very beautiful.
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One of the clues
One of the clues

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I also went swimming in the very cool river
I also went swimming in the very cool river

In the end, we were super tired but figured out the riddle and got some free drinks at the bar! There, we played some fun games like giant Jenga and Cards Against Humanity.
During our second day at Lost and Found, we went to the River Canyon about 30 minutes bus ride away. Wow, clear, cold water that runs through a canyon, making it possible to jump in from quite some height and trying out rockclimbing (as Chris did) or just chilling in a little rock pool (my favourite activity). In addition, we could watch the “show” of one local guy who was really really good at rock climbing, he even hang from the cliff fixing himself with only his feet.
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On our last day in Lost and Found, Chris went to a beautiful waterfall and I joined an organic coffee tour at the farm of Don Cune nearby. It was amazing, I learned a lot about coffee production as well as organic farming tricks. We also made our own sugarcane lemonade which was very delicious.

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Don Cune and his self-made sugarcane press
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Fruit fly traps

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We got to see the whole process of coffee farming, here all the steps in pictures:
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The final step: Happiness. This was a great experience!
After three lovely days in the clouds at Lost and Found, we moved on and took the night bus to Panama City where we are right now. More on that later!

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