Parque Internacional de la Amistad (Day #3)

On Saturday, February 20th, Jose, Alex and I headed up Route 612 from San Vito towards the International Park of Friendship. This route is paved for most of the way, though it seems they are extending the pavement, so we had to ride through some soft, sand-like parts that made the bikes wobble. Hahaha!

Then we took Route 135 up. It is mostly hard packed gravel, but there are some challenging parts, with loose rocks, ruts, and curves. I would not attempt to do this during the rainy season because of the parts with clay. Jose says it’s #6 level of difficulty. I would say it is level 4.

On our way, we stopped by the Aguas Calientes hots springs along the Coto river. Lukewarm waters and lovely!

I admit I LOVE having men to help me maneuver my motorcycle out of difficult spots! It’s so nice to have help on the road.

What a delight to make it to the top!!

We rode further up to the entrance to the park and crossed into the park itself, which may have been on the Panama side.


Believe it or not, there is a restaurant up there! 🙂 We had trout for lunch and then hung out on the hammocks a bit.

And back down we went! It sure seemed easier and shorter going back. Hahaha!

We concluded our day by riding through the coffee-producing town of Union, then heading over to the Costa Rica/Panama Border.

Self serve gasoline in Panama

Wow! Highlights of my riding career, Boruca and Parque Internacional La Amistad. I am so grateful for Jose Alonzo for taking the time to show Alex and I these awesome routes! We had so much fun. Needless to say, we are now super bonded. Hahaha! Having gone through so many INTENSE experiences TOGETHER: fun, terror, adventure, meals, beholding beauty, traversing difficult terrains, laughing, etc. We are like family now. Can’t wait for the next adventure of “Los Aventureros,” as we call ourselves. Hahaha!!

On Sunday, February 21, 2021we concluded our three-night adventure by riding home with Los Chacales (The Jackals) of Coto Bruz. What a gorgeous ride home! The weather was perfectly BLUE.

I cannot express how happy I am to have these two new riding buddies! BEST FRIENDS!


A life well lived.

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