Comparing Panama Versus Ecuador

“Kathleen, I sure hope this gets to you. I remember when you first got my attention so many years ago.

“My wife and I have been traveling to Nicaragua since 1978. Yeah, during the war. It was a strange time in Nica.

“We try going down there every year since ’78. Our last trip was in 2013. We stayed three months, this time in the White Towns, specifically Diriamba. We rented a little one-bed, one-bath colonial on a busy street corner. Can you believe US$175 a month! Electric was about US$6 to US$10 per month. Wi-Fi was the most expensive at US$50 per month.

“We were right in the middle of everything. A three-block walk to the San Sebastian Basilica where we attended mass every Sunday morning. Then we would walk three more blocks for lunch at Me Bohia Restaurant. The owners attended the same mass with us every Sunday.

“I just wanted to wish you luck and say that I missed your letters about traveling until I rediscovered you recently.

“My wife and I are planning another trip for three to six months. This time we are looking at either Panama or Ecuador. We think Cuenca. Still looking at Panama. We want to be in the mountains where it’s cool. Being from New Orleans and now living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, literally two blocks off the beach, we want cooler temperatures. This could eliminate Panama. We shall see.

“Thank you, Kathleen, for everything. We hope we see your name on many more reviews.”

–Hubie M., United States

Welcome back as a reader and thanks very much for taking the time to get in touch. I appreciate the feedback and the well wishes.

I, too, am a big fan of Nicaragua. That country has a lot of heart and soul.

Don’t take Panama off your list prematurely. Check out the mountain options first, including Boquete and also, less known, Santa Fé.

Good luck with your search.

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