First Post

White clouds above the small town of Boquete, Panama which is in western Panama and is home of coffee plantations and the Baru Volcano National Park. It is inland, mountainous part of Panama.



One Week to Blast-off

Well, I have one week until I board my flight to PANAMA!! The planning started ten months ago when I was exposed to the idea of an exploratory trip to Latin America to evaluate the possibility of retiring in a lower cost of living country.

The first country to pop up in that research was Costa Rica. I followed many YouTube channels and read as many travel and relocation blogs as possible on the subject. As I continued to dig into the details, other countries came up as good options. I finalized my research ranking my top 6 countries in this order:

  1. Panama
  2. Mexico
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Ecuador
  5. Guatemala
  6. Columbia

So for this first exploratory trip, I have scheduled 18 days in Panama, spending most of that time in the mountain communities of Boquete and Volcan. Still, I set aside a three-day trip to Pedasi in the Azuero Peninsula. Then on to Mexico for 42 days splitting time between Queretaro and Puebla.