The Ballad of Alfredo Sanchez Continues…

Alfredo Sanchez had never wanted to go to Costa Rica, so how he ended up living in the jungles of Drake Bay is summed up in two-words — volunteer opportunity. helped him find a place to live rent-free and he made the effort to get to Costa Rica by any means and at virtually any reasonable cost.

His time in the jungle of Costa Rica was punctuated by the personalities of his fellow volunteers, various insects, giant flying cockroaches, and a lackluster diet that consisted of pancakes and bread. Although he enjoyed the company of his fellow volunteers he also needed to make frequent trips to the town for more wholesome meals.

His intention was to remain in the jungle for one month, however, he had had enough at the three week mark. So, one day he rolled up his tent and prepared to leave at 4am the following morning on a local bus. It was Panama or bust.

Leaving Costa Rica for Panama transpired without any major hitches. Although, the border patrol officer demanded that he purchase a return ticket to Costa Rica. The border patrol officer would not grant Sanchez admittance into the country. He was perturbed because a different border patrol officer granted another passenger entry into the country without demanding that that passenger purchase a return ticket!

Alfredo Sanchez still had an excellent time in Costa Rica because he found the mysterious spheres left behind by the Diquis people. Though there are hundreds that can be found in Palmar Sur, there were four spheres in Drake Bay. Having seen them firsthand was a really nice treat — one that formed the capstone of his journey to Costa Rica.

From Costa Rica, the first Panamanian city at which Sanchez arrived was David (pronounced Dah-veed). There he shared a meal with his fellow passenger (coincidentally, it was the same passenger who did not have to buy a return ticket) and the two fast friends made their way to the bus terminal. Thereafter, the two parted ways. Alfredo Sanchez went on to Panama City, and the other man went to Bocas Del Toro.

Panama did not disappoint. The use of US dollars made it only slightly more appealing than Costa Rica. Though the beautiful coastline and hip atmosphere were more appealing even of Alfredo did not find it as inexpensive as Costa Ricans describe it as.

After one week in Panamá, it was time to move once again as Alfredo had heard that the Colombian city of Medellin is the most inexpensive and the best locale for an American like himself.

Colombia’s landscape initially impressed him. Not unlike Costa Rica’s landscape which is equally lush, Colombia has a mountainous terrain that Sanchez found pleasing to his eyes when he arrived at José Maria Cordova Aeropuerto.

His first meal in Medellin cost him only $4.50 and he felt that he had finally found a superb place to land. There was even so much food that he could no finish it all.