What better way to shake off the winter blues and accumulated viruses than to sit by a pool in tropical sunshine sipping pineapple juice while reading a book?
I bought my flight to the US with miles which was financially convenient but otherwise not so. I left Indiana yesterday afternoon and won't make it back home to Chile until tomorrow evening... a total of about 40 hours of travel. Valdivia is far, but not that far. I am just lucky to have some substantial layovers. So, rather than spend a night sleeping on a bench in Tocumen International like some homeless guy, I decided to treat myself to a mini-vacation in Panama! Thanks to the Riande Hotel which is just a few minutes from the airport I've been able to catch a bit of sun and R&R before I continue south.
If you ever find yourself with a long layover in Panama City I would really recommend this hotel. I think its a bit more expensive than some of the other hotels in the city, but with the free Riande shuttle service rather than usual the 45min taxi into downtown you will end up saving time and money.