Occasional Traveler

A collection of my thoughts and photos on travel.

Gran Terminal Nacional de Transporte

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November 22, 2009 | After leaving Miraflores Locks and picking up our luggage at Balboa Inn, our taxi driver took us to Gran Terminal Nacional de Tranporte, or the Grand National Transportation Terminal at Albrook.  It started to pour rain just before we arrived at the terminal!  The terminal is basically a realllly long hall with vendors on one side and ticket booths on the other.  We found the one we wanted after walking a ways and paid our $50.40 for 4 tickets to David.

We had about 35 minutes before departure so we hung out in the waiting area, which turned out to be super humid and hot!  The strangest thing (to me), was that once it was time to board, we each had to pay another 5 cents to pass through the gate!!  We scrambled to find change!

I had heard good things about theses buses and was pleased to see that it lived up to its reputation.  The bus was clean, air-conditioned, and my family was able to sit all together in a row.    Once we got onto the bus, it stopped raining!  Here’s the view from the window:

FYI– the hill in the background isn’t Ancon Hill, but Ancon Hill was just next to it and slightly bigger!

And thank goodness the bus was nice!  We were scheduled to be on the bus for approximately 6 hours with a stop in Santiago for food and snacks.  There were even movies that they played (in Spanish, of course)!

Some more images–


Click on the images for a larger version.

The first image is similar to the big picture, except the focus is different– see the crazy old school buses?  Those are used for public transportation in the city!  The second image is the inside of our bus, and the last is the rest stop in Santiago (see my dad in line?).

About halfway through the bus ride, we stopped in Santiago around 5:15pm, where we shared 2 plates of fruit, a plate of rice, chicken, and Asian noodles for dinner! I was relieved to find that the bathrooms there weren’t really gross or anything.

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Written by Jessica

January 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

3 Responses

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  1. Nice water drops!! Are they in a window or on the lens of Your camera?

    sartenada

    January 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM

  2. Thanks! The rain drops are on the window of the bus.

    Jessica

    January 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM

  3. LOVE the water drops

    linda

    January 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM


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