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To Costa Rica With Copa Airlines!  
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8944 times:

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Hey guys,

This TR will cover my very recent trip to Costa Rica. I used to live there for 6 years, so I have lots lots of friends over there. I try to fly to SJO regularly, so I don´t forget my friends. Plus, Costa Rica is a great country with the most beautiful beaches!!

Right now I am living in Lima, Peru where I am very happy. Ticket prices in South America are super expensive due to a little number of airlines flying here and the total absence of low-costs. Tickets for the 4hr flight between LIM and SJO can easily reach as high as USD 1000 in coach. Sometime in July I was checking the prices and they we this high. I certainly could not afford such expensive holiday. That is why for the first time in my life I redemeed miles for flights.

I have a OnePass account with CO for Star flights, a FlyingBlue for SkyTeam flights and Finnair membership card for OneWorld flight. I had about 23,000 miles in my OnePass account which exactly fitted the 20,000 Promo number of miles requiered for the flight between South America and Central America. I quickly booked the flight and payed only 68 bucks for the taxes. My flight mile redemption ever!!! I was thrilled!

The routing was with Copa Airlines flying via their PTY hub.


24.11.2011
Copa Airlines
Lima Jorge Chavez Intl - Panama Tocumen Intl
Flight CM 436
Scheduled Departure: 6:45am
Scheduled Arrival: 10:21am
Actual Departure: 7:05am
Scheduled Arrival: 10:10am
Equipment: 737-800
Load Factor: about 80%
Seat: 22A

My dad drove me to the airport pretty early, I arrived there at about 4am. Peruvian press was full with horror stories of flights being late due to the renovation of the only runway and LIM which meant the runway is closed from 1am to 7am. I even received an email from Copa to arrive early, since crowds and chaos was expected at the airport, since many flights will want to depart at 7am as soon as the runway opens. Since I had only a 50min layover in PTY for my departure to SJO, I was positive I will miss my flight.

Check-in was very quick, no crowds at the airport. I was web-checked, so I only dropped my bag. My yellow fever vaccine was checked by the staff. I was happy about the quick process, unlike the press was reporting. Only LAN´s check-in zone was rather crowded, as usual in LIM.

I had lots of time to kill, so I wandered around the airport. I really like LIM, very modern, spacious airport. That is why it was voted as South America´s best airport, repeatedly. The bad thing it is not a very spotter friendly airport, since it was a double window, ruining every chance of getting a nice picture of a plane sitting in the tarmac   I was dark anyway at the time I was there, so no pics of planes.

Boarding began super early, almost an hour before scheduled departure. Usual boarding process was used, first C-class pax and Elite people, then children and people requiring assistance and then Y pax boarding from back to front. I was among the first Y-pax to board, since my seat was in the first zone called.

Legroom was very good:


Cabin with people boarding:


Boarding was slow, since we started early, no need to rush. Cabin crew was warm, smiling and helping pax with their bags.

What I noticed and heard is that two rows before was a 8-headed groups of Argentinians headed to HAV. They were talking amongts themselves loudly (as usual with Argentinians) that they have a very long layover in PTY of about 6 or so hours until their conneting flight. A few minutes later, one of the cabin crew came to them and told them they will be given by Copa a food voucher to eat at the airport for having such a long layover. WOW! I was surprised! Nice work Copa! In this time of stupid cutbacks, this really cheered my day that an airline might today offer a food voucher for pax having a long layover. Of course, the Argentinians were very happy and even applauded the cabin crew.

AA 757 bound for MIA was boarding as well:


Copa´s 738 feature very confy seats:


AA, its friend LA and its competition AV all in one picture:


I must now appologize for the black dot that will be present in my pictures. I am very sorry, but I was sandboarding in Huacachina (must go there if you visit Peru) and a grain of sand somehow entered my camera lens. I was very pissed, need to take the camera for cleaning. Once again, I am very sorry.

AV boarding the morning flight to BOG:


LA boarding by bus, probably a national flight to CUZ:


Taxi towards the runway:


TA in old colors behind us:


Safety video was played in the overheard monitors and the capitain then welcomed us and informed us that today´s flight to PTY will be about 3hrs and 15min long and that we are plane number one for take-off today at LIM.

Lining up:


Take-off:


LA 763´s at a remote stand:


Leaving the second largest desertic city in the world behind us:


The take-off was powerfull and very quick. Then, the capitan talked to us again, but unfortunately, the volume of the PA was very low and I heard nothing. He was probably talking about the route and weather, as always.

Crew started the service and Harry Potter 7 Part II was played as today IFE, featuring a Spanish and English version in two audio channels. There were 7 different radios availaible to listen to. I preffered to listen to my own music via my Ipod.

Breakfast choices were either egg omelette or pancakes. Since I totally hate omelettes, the choice for me was obvious.

Breakfast:


The pancakes were a little dry. Insted of maple sirup, we were given "Chancaca syrup" which is a peruvian variety of maple sirup, coming from sugar cane. I really liked the pancakes with chancaca syrup more than with maple syrup.
The fruit salad was nice and fresh and the yoghurt was nice. Bread was fresh. I loved the metal cutlery. I gives a much better eating experience than plastic cutlery, at least for us Europeans, which are used to a more fashionable dining culture.

Nice desertic views out the window:


Two rounds of drinks were done, after that, the crew distributed the Panamanian immigration forms for those going to Panama. Not my case, so no need of filling them for me.

After that, I slept for the duration of the flight, since I was very tired.

Descent:


Coastline:


Looks like a fancy hotel on the beach:


Beautiful downtown Panama City:


The beach near the airport does not look very nice   :


So nice to see green surroundings when living in Lima:


Our shadow:


Seconds from touchdown:


Welcome to Panama City:


Our little sister:


We taxied only a few minutes before docking at the gate. Deboarding was quick, crew said goodbye with a smile. Very nice Copa flight!!!!

Transfer at Panama Tocumen International Airport

As said before, I only had 50min to transfer to my SJO flight. Since we thankfuly had no delay in LIM and due to the relative size of PTY airport, I made it to my gate just in time. But literally I arrived and the extreme left side of the aiport and my SJO flight was parked at the extreme right side. At least I walked a little and saw the airport.
I already visited PTY before, about 10 years ago. Back then, I remember a filthy and dark airport. Today? A modern airport filled with shops and restaurants. However, it is very small and gets super crowded. I was hard to walk past the walkways which were filled with people. PTY definitely needs to get bigger, otherwise, pax will have to levitate in order to pass. That also implied loooong queues at the bathrooms, especially the ladies room queue was super long.


24.11.2011
Copa Airlines
Panama Tocumen Intl - Juan Santamaria Intl
Flight CM 795
Scheduled Departure: 11:14am
Scheduled Arrival: 11:31am
Actual Departure: 11:10am
Scheduled Arrival: 11:20am
Equipment: 737-700
Load Factor: about 70%
Seat: 20A

This time, my plane was a 737-700, a smaller version. Upon boarding, I was greeted by another nice crew. As I sat, I noticed the legroom and the seat pich on the 737-700 is smaller than on the 737-800. But the flight was only 1hr 10min long, so totally no problem.

Cabin:


Legroom:


Seats:


A fellow plane, bound for Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic:


I was happy to see my bag making the connection   Good work Copa! My bad is shiny yellow, so very easy to recognize   :


Boarding was completed, the safety demo was played on the screens and with the Capitain welcoming us, we taxied to the runway and quickly left PTY for SJO. This flight then continued to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Fire department at PTY:


Runway:


Bye Panama, see you in 16 days!!! :


Service started quickly after takeoff, since the flight was only about 1hr long. Everyone got a warm cheese and ham sandwich and a drink. It was a nice touch!!!

Meal:


Balboa beer was very nice:


Slowing down and nearing SJO:


I was so happy to see my beloved Costa Rica again. I lived there for 6 years and build very strong ties with the country and its people. My eyes got watery from all the emotions going on inside me and knowing I will see all my friends and the places I loved, again.

Beautiful views of rural Costa Rica:


Touchdown:


Exiting the runway:


TA A321 on the gate:


I deboarded quickly, since a lot of the pax on the flight were continuing to San Pedro Sula. About half the pax left the plane for SJO.

Immigration was quick and nice, I have a very nice chat with the officer. Typical Costa Rican hospitality! So nice to be back!!!

While waiting for my bag, I learned it was finally possible to buy a SIM card for tourist, since Costa Rica just this yeas (yes, in 2011) opened it´s telecommunication market and let Movistar and Claro enter the country. Before that, only state-owned ICE was providing the service, being very cheap but very outdated, not offering roaming for foreigners and not offering pre-paid SIM cards to buy for tourists. Thankfully this changed now so I bought my Movistar SIM right at the kiosk in the airport.

My bag came in quickly and I left the airport, where I had to survive the horrible and annoying taxi drivers offering a ride to the city. My friend was already waiting for me. It was so nice to see him! He left for his place and my Costa Rican nostalgical vacation had begun!!!

Conclusion:

I will concluded better when I post my return trip to LIM. But this flight was flawless, nice, satisfying and super nice! Crew was excelent, planes clean, seats confy, meals filling, etc etc. Very nice work COPA!!!!

Be attentive to my return trip TR which I will hopefully post tomorrow!

Please feel free to comment, ask and criticize!!!

From Lima with love,
Adam


Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
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User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8761 times:

Awesome. Thank you  

User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8366 times:

Ahoj Adam,

great account of your journey with Copa Airlines. They seem to be a very decent airline.

Your report was particularly interesting for me as I will be transiting through LIM in a week from now. Luckily I will arrive and depart a bit later in the morning, so hopefully no problems with the runway situation then. Perhaps you might be able to comment on lounges at LIM? I have access to the "VIP club lounge"...

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
I had about 23,000 miles in my OnePass account which exactly fitted the 20,000 Promo number of miles requiered for the flight between South America and Central America. I quickly booked the flight and payed only 68 bucks for the taxes. My flight mile redemption ever!!! I was thrilled!

Wow, great value! But (international) prices in South America are horrendous!

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
A few minutes later, one of the cabin crew came to them and told them they will be given by Copa a food voucher to eat at the airport for having such a long layover. WOW! I was surprised! Nice work Copa!

Never heard of something like this before. Transit hotels with overnight layovers on international flights yes (like with KE at ICN), but food vouchers for long layovers, way to go Copa!

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Breakfast:

Looks great!

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
While waiting for my bag, I learned it was finally possible to buy a SIM card for tourist, since Costa Rica just this yeas (yes, in 2011) opened it´s telecommunication market and let Movistar and Claro enter the country. Before that, only state-owned ICE was providing the service, being very cheap but very outdated, not offering roaming for foreigners and not offering pre-paid SIM cards to buy for tourists.

Ah yes, the old problem. Here in Bolivia, I can't use my german cell phone which is extremely annoying as I get my transaction codes for online banking sent to this number. Also, you can't just buy a Bolivian SIM card and plug it in and call away as you need to register in an office (of which there are not many) with your passport first. So if you arrive in Bolivia you are left without communication...

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Be attentive to my return trip TR which I will hopefully post tomorrow!

Hopefully with some destination pics!  

Thanks a lot for sharing!


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8366 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing! We don't see to much of COPA on here! Seems like they have a pretty decent product out there. Those seats remind me of the old CO-seats pre-direct TV and pre-BOB


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8270 times:
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Nice report Adam, thanks for sharing.

Copa look very good in this report, clean planes, decent food too, quite unusual these days!

I nearly took Copa earlier this year but went for Avianca instead, the long layover in BOG was better for my spotting opportunities.

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
My yellow fever vaccine was checked by the staff.

- Excuse my ignorance, is this req for Costa Rica?

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
What I noticed and heard is that two rows before was a 8-headed groups of Argentinians headed to HAV. They were talking amongts themselves loudly (as usual with Argentinians) that they have a very long layover in PTY of about 6 or so hours until their conneting flight. A few minutes later, one of the cabin crew came to them and told them they will be given by Copa a food voucher to eat at the airport for having such a long layover. WOW! I was surprised!

- Impressive, I'd never expect the airline to give vouches for a long layover.

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
The pancakes were a little dry. Insted of maple sirup, we were given "Chancaca syrup" which is a peruvian variety of maple sirup, coming from sugar cane. I really liked the pancakes with chancaca syrup more than with maple syrup.
The fruit salad was nice and fresh and the yoghurt was nice. Bread was fresh

- Looks a decent meal and plenty of it too!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8267 times:

Quoting omidp (Reply 1):
Awesome. Thank you


Hey omidp,
Thank you very much!

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Luckily I will arrive and depart a bit later in the morning, so hopefully no problems with the runway situation then. Perhaps you might be able to comment on lounges at LIM? I have access to the "VIP club lounge"...


Hallo volvair,
I hope you don´t have any problems, unlike the press said, the airport was pretty calm and I would say "normal" to me  
As far as I know, there are two lounges in LIM. Both are in the same place. I went two time to the one farther at the back of the hallway. The lounge had modern furniture, wi-fi, decent food and drink options, computers, a playstation, etc etc. I unfortunatelly don´t remember the name   Will try to dig it up somewhere  
Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Never heard of something like this before. Transit hotels with overnight layovers on international flights yes (like with KE at ICN), but food vouchers for long layovers, way to go Copa!


Me neither! I was very happy for the Argentinians. I received food vouchers myself when I missed a connection due to the airlines delay and had to wait a lot for the next flight. But never in such case. Definitely a good way to go for Copa!

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Also, you can't just buy a Bolivian SIM card and plug it in and call away as you need to register in an office (of which there are not many) with your passport first


Same here in Peru. I don´t know about Bolivia, but here the measure is because of their terrorist history, where they did not wanted unregistered phone numbers, in order to harden communications between the terrorists. Even though Peru is calm now, this measure is still in place. But in Costa Rica, until this year, you, as tourist, could not buy a SIM card at all.

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Hopefully with some destination pics!


Of course!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing! We don't see to much of COPA on here! Seems like they have a pretty decent product out there. Those seats remind me of the old CO-seats pre-direct TV and pre-BOB


Hi MSS658,
Yep, the seats looked similar to the CO seats, as I said, they were very confortable, I would not mind flying a longer flight on them!

Thanks for your comments!

Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8254 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Excuse my ignorance, is this req for Costa Rica?

Hi ba319-131,

Yes, when flying to Costa Rica from Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia, you must have a yellow fever vaccine, otherwise you would not be let inside the country. They are very strict about it, I had my vaccine checked like 5x times on the route...

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
- Impressive, I'd never expect the airline to give vouches for a long layover.

I was surprised too, very nice touch!

Thanks for your comments,
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7663 times:
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Hola Adam!

A nice bite sized report you posted here. Glad to see it features some seldom seen things: COPA airlines, LIM and PTY. It's great to have some insight from the locals now and then! I feel COPA's scheme resembles quite a lot with the - now defunct - Continental Airlines.

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
I really like LIM, very modern, spacious airport.

Some 8 years ago I passed through LIM coming from/going to MAD on Iberia. Back then I found the international terminal to be quite a shack really. But as far as I can tell, LIM has a new terminal now?

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
LA boarding by bus, probably a national flight to CUZ

Is that customary at LIM: boarding by bus when the plane's attached to the finger?

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Breakfast:

That looks quite substantial.

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Beautiful downtown Panama City

Looks very 'Middle America': lots of green and some skyscrapers  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7588 times:

Hey Sultanils,

thanks for your comments!!!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 7):
I feel COPA's scheme resembles quite a lot with the - now defunct - Continental Airlines.

Yeah, CO had a lot of share in Copa (I don´t know the exact number, probably somewhere around 50%). They even share the OnePass miliage programme. That is why their livery is similar, Copa wasn´t copying or anything like that  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 7):
Some 8 years ago I passed through LIM coming from/going to MAD on Iberia. Back then I found the international terminal to be quite a shack really. But as far as I can tell, LIM has a new terminal now?

Yes, LIM is completely renovated now. Actually, it has won for many years now the award of "Best Airport in South America" and one can really tell why.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 7):
Is that customary at LIM: boarding by bus when the plane's attached to the finger?

Not much. What I think happened here is that this plane was sitting in the International terminal, but due to some last minute change it was assigned to a national flight somewhere in Peru, so people were ferried to the plane by bus from the National terminal.

Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6558 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7401 times:

Hi Checo77!

Thanks for a great report with nice report ! Nice to see that Copa is nice airline. I hope they keep expanding the terminal in PTY to keep up with the growth of Copa.

Looking forward to the return report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7325 times:

Ahoj Adam,

great report about an airline which doesn't show up here very often. COPA's product looks nice, I particularly like the catering. I really need to fly to Latin America soon, there are so many interesting carriers to try.


PH



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7211 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):

Thanks for a great report with nice report ! Nice to see that Copa is nice airline. I hope they keep expanding the terminal in PTY to keep up with the growth of Copa.

Thanks The777Man!!!
Yes, I actually saw like a new terminal being built. I must see, they need that terminal VERY much, since the airport now is super crowded!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Looking forward to the return report!

Actually, here it is: Tegucigalpa Landing On Copa Airlines! (by Checo77 Dec 12 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
great report about an airline which doesn't show up here very often. COPA's product looks nice, I particularly like the catering. I really need to fly to Latin America soon, there are so many interesting carriers to try.

Thanks PlaneHunter!!!
The catering was excelent!! Definitely visit Latin America, I must say I totally fell in love with it and don´t want to return to Europe ever  

Adam



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User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6866 times:
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Thanks for the inspiration! (Gracias amigo por tu inspiracion!)
For Part Two of our honeymoon, we're flying LIM-PTY-SJO. No kidding, your trip report made me persuade my fiance to go to Costa Rica. We're going to San Jose for a couple days, then take the bus/boat to Tortuguero to see nothing less than those lovely tortugas! We'll bask in the sunshine and have some good gallo pinto! I will take her to see my romping grounds in San Jose and the Mercado Artesenal. It will be awesome. She doesn't like lots of stops like you and me. Otherwise if I were still single, I would do the scary landing at Toncontin like you did!  

Love the photos and love Copa!  



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6079 times:

Hi Adam ! ...

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
I used to live there for 6 years, so I have lots lots of friends over there


I'm jealous ...

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Plus, Costa Rica is a great country with the most beautiful beaches!!

now I'm angry ...

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Right now I am living in Lima, Peru where I am very happy

have mercy man ... 
Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
I had lots of time to kill, so I wandered around the airport. I really like LIM, very modern, spacious airport.

how about the photos next time ... for infrastructure lovers  
Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
They were talking amongts themselves loudly (as usual with Argentinians)
Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
A few minutes later, one of the cabin crew came to them and told them they will be given by Copa a food voucher to eat at the airport for having such a long layover. WOW! I was surprised!

means it was worth it ... hehehhe ... amazingly open people

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Ticket prices in South America are super expensive due to a little number of airlines flying here and the total absence of low-costs.

some internal flight with LCC is possible in some countries but families that control the airline industry in Latin America are influential in keeping their positions in business and in society ... I know that sometimes exaggerating but strong class society , generally speaking is for me the only negative aspect of Lat.America

for me Copa is airlines without identity ... I know Continental blabla bla but are we from Central America or from Texas ...nothing against the investment and cooperation but professionalism wrapped in some local charm are winning combination

Thanks Adam ... landing in Honduras next ...stipica  



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User currently offlineviaggiare From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2007, 2120 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5995 times:

Absolutely great trip report!  

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Looks like a fancy hotel on the beach

Yes, that would be the Westin Playa Bonita.. in the Kobbe area, roughly 40–minute driving time from Tocumen airport.

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
it is very small and gets super crowded. I was hard to walk past the walkways which were filled with people. PTY definitely needs to get bigger, otherwise, pax will have to levitate in order to pass. That also implied loooong queues at the bathrooms, especially the ladies room queue was super long

Not so much that it's small but Copa's Hub of the Américas is so wildly successful, it makes the terminal way too crowded.. víctima de su propio éxito, if you will.

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
I was so happy to see my beloved Costa Rica again. I lived there for 6 years and build very strong ties with the country and its people. My eyes got watery from all the emotions going on inside me and knowing I will see all my friends and the places I loved, again

Cool.. just curious as to which places you enjoy the most.

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Costa Rica just this year (yes, in 2011) opened its telecommunication market and let Movistar and Claro enter the country. Before that, only state-owned ICE was providing the service, being very cheap but very outdated, not offering roaming for foreigners and not offering pre-paid SIM cards to buy for tourists

Indeed, for too long we were the only LatAm country with an outmoded telecom monopoly (aside from Cuba) but not anymore!



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