This is a house off the ‘beaten track’ in Gorgona, Panama. The neighbours were quite amused that we were stopping to take a photo, lol. We found it while looking for the hidden bridge that was rumoured to connect the back roads of Gorgona and Coronado – and believe me, that bridge was well hidden!
While many parts of Gorgona are being improved, with new and beautiful homes and condos being built, there are still homes like this that can be found only a couple of minutes off the main roads of Gorgona. Poverty is not hard to find in Panama. However, many people ‘get by’ with fruit and vegetables from the abundant forests, and owning a few chickens that run loose. They often sell their fruit, nuts, fish and other various ‘wares’ on the side of any road, as any dollar counts. What we found amusing about this particular house was not just how it was pieced together with pieces of metal and aluminum, but more particularly that there was a big padlock on the door! So sad that so many people exist like this – in Panama and around the world. In a country like Panama, there are no hurricanes or winter storms to worry about – so houses like this can easily remain standing for many years, unless flooded out during the sometimes heavy rains. However this section of Panama is rarely damaged by floods.
The photo below is of the bridge that we finally did find and cross – only to discover that a new housing development blocked our thoroughfare! We had to turn around and four-wheel it back through the jungle roads – what an awesome adventure it was though!