I have met with Ryan Grassley a couple times and he is making some very interesting videos around Chiriquí. I asked if he would send me a post so I could share some of his talent with my readers. He sent the following:
I’m Ryan Grassley and I’ve been living in David for about a year and a half now. I keep myself busy by taking motorcycle adventures and filming them to share with the world. I spend most of my time exploring Chriqui, and I’ve seen a lot of awesome places in the area. If you live in Chriqui and you’re bored then you’re really bad at living. Below are a few of my favorite places to visit in the area. Some are harder to get to than others, but all are worth the effort.
Tigre Salvaje is one of those hard to get to places. It’s about a 3-4 hour drive down a bumpy road, and an easy 45 minute hike to get to the place. Once you’re there accommodations are nice. Running water, electricity, but no cell phone or internet. Being there and helping out some amazing turtles is a great experience.
Alouatta Lodge and Monkey Sanctuary is about a 30 minute drive from David. The owners there take care of howler monkeys. Three of the monkeys I met that day used me for a bathroom, so wouldn’t recommend wearing your Sunday best, but I still had a good time.
Gualaca River Canyons
The Gualaca River Canyons are very easy to get to. A 45 minute drive from David on a nice paved road will take you right to the main swimming hole. It’s a lot of fun to jump off the rocks surrounding the slow moving river, and if you’re feeling adventurous you can hike along the river and visit many other nice swimming spots along the way.
I’ve got many more videos about my adventures in Panama on my YouTube channel HalfThrottle and am always posting more. So be sure to subscribe if you want to follow me on my adventures around the isthmus.
On November 1st I will be speaking at the BCP’s Tuesday Morning Market event. I’ll be showing a few of my videos, answering questions about the gear I use, and talking about why it’s important to get out of your house and make friends with strangers.
If you know of a great place I should check out be sure and drop me a line, firstname.lastname@example.org