That afternoon we stopped at Miraflores Locks, and learned all about the history and the building of the locks and the canal, and the workings of the intricate and sophisticated technology. We then went to the Chiriqui Highlands. What a change from the city and the rainforest! It was absolutely breathtaking - there were rolling hills and beautiful vegetation everywhere, and a resident white heron in the fountain at our chalet-like hotel. In the morning we took a hike in La Amistad International Park and photographed various elements of the cloud forest. That afternoon we went to a dracula orchid farm and a beautiful horse farm - a gorgeous estate on unbelievable property! At one point we were rewarded with the most vivid and contrasty rainbow most of us had ever seen. It was magical. We had a couple of very fun group dinners in the Highlands, staying up later than we should, and spending some evenings telling stories and simply laughing and enjoying the time together.