The fellas especially loved the showgirls!

And now for something completely different!

The Do Portugal Circus came up to our little mountain town for a week-long engagement, and we saw one of the finale performances yesterday. A dashing ringmaster! Dancing girls! Upside-down juggling! Funny clowns! Motorcycle daredevils! This delightful production had everything but animals, which suited us just fine. And all for the break-the-bank price of $6 a ticket.

We treated our housekeeper Yani and her family, and fun was had by all. Yani’s husband Franklin (if I understood his Spanish correctly) told us that circuses come and go all the time in David but this is the the first time in 40 years that one has come up to Boquete. The production took off with a bang, when one of the biggest storms we’ve had this season hit just as things were getting started. It wasn’t long before rain was dripping through the high-ceiling center of the big top and right onto the stage, but the crew gamely swept it away and kept going.


And seriously – this motorcycle act? It rivaled anything we’ve ever seen in any show, anywhere. Not one, not two, but three motorcycles whipped up and down, around and around, in a huge spherical cage. Then they turned off the lights and the act continued, lit only by lights on the cycles’ wheels. It was beyond cool.


  1. We would’ve loved to see the motos in the cage, but then we kinda see that every day on the streets of Medellin! Great stuff, very exciting. Looks like the kiddos had a real treat, too.

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      Ha, I’ll bet! We’d never seen so many motorcycles in our lives, on our visit to Medellin – and they’re crazy! The best part of the circus was the looks on the kids’ faces. They did seem to really enjoy it!

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      Yes, it had a little bit of everything – sparkles, features, LOUD motorcycles – and it was so much fun!

  2. It looks soo fun! I should go to a circus someday, it’s been a while since my last one 🙂 Thank you for sharing your joy with us 🙂

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      Right?? That was my favorite photo also – really captures the experience. I have no idea how the circus got its name – it seems to be based in Costa Rica but I don’t know what the Portugal connection is.

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