A visit to Isla Palenque

By Karla Yau

This weekend, I have had the chance to participate in a wonderful visit to Isla Palenque at Chiriqui Gulf.

The entire island itself is amazing and I already miss this paradise. This place is a balanced combination of forest and beach. Also I have to mention the staff, they are a group of young and full of strength persons willing to help and coordinate all, even the small things.

This paradise is located approximately at one hour of boat transfer from Pedregal, David. We pass through different mangles to reach the wild Ocean and arrive at our destination, Isla Palenque Resort.

As we were approaching to the island, we were warmly welcomed by the staff with a refreshing towel.

After regained strength with a exquisite lunch by a Panamanian chef, we had the sunset tour.

It was getting dark while we were hiking and the group was wondering because thought that would have to head back. When Rodolfo heard us, he just smile and told us not to wonder that everything is set.

Arriving the beach, the guide climbed up the palms to get some “pipas” (Coconuts) for us. Very refreshing! Continuing with our tour, we had a very nice spot below a shade of a big tree with food on the table and some drinks. All this waiting for us accompanied with a big smile of the staff.

And just relaxing and enjoying the beach, we saw the beautiful sunset.

The day didn’t end here. At night the restaurant had a very romantic view. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there in a date. But still enjoyed the dinner with a cocktail and the companionship of my boss.

The next morning, we were awoken by the howls of the monkeys. A very nice and different way to get up and start a new day.

I’ll be glad to continue writing my experience but instead why don’t you visit it and tell me your version of this history.

To see a video of this visit, click here

 

Karla is in charge of reservations at EcoCircuitos and is constantly on the lookout for great new hotels in Panama.

If you are interested in visiting Isla Palenque yourself, please contact us at info@ecocircuitos.com

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Panama Special Green Season Package: Cosmopolitan City and Beach Escape

Panama was rated as the #1 destination in the New York times article, “The 45 Places to See in 2012”.  You can´t miss this amazing destination and for low season we are offering a great deal:

Pananama Canal

6 days adventure from $699.00*  Arriving on Friday – Valid until August 19, 2012

Arrive in the exciting capital, the most Cosmopolitan city in Central America: Panama City and stay in the luxurious Riu Plaza Hotel from where you will enjoy a breathtaking view over the whole City. Explore Casco Antiguo a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.   You can have optional activities as:  Kayaking the Panama Canal, hiking or binking in the Rainforest or just relaxing at the fabulous Spa and Wellness Center including pools as well as Jacuzzi.  You will then continue to the Pacific side of Panama to relax at Sheraton Bijao, a new Beach resort with amazing landscapes and beautiful views.  Don´t miss this opportunity!!

* In double occupancy and price does not include taxes.

Special packages with las Clementinas Hotel in Casco Viejo and other boutique hotels.

Central America Travel Mart 2011

This year, the Central American Travel Market (CATM) will take place in Panama fom October 19 – 21.

The Central American Travel Market (CATM) is a vocational meeting, which features tourist offers from the Central American countries. It offers the opportunity to establish relationships between providers of Central American tourism services and wholesalers from major international markets: Europe (priority market), Asia and Latin America among others.

General Objectives

  • Promote the region as a highly competitive and multi-destination tourism venue in the international markets.
  • Increase the Central America market-share of international tourists, in turn creating more jobs in the tourism sector, higher incomes and promoting local development in Central America.

Annie Young Director and Founder of EcoCircuitos Panama will be attending CATM this year.  To request an appointment with us, please email at annie@ecocircuitos.com  For Panama, the CATM is a great opportunity for agents from all over the world to experience Panama and familiarize  with this new and amazing Central America destination!!

We are hosting a special event on October 21 from 5.00PM to 7.00 and involves hiking and a sunset cocktail in a privilege part of the city.  If you are interested in meeting our staff and learn more about our sustainable products for Panama, please contact us at info@ecocircuitos.com as we have limited space.   We are providing free transportation to the rainforest and back to the city on the day.

We look forward to meeting you in Panama!!!

Marriott Announces New Property on Panama’s Pacific Coast for 2013

Panama City, Panama – July 11, 2011 — Marriott Hotels & Resorts announced plans in Panama City to develop the 180-room Casamar Marriott Panama Resort within the Casamar master-planned resort community on Panama’s Pacific coast.  The five-star resort, under a franchise agreement with Casamar Development, S.A. and Corporación Turística del Pacífico, S.A., will open in 2013 and be a significant addition to Panama’s Pacific beachfront resorts.   Marriott Hotels & Resorts is the signature brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), with more than 500 hotels in 54 countries.

The Casamar Marriott Resort will be situated on the beach, near the town of San Carlos, approximately 55 miles from Panama City.  The Casamar community will include a number of condominium and villa clusters, tropical gardens and walking trails, freestanding restaurants, retail units, a sports club and a beach club.  Panama’s Pacific Coastline, traditionally a weekend retreat for wealthy Panamanians, is quickly developing into resort destination with the development of quality resort hotels, and from 2002 to 2010, tourist visitation to the area more than doubled, to 1.7 million.

he Casamar Marriott Panama Resort will offer 180 guest rooms in a series of interconnected buildings surrounding the hotel’s public and recreation areas, which include a large free-form swimming pool and extensive deck areas. The hotel will also have two restaurants, two bars, extensive meeting space, retail outlets and a full-service spa.  The project architect will be Zurcher Architects, whose work includes the Bristol Buenaventura Resort, as well as all the Marriott Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott properties in Costa Rica – the Costa Rica Marriott in San Jose, Marriott Los Sueños Ocean & Golf Resort, and the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa.

New 5 Star hotel: Trump Ocean Club International Hotel Promotional Room Rate: $254.00 **

Rising seventy stories above Panama Bay along Punta Pacifica’s pristine peninsula, Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower Panama unites exclusive amenities, innovative accommodations and the signature services of Trump Attaché™. Destined to become Central America’s next architectural icon, its sleek design evokes a majestic sail fully deployed in the wind, and it is the tallest and largest building in Latin America.  Further distinguishing Trump Panama is a private beach club accessible by resort catamaran, where you can play a round of golf at the 18-hole golf course, a yacht club, and renowned designer shopping. The 13th-floor deck features three radiant pools with waterfront dining and adjacent three-story high sky lobby. Staying true to Trump’s unmatched reputation for excellence, every aspect of the tower has been designed to showcase the direct ocean views, and each of the 369 hotel rooms and suites are exquisitely furnished in an elegant, cosmopolitan style. From the international casino to gourmet dining, this is opulence at its absolute finest.

**For reservations made until July 31, 2011.

Panama 2011 Surf World Championship

Panama will open again its doors to international surf, from June 25 to July 3 to carry out the 2011 World Championships.

The event will feature surfers from around the world and will be held Venao beach in Pedasi, Los Santos province.  This event, the ISA Billabong 2011 World Surfing Games, is one of the most important surf tournaments internationally.

Yesterday a press conference held place at the Presidency of the Republic, where officials of the Tourism Authority of Panama and Panamanian Sports Authority (Pandeportes) gave their full support.

According to the representatives of the International Surfing Association, the highest surfing authority worldwide, Panama has earned the right to be the tournament’s host country because of its good surfing conditions, and the good experience at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, held last year at Santa Catalina in the Veraguas province.

“The waves in Panama are exceptional, and after the huge success of the Panama ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in 2010, we are eager to take one of our major championships to the powerful waves and the tropical climate of Panama, ” said Fernando Aguerre ISA President, according to a note sent by the Tourism Authority of Panama.sur

This event, which will concentrate more than 200 surfers from 25 countries worldwide, will allow Panama to promote themselves, expand and further develop surf tourism, a real economic boost.

Article courtesy of La Prensa Newspaper