By Antoine Oudot – French Intern
It is a little bit hard to describe my Panamenian internship with Ecocircuitos. This is a amazing country, small, but with the richest flora and fauna I have ever seen.
When I arrived there I did not know anything about Central America and this country. As so many French people, I only knew the famous Panama canal. Moreover, my Spanish was not so good. When I arrived there I was of course stressed. But Panamenians were pleased to welcome me. They have a very good sense of hospitality. Then, my adaptation into the company was easy. Annie was glad to welcome me in EcoCircuitos and the staff shows me everything.
A week later, I started to discover the magical country. My first trip was to the Azuero Peninsula. I fell in love with the area. I have visited Chitré, Las Tablas famous for the Carnival, and finally Isla Iguana (for me it’s my paradise on earth).
I had the opportunity to visit, and discover Panama. I explore to the highlands on the western side of Panama and the beautiful and picturesque town of Boquete . The town of Boquete is very famous for the quality of life and I can say: Of course life there, is sweet!
I have visited Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean side and taste the gastronomy of this side of the country… spicy. I have hike the Soberania national Park, f the jungle between the Caribbean and the Pacific side.
Thanks to my internship, I have met beautiful local communities that has showed me their way of life, I have learn a lot about their connection with nature and why is important to preserve the tropical forests. I learn about the biodiversity of Panama and the efforts for preserving the land and cultures as the Kuna people.
During my internship I lived in Panama for more than 4 months in the city of Panama. The city, shows us the evolution of the country by the different neigbourhoods: From the Casco Viejo, with the colonial area, to the new CDB. Finally I was suprised to discover that the capital is a melting pot,where you’ll meet people coming from all over the world and that’s what it makes the capital so attractive, in an enthusiastic atmosphere!
But what would be Panama without the famous canal. It was very interesting to discover all the engineering, and the process, to build this waterway.
What I will remember all my life are the mammals, especially the monkeys and the toucans. I’ve never seen them before in own environment!
Thanks to EcoCircuitos & their team I won’t forget this unique experience in this great country: Panama!