A short time travel to Embera –Quera Village

By Marius

Yesterday, Laura, Roberto, Marc Fabio and I went on a site inspection to an indigenous village of the Embera. After a one hour drive from Panama City, we parked our car at an unimposing parking lot next to the street. Until that moment, I was not very impressed of our trip but what came next changed my mind. We walked a couple of minutes to a small river where some interesting looking man waved to us out of a large self-made boat. Their long hair and their varicolored clothing made us realize that they must be our hosts for that day. The Embera Quera Village is a peaceful place, with friendly people, away from the noisy civilization, that can be reached only by boat. From the moment, we went aboard, our time travel begun.

The half – hour boat trip itself was an adventure. We saw a lot of wild animals like monkeys, a lot of birds, tortoises and even a caiman. In my eyes, the most impressive animal was the Jesus-Christ-lizard. As the name suggests, it is able to walk on water. . Once we arrived we were welcomed by the Embera. The women danced and the men greeted us with traditional music played on self-made instruments.

Atilano, the Chief himself, welcomed us and we learned about their culture and life in the village of the Embera- Quera. The Embera were not the only ones who were happy to see us. A cheeky baby monkey and Tony the toucan were also very curious about the new visitors. After a delicious traditional lunch the gardener and medicine man, Miguel Flaco, showed us the rest of the village and explained the curativeness of the different plants. As we walked between the traditional houses, we got a deeper insight of the life of this interesting and friendly people. I really felt like a time traveler when I saw the simple but wonderful way of life. I was deeply impressed to see people who live in such a close communion with nature. It was amazing to see the women dance their traditional dances, accompanied by the man`s instruments. We even got the chance to dance together with them. After the traditional dances we were able to buy some beautiful handmade trappings and jewelry. We learned that 10 % of their earnings are given to their Children`s educational found. By travelling to the Embera I had the chance to support those people and to see an impressive and unusual way of life.

After this experience I really wanted to spend more time in this village with its friendly people. This wonderful day will stay in my mind and in my heart forever. For more information about this tour or others do not hesitate to visit our website www.ecocircuitos.com or contact us directly at 1-800-830-7142 We are looking forward to organize a trip for you!

Ecocircuitos Incentive Trip 2014 after High Season

By EcoTeam

Last Saturday our company´s boss organizes a surprise event for the office staff.  Instead of going to work on a Saturday morning we were heading to Flaminco pier for an unforgettable adventure.

The Catamaran was waiting for us at the Causeway Marina and while we board the yacht we were experiencing a thrill of what was coming next. Annie Young, our EcoCircuitos Director was exciting and smiling while welcoming us on board.

Fabio and Laura, from our operations department were explaining us about the shore birds, mammals and history of Taboga Island while sailing from the city of Panama to Taboga Island, our destination.

We enjoyed a beautiful sailing trip to the Pacific islands and we spend the day in Taboga, a small island with a beautiful history.   We learned that Paul Gaugin the painter lived there for a while.

We had a fun and unforgettable adventure day after hard days of work during our high season. We made jokes, we play beach football, swim on the pacific waters and some of us even explore the little and colorful island.

The food was fantastic, a BBQ on board the Catamaran. After a very relaxing and fun day, we headed back to the City late in the afternoon. It was a day to remember!


Fam Trip Archipielago de las Perlas

Por:  Laura Ramirez

Esta es una parte de Panamá inolvidable, pero es muy poco conocida por los panameños y el resto del mundo. Si es muy cierto que no lo conocemos por eso debemos hacer un alto en el afán de nuestra vida cotidiana e ir al archipiélago de las perlas para integrarnos con la naturaleza y de esta manera explorar este parte oculto de nuestro Istmo.

Esta recorrido comienza saliendo del Hotel Tump en donde se toma el “ferrylasPerlas” este toma  aproximadamente unas dos horas para llegar a Taboga. AL llegar a Taboga nos encontramos con los representantes de Almanaque Azul y Gente del mar; los cuales estaban a cargo del recorrido por el archipiélago.  Posterior mente abordamos el velero  el cual nos  llevo alrededor de las Islas del archipiélago cercanas a Taboga.

Dentro de este recorrido pudimos apreciar diversa especie de aves, como nos encontramos en la temporada las ballenas y estas nos deleitaron con sus acrobacias las cuales no dejan de encantar a sus observadores.  De igual forma puede realizar snorkel y caminata en las diferentes islas.  Conocer de la cultura de las personas del área.

Dato súper curioso de la Isla de Saboga: en esta isla existen dos corles, si suena extraño coral  si esto se trata de barreras de piedra creadas cerca de la orilla de la playa y estos fueron creados hace muchos años atrás por los primero pobladores de  estas islas. Nuestros ante pasados la utilizaban para pecar ya que en estas áreas cuando sube la marea entra el pescado y al bajar la marea el pescado queda capturado en ellas. Hoy día las mujeres del poblado lo siguen utilizando para pesca.