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!

 

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Do you know Taboga?

Taboga Island (Spanish: Isla Taboga), also known as the “Island of Flowers”, is a volcanic island located in the Gulf of Panama. It is a tourist destination, about 20 km from Panama City, Panama and the best way to reach it is by Ferry.

The island was discovered in the 16th century and was originally named Isla de San Pedro by the Spanish explorer, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. Its current name derives from an Indian word, aboga (“many fish”). The island’s first settlers were Indian slaves from Venezuela and Nicaragua.   For more of the history of Taboga, click here

Getting to Taboga Island:  A short ferry ride from Panama City takes you to the beautiful “Island of Flowers”. The ride is quite fun and it offers spectacular views to the city skyline, Biodiversity Museum, the Americas Bridge and the ships waiting to enter the Canal. On the island you can walk through its narrow sidewalks adorned with flowers, hike to the top peak, or go for a refreshing swim in one of its many beaches.

What to  Do:

There are two main beaches on the island, one to the left and the other to the right of the dock, this last one has a sandbar connecting Taboga with El Morro. During high tide the sandbar disappears and you can walk towards El Morro.

Sustainable Fishing: Taboga is a fishermen’s town, therefore an interesting option is to hire a local boat with captain to explore the surroundings and practice sustainable catch and release fishing.

Hiking The view from the top of the island is beautiful.  There are two options, “La Cruz” which has view back to town, and “El Vigia”, the highest elevation on the island. There are two options to reach the last one, using the main road in town that turns into a dirt road, or using a trail through the forest that starts from the park in front of the church. Sings are scarce so it’s not a bad idea to ask around.

There are some hotels to stay in the island.  Our suggestion B&B Hotel Cerrito Tropical

Boat Schedule Taboga click here

Did you know that Paul Gauguin the famous painter lived in Taboga Island for a short time and worked on the Panama Canal construction during the French years, however he was dismissed from his job after only two weeks.

The whales are in the Bay of Panama!

The 2014 June-October Humpback whale watching season has started off with some amazing, up close encounters with the whales. Beny Wilson, one of our very experienced guides said this about a recent tour: “I’ve been guiding whale watching tours for 4 seasons, but today’s show was beyond my memories! 16 whales on the way to Contadora island. 12 on the way back to Panama. Lot’s of breaching (jumping), tail lobbing, spy hopping, pec (pectoral fin) slapping, belly ups, flukes up and all the ethological array that the humpback whales are known for. Contact us for more info on the whales tours. (whie the new hydrophone).

In partnership with expert marine biologist Anne Gordon and the local community of the Pearl Archipelago we offer many options:
● 1 day tours from Panama city to the Pearl islands
● 1 day tours from Panama city to the Isla Taboga area
● 1 day tours from Isla Contadora

● Sunrise Wildlife tours (from Contadora)
● Sunset  with the Whales tours (from Contadora)

For more information and prices, please contact us at http://www.ecocircuitos.com