Adventuring in a Panamanian Paradise

From Uncruise Adventures

Erika Hernandez Calvo, Expedition Guide, Safari Voyager

It’s another amazing day in this Panamanian paradise!

We woke up early to enjoy a delicious breakfast, gathering all the energy for what was to come later in the day. After getting ready, we boarded a skiff while Seamus, our deckhand extraordinaire, gave us a fun fact of the day. He always has something interesting and funny to share.

We set out from the Safari Voyager in search of a new adventure and landed on a black sand beach that was covered with thousands of red ghost crabs, which seemed to be running a massive marathon in front of us.

In the distance, on top of a Cuipo tree, a common black hawk was looking at us, or perhaps looking for prey.

“This is going to be a good day,” I thought to myself.

Punta Patiño is an example of a successful repurposing of the land. A former cattle ranch, it was purchased by the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON), a non-profit organization that aims to preserve the forest that connects with the Darien National Park and La Chunga Forest Reserve through a biological corridor known as, “El Bagre.”

Our walk along the Labonga trail was a challenging one that required the presence of a local park ranger or “guardabosques” named Plinio. An indigenous Embera, Plinio has worked in the reserve for 14 years. On this day, he escorted us through the jungle with his big machete.

Plinio does not speak English, but he has lots of invaluable information that he is eager to share. So today, I became a student and a translator and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be there and learn something new.

It was a hot, humid morning, and we are soaking wet. But it didn’t matter because we are all in awe of this incredibly beautiful and dynamic rainforest.

After our walk, we enjoyed delicious coconut water from fresh coconuts that Plinio opened for us using his machete. It was the perfect thirst quencher after our hike.

In the afternoon, we set out to kayak in the mangrove system of the small Rio Patiño. How amazing!

Calm waters, birds, the peace of nature surrounding us, and the feeling of being the very first explorers traversing through the canals…even though the canals have been explored before, it feels like no human has ever gone there but us.

All of us came back to the Safari Voyager with a huge smile on our faces and lots of stories to share from the days excursions.

Condor Tours & Travel, Inc. Receives 2017 Best of Lawrenceville Award

Lawrenceville Award Program Honors the Achievement

LAWRENCEVILLE August 2, 2017 — Condor Tours & Travel, Inc. has been selected for the 2017 Best of Lawrenceville Award in the Travel Agencies category by the Lawrenceville Award Program. They are located at 1760 Spectrum Dr Suite 106 off of highway 120. Condor has been in business for over 26 years with a team of travel designers that will insure a travel experience unmatched by any online company. They give you that personalized experience you want when investing in travel.

Each year, the Lawrenceville Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Lawrenceville area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Lawrenceville Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Lawrenceville Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Lawrenceville Award Program

The Lawrenceville Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Lawrenceville area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Lawrenceville Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Lawrenceville Award Program

Lawrenceville Award Program