THE WEEKLY #114: ISLA ESCUDO DE VERAGUAS ESCAPADES
I’ve been in Panama for almost three months now (the visa allows six months for free) and there is one place that has been on my bucket list since the beginning. I was told early on that I had to visit Isla Escudo de Veraguas a small island in the Caribbean. I generally take local tips like that seriously. Especially when I am told it is hard to get to, a hidden gem, the last frontier or other similar phrases.
This week the dream was realized and I made it out to Isla Escudo de Veraguas. Due to the logistics, it was best to do it on a group trip. It is very hard, if not impossible as a foreigner to do it solo or DIY. That was no problem because I went with my adventure partner, Jerry, and the group he had organized.
There is no electricity, water, buildings … or wifi on the island. We camped under the palm trees just meters from the beach. So close in fact that a turtle nest was a source of action late in the evening with 100+ turtles bursting out and making a dash for the ocean!
The highlight of the trip was seeing the crystal clear waters in the unbelievable mangrove system. The inland section of the island is a dense jungle but the coast is an amazing spot to discover. It is one of my favorite spots ever for aerial photography and flying was an absolute pleasure. Exploring the mangroves and the coast from the air while chilling on the front of the boat was one of my favorite moments from my three months in Panama so far.
Below I have linked the blog post and posted some of my favorite photos from the trip.
Isla Escudo De Veraguas camping trip and guide on how to visit, suggested itinerary what you need and where you can book your trip!