Panama #6: Visiting Taboga Island

Selena Martineau (’19) Mufaro Mazambani (’19) and Zo Williams (’19) describe their day traveling to nearby Taboga Island

After a refreshing breakfast, we went to the port where we embarked on the ride of our lives. We were taken across the seas to a Taboga Island on an authentic boat that was open to the waves. As we approached the tropical island, we were welcomed by the colorful patchwork of the village, but surprised to see smoke drifting from the very top of the island. As we later found out, the fires were set to drive iguanas down the rocky mountain and into human hands where they would be either killed for food or sold as pets. We ate (not iguanas) at a charming café that welcomed the sea breeze, where there was no scarcity of island vibes. After a relaxing walk through the town, we donned our snorkeling gear ready for a good time, and a good time we had. We still managed to laugh despite chilly and cloudy water. We then climbed aboard the boats ready to make the trip back to Panama City. We remarked on the impressive number of huge container ships waiting to go north through the Panama Canal and we reflected on all of the journeys that we’ve made this week.

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