Portobello Tour & Isla Grande Panama
TOUR: Portobello & Isla Grande (Caribbean Ocean)
TYPE OF TOUR: Culture & Relax
DURATION: 12 hours
WHAT TO BRING:
US$85 - US$120
After about an hour and 30 min drive we will reach Portobello (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), probably Spainís most important port in the new world. The widest remain of ruins from the fortifications that were used to defend the town from pirates ,like Sir Henry Morgan, who roamed the Caribbean attracted by this immense wealth and perhaps the most heavily fortified of the Spanish control points along the coasts of the Americas, from where all the gold from South America looted by the Conquistadors, left for Europe. We will visit this historical town and the Church of the Black Christ, a statue that sank in the bay when being shipped from Spain to the Viceroy of Peru. Portobeloans rescued the statue, which is said to have miraculous powers.
a ten-minute ride on a cayuco (water taxi)
will reach a typical Antillean island community called Isla Grande where we will have lunch
one of the open-air restaurants to taste some good Caribbean-style seafood
preparation, crab, octopus or fried fish, served with coconut rice or
patacones (deep-fried green plantains). We will spend
the rest of the day, snorkelling and relaxing in its
spectacular setting...so donít forget your swimming gear!
The island has about 300 inhabitants that make a living from
fishing, growing coconuts and visitors that come to enjoy its natural
beauty. There are no roads and the town spreads along its palm fingered
beachfront full of tropical flowers which can be covered within 25 min.,
making it an
extremely peaceful place.