The suspense is almost unbearable as you watch the Island Interns zooming towards their dream job by plane, car, and boat en route to Isla Palenque in this week’s episode of The Adventures of the Island Interns. Passing through the lush countryside of Chiriqui and over the waters of the glittering Gulf, their epic journey comes to an end on the tide-washed shores of this stunning Panama island. And there, the real adventure begins.
Watch the video to join the Island Interns on Isla Palenque:
If you’re unfamiliar with Isla Palenque, you’ll learn one thing right off the bat by watching this exclusive island video: she is not merely enchanting to unaccustomed eyes. This stunning jungle-covered gem still surprises her most seasoned explorer, Amble Resorts’ founder and president Benjamin Loomis. Just a few weeks ago, Ben rediscovered the elusive hidden beach, Playa Perdida, while overseeing construction on The Resort at Isla Palenque‘s first eco-luxury inn, scheduled to open later this year.
“I had to hike for the equivalent of two straight weeks with a satellite photograph in hand to even begin to understand the basic composition,” says Ben Loomis of the island’s varied topography and wide range of distinct ecosystems.
A paradoxical blend of the comprehensible, self-contained realm that all “true islands” promise their inhabitants and the seemingly infinite mysteries of the jungle, Isla Palenque is one of those places you simply cannot find anywhere else in our mapped and trodden world.
This enigmatic island sparkles with a majesty all her own. Visitors will see exotic creatures like howler monkeys, brilliant frogs, and bright birds at every turn, peeking out from the dense jungle just inland of the beach. Amid the rainforest sounds, excited gasps give way to stunned silence – explorers on Isla Palenque frequently find themselves mid-hike in the midst of a natural scene so arrestingly beautiful it feels unreal.
“The scenery just changes before your eyes,” says Island Intern Luke Hansen in this week’s episode. Luke and his Island Intern co-star Ben Brown attempt to describe the island’s eminent seclusion and unique personality, ultimately falling silent to allow their stunning footage to take care of the storytelling.
Having an entire beach to yourself… waking up in the morning to step out your door and into the heart of an exotic jungle wilderness, or washing in with the tide at sunset after a full day of exploring an incredibly diverse island… on Isla Palenque, you realize that the world may have gotten smaller with advancing technology, but there are still undiscovered lands.
The 2011 Island Interns communicate this larger-than-life feeling through their documentary video series. And while they spent last summer living on a virtually-uninhabited island, the master-planned sustainable development that is coming to life on Isla Palenque won’t compromise the immersed-in-nature experience to be had on Isla Palenque – the one you see in The Adventures of the Island Interns.
Thanks to an award-winning design that nestles luxurious guest accommodations delicately into their surrounding environment – literally wrapping buildings around trees and using cutting-edge sustainable building techniques – the lavish life of Isla Palenque explorers won’t detract from the island’s natural beauty. Seamlessly integrating the structures into their surroundings, The Resort at Isla Palenque offers a revolutionary experience worthy of its incredible island home.
In the next installment of the Island Interns’ documentary, Luke and Ben venture out from Isla Palenque to explore their backyard on the Panamanian mainland. And keep up with their webisodes for an entertaining look at some of the natural and cultural experiences you can enjoy in Panama!