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  • The Adventures of the Island Interns

    Isla Palenque Island Interns

    Luke Hansen and Ben Brown, double winners of the first Island Intern Contest, spent the summer of 2011 documenting their adventures in Panama to take you on an up-close-and-personal journey from the Panamanian mainland to their island home on Isla Palenque, a 400-acre jungle paradise in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Over the course of the summer, Ben and Luke experienced everything from Chiricano cowboy culture to a behind-the-scenes look at one of Panama City’s best restaurants, and their life on Isla Palenque immersed them in the wild natural beauty of one of the few unspoiled places left on the planet. Through their documentary series and collection of travel blogs, the Island Interns invite you to share their life-changing travel experiences in Panama.

    Browse the videos and posts below to follow the adventures of the Island Interns.



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    [post_content] => Ben's slideshow depicting the scale of Isla Palenque, comparing it to 9 other recognizable locations, helps viewers define its size. If you're a fan of our Facebook page, you see a lot of island shots on a weekly basis -- giant trees, island sunsets, and of course, howler monkeys and other island critters. You often hear that the pictures don't do it justice; that a photograph can never truly capture the beauty before your eyes when you stand on the beach and stare into the setting sun. This is true about Isla Palenque, but there's another thing pictures can't do justice to on our island - the incredible size of the ancient jungle and jagged volcanic boulders that form a large part of  the island landscape.

In this photograph-filled post, I want to take you on a different kind of journey through Isla Palenque, one in which you will realize that while just a spec on the map,  Isla Palenque is larger than life. While feeling so small among the jungle of Jurassic proportions, you intimately realize that the island's magnificence is definitely worth preserving and protecting. No matter how tall the human race builds our steel skyscrapers or how easily we can tear down rain forests with the press of a button, nothing we can build will ever do justice to earth's original skyscrapers -- trees and boulders.

This is one realization we hope that guests to Isla Palenque will have, and that you will share our dedication to preserving pristine places like Isla Palenque -- no matter how big or small.

We often use photographs of  giant island trees to help people understand what the jungle looks like:

But when you see Ben near the base of one here, you realize the gargantuan scale of the ancient jungle trees. I'd like to see you try to climb this one!

Isla Palenque tree, jungle scaleBenjamin Loomis with Isla Palenque tree

In our many stunning shots of Playa Palenque, you can see how black volcanic rocks jut out about half way down, giving the 3/4 mile beach its own distinct character. Here it is from a helicopter with the rocks highlighted:

Playa Palenque

Now you see them on the beach, just some regular old rocks right?

Playa Palenque

Actually, they're about twice the size of an intern!

Playa Palenque

Okay one more. Here you see part of an old tree trunk or branch that fell on the beach... we can just clear that out of our way right?

Tree trunk, Isla Palenque

Or maybe not... considering it's four times as tall as the average beachgoer. Of course, the photographs do well to illustrate the point here but to be in the presence of these larger than life natural elements is an unbelievable experience. The ability of travel to literally change one's perspective is truly incredible. [post_title] => Tropical Jungle Scale on Isla Palenque [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => tropical-jungle-scale-isla-palenque [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-10-22 10:44:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-10-22 15:44:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://amble.com/ambler/?p=5180 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )

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