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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] => Isla Palenque is a 400-acre island in Panama, covered with mature forests, lagoons, mangroves and beach ecosystems. A highly varied topography complements this varied natural environment. You may become intimately acquainted with one corner of the island by experiencing its unique qualities… yet you won’t necessarily understand any other part of the island. Isla Palenque may be difficult to get to know, but for this same reason, the island rewards extensive hiking.

Saying “400 acres of highly varied landscape” doesn’t actually give you a feel for Palenque’s size. Nor do our descriptions of “low-impact development” show you just how low-density the Resort at Isla Palenque is, especially compared to almost every other resort. Unless you’ve been involved in development planning, architecture, or a similar field, you probably need to see it to believe it.

Personally, I find it useful to compare Palenque to other places I know in order to get an intuitive feel for its size and scale. Google Earth’s satellite imagery helps me realize Palenque’s unspoiled wilderness and the size and shape of this island I’ve explored.

Take a virtual tour through this slideshow. See if it helps you picture Isla Palenque and appreciate the size of the island, as well as the inexhaustible opportunities for adventure in its diverse environments!

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