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  • Meet the Storytellers

    Meet the Storytellers

    Your endless curiosity and appetite for adventure can’t wait until your next journey – so continue your travels with a group of people as passionate as you are. Meet the team of travel writers sharing their stories on The Ambler.


    • Amanda Throckmorton

      Amanda Throckmorton

      Amanda is a freelance writer looking for opportunities to wrap her arms around the world. California-bred, she’s lived in South Korea, circled the globe on......MORE

    • Jacqueline Berkery, travel writer

      Jacqueline Berkery

      Jackie is a wanderer at heart – she’s moved from Chicago to Boston to Spain to Argentina. Though she now resides in Denver, Colorado, she’s......MORE

    • Dance Aoki

      Dance Aoki

      Dance Aoki is a playwright, poet, freelance writer, artist, activist, caretaker, aspiring social entrepreneur and all-around do-it-yourselfer who enjoys tasting culinary flavors from around the......MORE

    • Al Argueta, travel writer

      Al Argueta

      Al has been traveling to Central America since the age of three when he first visited his father’s Guatemalan homeland. He now splits his time......MORE

    • Bina Joseph

      Bina Joseph

      A passionate traveler, Bina has lived and worked in India, UAE, UK, and USA. Having visited 40+ countries and with a Master’s degree in English,......MORE

    • Michael Titgemeyer, travel photographer

      Michael Wesley Titgemeyer

      Michael’s journeys have taken him to twenty-one countries on five continents (so far), but the majority of his images are native to California, as is......MORE


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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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