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The Road to Camaroncito #1: Crossing the River and Off-Grid Adventures in the Panamanian Rainforest

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Crossing a river mouth at the Caribbean Sea
Crossing a river mouth at the Caribbean Sea

Embark on a Unique Journey Through the Panamanian Rainforest

Join us on an extraordinary journey as we navigate the Miguel de la Borda river, crossing its gentle currents on a one-of-a-kind "ferry" crafted from a wooden platform lashed to 55-gallon barrels. This unconventional mode of transportation, powered by two river kayaks with outboard motors, showcases the ingenuity and determination required to reach our secluded off-grid paradise nestled in the heart of the pristine Panamanian rainforest.

The Road to Camaroncito: Crossing the River and Off-Grid Adventures in the Panamanian Rainforest (see video 2 here)

Unveiling the Highlights: Journey from Miguel de la Borda to Camaroncito

Our adventurous escapade commences with the charismatic "La Cabrita" (The Little Goat), our beloved Jeep that carried us through the thrilling two-day journey from Miguel de la Borda to the enchanting haven of Camaroncito. Join us as we unfold the highlights of this captivating journey through a video series that captures the breathtaking beauty of our surroundings.

This journey is part of a larger effort through a not-for-profit project we run called Por Panama

The Project That Will Help Change the Lives of Thousands of Panamanians

Por Panama building a road to Cocle del Norte
Por Panama building a road to Cocle del Norte

Costa Abajo de Colon is A Forgotten Region

Imagine being cut off from the world, depending on fishing boats and outboard motors and fine weather to reach civilization. While this has allowed the region to stay pristine, and free of development, it has come with a price to the people

Connecting Costa Abajo: Off-Grid Adventures in the Panamanian Rainforest

More than 10,000 people in the Costa Abajo area of the Colón province on the Caribbean coast of Panama, including children and the elderly, have been living without basic amenities—no road, electricity, clean water, cell service, or access to medical care. In 2021, we initiated the first cut of a 30 km dirt road, a colossal project driven by the will and determination of local residents to end years of neglect by national authorities.

A Sustainable Oasis in the Heart of the Rainforest

Ernesto Berrocal and Sarah Bajc, owners of Camaroncito EcoResort and Beach, have invested time, money, and willpower to be part of the organizing committee of this vital project. With education and capital resources, they've built an Eco-Lux haven in the middle of this forgotten paradise, offering fully sustainable amenities. Camaroncito EcoResort shares skills in solar power, water filtration, high-speed internet, business management, social media marketing, and permaculture farming techniques with the local community.

Camaroncito EcoResort beachfront social area
Camaroncito EcoResort beachfront social area

Fostering Accessibility and Progress: A Commitment to Costa Abajo

At Camaroncito EcoResort, we are profoundly committed to fostering accessibility and progress within our local community. Before the establishment of our road, over 10,000 inhabitants along this 30-kilometer stretch of rainforest relied solely on outboard motor boats or navigated perilous winding pathways. Our collaborative efforts, initiated with a preliminary road cut in early 2021, solidified our dedication to connecting Costa Abajo.

The Grand Adventure: Journey to Camaroncito

On the morning of February 23, 2022, our grand adventure to bring our own wheels to Camaroncito commenced, culminating in the afternoon of February 24. Accompanied by a resilient team of three, we braved the challenging terrain in a robust 2000 Jeep Wrangler 4x4, fueled by sheer determination and a shared vision of progress.

Join Our Mission: Champion Sustainable Travel and Community Development

We invite you to join us on this thrilling journey, where we unveil the transformative power of community-inspired development. Camaroncito EcoResort & Beach beckons you to become part of our mission to champion sustainable travel and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring wonders of the Caribbean coast in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest.

Be Part of Our Story: A Vibrant and Connected World

In the spirit of adventure and community, Camaroncito EcoResort & Beach invites you to be a part of our story, where every step forward is a step toward a more vibrant and connected world. Explore with us, contribute to our cause, and be captivated by the magic that unfolds when determination meets the untamed beauty of nature.

Book Your Stay: Where Sustainable Luxury Meets Exploration

Book your stay now and be a part of the Camaroncito experience, where sustainable luxury meets the thrill of exploration. Discover a haven where the journey is as extraordinary as the destination. Your adventure awaits at Camaroncito EcoResort & Beach on the Caribbean coast of Panama.

The Transformative Power of EcoTourism: Beyond a Traditional Vacation

Camaroncito EcoResort & Beach is not just a destination; it's a testament to the transformative power of community and sustainable development. Your stay with us goes beyond the confines of a traditional vacation—it becomes a meaningful contribution to a brighter, more interconnected future.

Create Extraordinary Memories: Plan Your Stay at Camaroncito

So, whether you're planning a romantic couple's retreat, a small group nature adventure, or a lively family reunion, Camaroncito EcoResort & Beach invites you to be a part of something extraordinary. Book your stay now and immerse yourself in the magic of our eco-luxury haven on the Caribbean coast of Panama. The adventure of a lifetime awaits you at Camaroncito.

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