On a recent trip to Panama my friend and I took a day trip to Isla Grande. The island is at the northernmost point of Panama and the largest island in the Bocas archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is located within the Parque Nacional Portobelo, a little over 200 km from Panama City. We went during the week while it is quiet, but on weekends and holidays it is a popular vacation spot for Panamanians. It is a beautiful and lush tropical paradise, encircled by coral reefs and white sand beaches.
The island has no cars and travelers arrive by a five-minute boat ride that cost $2.50 per person from La Guaira on the mainland. The few inhabitants of the island are mostly fishermen and are descendants of African slaves from Guinea and Congo. The name used on the island to describe their community is Congos. The Congos practice a religion where some components of Christianity blend with magical beliefs and rites. After lunch we went exploring, following the path along the island. Here I found a wall, perhaps depicting Congo symbols, that was in a dilapidated state but still beautiful and unusual.
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