Escudo Island is located in a beautiful section of Panama on the Caribbean coast specifically in the province of Bocas del Toro just 2 hours from the country’s capital city. Isla Escudo de Veraguas has incalculable value for the native Panamanian Ngobe and Bugle tribes. Presently, the Isla Escudo de Veraguas is being studied by the Panamanian National Environment Authority (ANAM) to make this island a reserve.
Isla Escudo de Veraguas: Shelter for fishermen
Isla Escudo de Veraguas is the only island in the Golfo de los Mosquitos (Mosquito Gulf), and has permanent residents and serves as temporary shelter for the fishermen who stay on the island during part of the year. The ecosystems of the island have been relatively protected from colonization and “development”, by diverse means, thus making it rich in biodiversity, base of local economy and awe inspiring to humanity.
Within the Isla Escudo de Veraguas many endemic species have been discovered such as the salamander and the humming bird and other surrounding beaches. Isla Escudo de Veraguas is formed by low regions and coastal plains and flooded areas dominated by palms which cover the majority of the area.
Isla Escudo de Veraguas’ Fauna
Among the animals that stand out on the Isla Escudo de Veraguas is the pygmy three-toed sloth which is an endemic species. This sloth is smaller than its land living cousins, this coincides with the theory that animals that live on islands tend to get smaller with each generation.
You will also see sea turtles which move around the entire Caribbean, they swim to Belize, Jamaica or Nicaragua and then come to Panama to leave their eggs.Isla Escudo de Veraguas is surrounded by Panamanian coral reefs, where many marine creatures eat, play and reproduce. The coral as well as the turtles are the base of the local economy.
An unforgettable experience
There are several small islets full of vegetation and birds around Isla Escudo de Veraguas. These islets where separated from the island by the effect of the waves throughout the centuries, reason for which, technically, Isla Escudo de Veraguas is an archipelago.
This island is excellent for adventure lovers; they can dive or snorkel and see its great coral reefs located on the southeast and northeast. Of if you are more of a nature lover you can hike through the forest and see large trees, frogs and serpents. There is a tour guide take the trail and show you the beauty of the island.
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