Carousel has arrived in Curacao after a 5 day trip from Antigua, mostly uneventful and very enjoyable downwind sailing with lots of dolphins keeping us company.
We are now anchored in Spanish Water, a huge inland saltwater lake, where we will stay for another week as there is still lots of exploring to be done.
We will then head straight to Panama to start the next part of our adventure exploring the San Blas Islands, Bocas del Toro and the Caribbean coast.
The San Blas Islands consists of 378 islands and cays, 49 of which are inhabited and are home to the Kuna Indians, who have preserved a traditional way of life. These islands are still little known and as yet not spoilt by tourism.
The Bocas Del Toro archipelago is seductive, primitive and unforgettable and captivates it’s visitors with amazing vegetation, it’s biodiversity and it’s ancient customs. It offers great snorkelling and diving, forest trekking (some of the wildlife found in these forests are endangered species like the painted rabbit, the green iguana and many types of howler monkeys) and a vibrant nightlife.
The Caribbean coast between Bocas del Toro and the San Blas Islands also has lots to offer including the Chagres River, a beautiful tropical river surrounded by virgin rainforest. The river was dammed in 1910 to create the Gatun Lake which supplies the water for the locks of the Panama Canal. It is an excellent place for bird watching and hiking in the jungle, whilst anchored at night we may even be able to see crocodiles by shining a torch and looking for their red eyes.