Tour and Panama Cruise with CruiseWest
Antonio National Park and Caletas Beach Picnic * Text and
Photos by Jack
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The park includes a small forest
area, populated by monkeys, raccoons, and various wildlife. There
are three exceptionally beautiful beaches. It is one of the few remaining
areas in which the squirrel monkey exists. The trails trek through
a secondary forest and some primary forest, dominated by hybrid marshes
of cedar and mangrove. The beaches are flanked by coconut palms in
a tropical setting.
thumbnails on these two
Photo of Park map with trails and beaches.
CenRut map showing the trails. The
'heavy' contour line is the actual shore.
the following thumbnails for larger views
The Pacific Explorer was anchored
in the left-hand cove of the aerial view.
This park map has been rotated to agree
with the aerial view. .
Aerial view looking north. The ship
was anchored about where the small boat is.
Going ashore is mostly by rubber boats
-and wet feet!
View looking north along the beach.
Note that the terrain in the background
is the same as in the aerial photo just above.
Capuchin monkey observing a 'beach comber'
observing the monkey.
Here there was a constant sound of cicadas,
the only place we encountered them.
Lizard 'sun bathing'.
Lizard playing 'hard to see'.
A Black Buzzard dries his wings after taking
a dip in a pool to the left.
Caletas Beach Picnic
In this tree is a three-toed sloth.
Find it if you can! These animals are very hard to spot.
But our guide, Ricardo Guindon (in front
of a huge bamboo tree), found him with his spotting scope.
The sloth (hard to make out in the scope)
is looking back over his shoulder. Their heads can turn 180°.
The park has accommodations for a large
A barbecue lunch is transported to shore
by the crew.
The last two boats to leave the shore after
cleaning up the beach.