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Sustainable Tourism

Joseph Archbold

The Bocas Cocktail Card is Here! ¡Experimenta Bocas con la Cocktail Card!


The Power of Food El Poder de la Comida


Respecting the Environment as Well as Local Economies


Editor’s Note

Publisher Information / Información Editorial

The Bocas Breeze is published monthly in English and Spanish with a circulation of 5,000 free copies distributed at airports, restaurants, retail stores, and local businesses throughout Panama (Bocas del Toro, Panama City, David, Boquete) and Costa Rica (Puerto Viejo, San Jose). The Bocas Breeze is also online at

Dear Readers, If you’re reading this in print: do not forget to check out the Bocas Breeze on-line at You see, there are so many wonderful things going on in Bocas del Toro that they can’t be constricted to just 16 print pages. With the December edition you will notice that many of the stories are mentioned here but actually found on-line. Also speaking of the internet- with the holiday season here, the Bocas Breeze is ringing in the New Year with 4 amazing Facebook Giveaways. On page 4 you can learn how to win these fabulous prizes with just 3 clicks of the mouse!

El Bocas Breeze es publicado mensualmente en inglés y español con una circulación de 5,000 copias gratuitas distribuidas en aeropuertos, restaurantes, tiendas y comercios locales en toda Panamá (Bocas del Toro, Ciudad de Panamá, David, Boquete) y Costa Rica (Puerto Viejo, San José).

Check out our website! ¡Visita nuestro sitio web!

Nota del Editor en español

Queridos Lectores, Si están leyendo esta publicación: no se les olvide ver nuestro Bocas Breeze on- line en Lo que sucede es que hay tantas cosas maravillosas sucediendo aquí en Bocas del Toro que no se pueden oprimir en solo 16 páginas impresas. Con la edición de diciembre notaras que muchas de las historias están mencionadas aquí pero en realidad están en línea. Por cierto hablando del internet – con la temporada de fiestas aquí, El Bocas Breeze está recibiendo el Año Nuevo con cuarto asombrosos Facebook Giveaways (Concursos en Facebook). ¡En la página cuatro aprenderás como puedes ganarte estos fabulosos premios con solo 3 clics del mouse!

Editor: Nicholas Corea | Published by / Publicado por: Nicolasio, SA Contact us / Contáctenos: 6537-0405, The Bocas Breeze all rights reserved. Advertising Sales Manager: Nancy Trascik, advertise@thebocasbreeze. com 6739-0693 | Assistant Editor: Marjon Mos | Translation: Milagro Rimmer | Photo credits: Jahir Amir Torres | Formatter: Ricardo Celis | Wed Administrator: Angie Correa | Julie Colosso of Simplify Panama (Panama City), Caribe Shuttle (Puerto Viejo and San Jose, Costa Rica), David Ewards (Isla Colon, Almirante), JB Seligman (Carenero, Bastimentos) Robert Larson (Boquete, David) | Cover Art: Karen Pedroza

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-Nicholas Corea, Editor


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It’s GUESS WHO with her faithful copy of the Breeze all the way in Montevideo, Uruguay. All I know is folks in Bocas are missing their hair-dids and wax-done at that Lil Spa Shop by the Sea...

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN BOCAS? EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND SPECIALS DEALS IN BOCAS DEL TORO EVENTS Dec 4th – Cosmic Crab SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET 11-3pm Fresh baked Ham, Breads, Bagels, Omelettes, Pancakes, Blintzes, Soups, Salads….MORE!!! December 7th Wednesday 6pm-9pm. Italian Night Benefiting Casa de Asilo, Bocas Elders Home. The halls well be decked for Christmas, Tomas our Buddhist Monk will be there to meet and greet you, while you are served by Random Art cooking students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Reception at Hotel Bocas del Toro for $20.00. or night of the event. If you are unable to make the event any donations will be gladly received at Hotel Bocas del Toro. Come enjoy the festivities and the time of giving. Volunteers accepted. Dec 8th – Mother’s Day in Panama ¡Feliz día de la Madre! Dec 15 - Cosmic Crab: All You Can Eat ITALIAN BUFFET 4-9pm Soups, Salads, Antipasti, Pizza, Cioppino, Chicken Piccata, Eggplant Parmigian, Baked Tortellini Casserole, Fettucine Alfredo, Mama Diana’s Sunday Sauce with Sausage, Pork & Meatballs over Ziti, Linguine with White Wine Clam Sauce…..and MORE!!! December 25th - Cosmic Crab: CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET – seatings @ 2:00 & 6:00 Featuring Baked Ham, Smoked Turkey, Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Cognac Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cranberry Ambrosia, Grilled Vegetable Couscous, Lobster Bisque, Salmon Croquettes, Smoked Oyster Cream Pate, Strawberry Apple Crumble, Red Velvet Cake Dec. 25th - Hotel Bocas del Toro Caribbean Christmas Dinner 6-9pm. Reservations accepted 757.9771 Dec 31st – Cosmic Crab : NEW YEAR’S EVE – Festivities begin @ 8pm. Spectacular Dinner, Live music. BEST VIEW OF ALL THE FIREWORKS!!! Sunday January 1 – SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET – Begins @ noon. Special New Year’s Day Brunch Menu, Bloody Marys & Champagne Cocktails. Dec 31st - Hotel Bocas del Toro New Years Eve dinner with complimentary glass of champagne. 2 seatings. 7pm and 9pm. Reservations 757.9771

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Hotel Bocas del Toro Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 Morning Buffet featuring banana coconut muffins and tropical cocktails. Jan 1st – Cosmic Crab: SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET – Begins @ noon. Special New Year’s Day Brunch Menu, Bloody Marys & Champagne Cocktails. Jan 1st - Hotel Bocas del Toro Jan. 1st- New years day Hangover breakfast, lunch and dinner 7am-9pm, all day featuring Pino Coladas,Bloody Mary´s and Mimosa´s.


Live Music Mon & Thurs Caribbean-fusion delights on the water, with a full bar Open Mon-Fri at 6pm


Every Saturday from 1 - 8. Lunch served 12-3 and Dinner served 6-9 Tuesday - Sunday, with daily specials. Res: 69494869


Happy hour and live music every Monday at Bubba’s House in Bastimentos Island. Come and discover Paradise!




Delicious grill plate $12, starting 1pm, on the beach $3 taxi from town. Swimming pool, games, Pirate Cocktails. Come play!


Our organics are sourced through several local organic farms and therefore the inventory constantly changes. Regular items include mixed greens, kale, butter lettuce, arugula, herbs, collards, saute mix.


Wrappy Hour, every day, 4-5, 2 wraps = $10 Hot Mama Special on Wednesdays, 1 hot mama, patacone, beer/ soda/water = $8


Looking for a place to worship? Need a place to give thanks with light hearted English speaking Christians? Please join us at the Bocas Marina for Service, snacks and fellowship! Casual dress (we do love our flip flops!) Free water taxi across from Bahia Hotel. December 4th and 18th at 10:30 am. Got questions? Tommy’s your guy! 6914-0014


Daily sunset happy hour starting a 4:30. Sunday evening poker on the deck at 4:30. Two docks now available for our guests. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Open mic every Saturday from 7-11pm. Check out our daily specials on Facebook: “Bocas Business Blah”

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Read the Bocas Breeze on-line: LEER EL BOCAS BREEZE EN EL INTERNET: WWW.THEBOCASBREEZE.COM/ES A Bocas First: Isla Colón Chess Tournament

Shaman from the Putumayo Amazon in Bocas

Having these beautiful 16 pages of full-color greatness in your hands is surely amazing but you are missing out on some of the coolest and up-to-date stories if you are not reading our website: Here’s what you can find this month: Bocas Day! Celebrating 113 Years of Greatness in the Archipelago

Teams from Isla Colón and Changuinola gather for some intellectual stimulation and friendly competition in the park during the Bocas Day celebrations.

Thesi Jaguar Crillo visitó el Genesis House of Creativity para unas buenas y tradicionales ceremonias Ayahuasca.

Over $2400 Raised to Keep Bocas Beautiful Unidos por Bocas, volunteers, local businesses and government collaborated on a Food & Arts Fair with incredible results in an effort to fund 100 new public trash cans. Unidos por Bocas, voluntarios, negocios locales y el gobierno colaboraron en una Feria de Artes y Comida con increíbles resultados en un esfuerzo para poner 100 nuevos cestos de basura.

Traditional dance, modern music and lots of parades to celebrate the founding of the Archipelago. Bailes tradicionales, musica moderna y muchos desfiles para celebrar la fundación del Archipiélago.

Another Great Halloween Party for Children Buena Vista Restaurant played host to the 12th Annual Halloween Party; the first year at their new 3rd street location. Buena Vista fue el anfitrión del 12th Annual Halloween Party (duodécima fiesta annual de Halloween) El primer año en su nueva dirección ubicada en calle 3era.

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The Bocas Cocktail Card

Bocas del Toro has a lot to offer and therefore it tends to attract a variety of people: families, surfers, scuba-divers and even the occasional lush. Even if you’re not much of a drinker; it’s hard not to be surrounded by the beauty

of the islands, such fun interesting people and international cuisine without having the urge to indulge in a well prepared “adult beverage.” Now you can gallivant around town to some of the coolest spots with the best food and cocktails and get a discount at each location. The Cocktail Card is here. That’s right, folks: the Cocktail Card is here! The Cocktail Card! What is the “Cocktail Card?” I thought you’d never ask... The Bocas Cocktail Card is a great way to experience the island! It offers discounts at eleven bars & restaurants that were specifically selected to showcase the best that Bocas has to Cocktails at Raw Fusion

offer in terms of delicious food, relaxing beach settings, fun atmosphere and of course - a few cocktails. For only $10, you receive deals at each of the 11 establishments as well as 10% off tours from Jager Knights Catamaran, Flying Pirates Jungle ATVs and Hello Travel Panama Tours & Shuttles. Your card also includes a map of Bocas Town with each of the 11 locations listed and a suggested route: starting at Paki Point and cruising your way back into town to Skully’s, the Bocas Brewery,

La Tarjeta de Cocteles de Bocas ¡NUEVO!

Bocas del Toro tiene mucho para ofrecer y por ende suele atraer una gran variedad de personas: familias, surfistas, buceadores y hasta el borrachin ocasional. Y aunque no tomes mucho; es difícil no estar rodeado de la belleza de las islas, tanta gente divertida e interesante y la cocina international sin tener el deseo de tomar una “bebida de adulto” bien preparada. Ahora puedes socializar en algunos de los mejores lugares que tiene la mejor comida y cocteles y además conseguir un descuento en cada lugar. La Tarjeta de Cocteles está aquí. ¡Así es amigos: la Tarjeta de Cocteles está aquí! ¡La tarjeta de Cocteles! “¿Qué es la Tarjeta de Cocteles?”Pensé que nunca preguntarías... ¡La Tarjeta de Cocteles de Bocas es una gran manera de sentir la isla! Ofrece descuentos en 11 bares y restaurantes que fueron específicamente selecionados para resaltar lo mejor que tiene Bocas para ofrecer en relación con comida

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Hostel Mamallena, Selina Hostel, Toro Loco Sports Bar, Raw Fusion, Munchies Burger Bar, Buena Vista, Om Cafe and ending at El Ultimo Refugio - receiving up to $3 off at each stop! Cocktail Cards can be purchased at Raw Fusion, which is located on main street beside the ATV rentals. Bottoms up, Bocas! Sip Sip Hooray!

deliciosa, escenarios de playa relajantes, atmosferas divertidas y por supuestounos cuantos cocteles. Por solo $10, recibes ofertas en cada uno de los 11 establecimientos al igual que 10% menos en tours de Jager Knights Catamarán, Flying Pirates, Jungle ATV, Hello Travel Panama Tours & Shuttles. Su tarjeta también incluye un mapa de Bocas Town con cada uno de los 11 lugares listados y una ruta sugerida: Empezando en Paki Point y navegando de vuelta al pueblo a Skully’s, the Bocas Brewery, Hostel Mamallena, Selina Hostel, Toro Loco Sports Bar, Raw Fusion, Munchies Burger Bar, Buena Vista, Om Cafe y terminando en El Ultimo Refugio – ¡Recibiendo hasta $3 de descuento en cada lugar! Las tarjetas de Cocteles se pueden adquirir en Raw Fusion, lo cual queda ubicado en la calle principal al lado de donde alquilan los ATV o cudriciclos. ¡Así que a aprovechar Bocas! Disfruten sus bebidas.


Joseph Archbold: The Power of Food by Nicholas Corea Joseph Archbold left Panama in 2010 to travel, study and cook in the US and Europe, all the while phoning home to Bocas del Toro to see what’s going on with his family and friends. He was also curious as to the evolution of tourism on the islands and of course with his greatest passion: food. “Oh same old, same old,” his friends would respond and Joseph -who had become inspired by gastronomic tourism while living abroad- didn’t really like that response. So he packed up his chef knives and decided to come home and represent Caribbean and Afro-Panamanian cuisine; showcasing traditional Bocas del Toro flavors to the world. “I really believe in the power of food,” Joseph tells me in an interview, smiling as he and his cooks are are doing the

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Gastronomic Tourism Trips made to destinations where the local food and beverages are the main motivating factors for travel.

Joseph Archbold in his new restaurant in Bocas Town: OCTO. Joseph Archbold en su nuevo restaurante: OCTO

thing they love the most. “Food can change everything. It’s a very powerful and positive thing. For me, it’s one of the best ways to get inside a culture of a place. When I travel, the first thing I want to do is taste the flavors of where I’m going. Nowadays, every place that wants to have good tourism, has to have wonderful food. There’s no other way.” The interview was conducted right outside his kitchen and grill on Avenida F, between 4th and 5th street at his new restaurant: Octo. What used to be his grandparent’s house, Joseph has converted into his new laboratory and

theater for inventing and presenting his culinary creations, which are everevolving and inspired by traditional flavors and family recipes. In fact, the name “Octo” comes from he and his mother’s favorite thing to cook: octopus. “I found many different ways to cook octopus from other chefs but never as tender as my mother cooks it, so I was actually showing professional cooks in other countries how to cook octopus like this,” Joseph recalls from his travels while working in different kitchens around the world. We also spoke about Bocas style Caribbean and Afro-Panamanian dishes that have deep Jamaican roots; traditional Bocas staples such as Ron Don, One Pot, Escabeche and Bragadá. Curious about these? Well stay tuned to the Bocas Breeze and you can learn all about these dishes and Chef Joseph’s interpretation of them, but for now- a bit more about the man himself, Chef Joseph Archbold: He was born in Panama City and grew up between Almirante, Bocas Town and Carenero. Joseph started cooking in the family business on Carenero with his mother in the restaurant of the Doña Mara hotel. As he began to mature into a young adult, surfing and partying became less of a priority and he decided cooking was his passion and that he would do all that he could to take it to the highest level. After being a 3 time winner of the Panama Barbeque Fest and recently winning the All-Star Chef Challenge at the 2016 Panama Gastronomica conference, I guess you could say he’s


taken his culinary skills to the highest level. But how did he get there? He studied with Le Cordon Bleu in Panama at La Universidad Interamericana, then took his talents to an internship in Costa Rica and then returned to work at the nicest places in Panama City such as La Posta and Ten Bistro with French chef Fabien Migny. He left for Florida for more studies and kitchen experience (Key West, Miami and Tampa) and then ultimately got to experience authentic Cordon Bleu cuisine in France, where he worked at some well known Bistros and different types of restaurants including some Michelin Stars restaurants like Le Grand Vefour with Chef Guy Martin, one of the oldest and best restaurants in Paris for more than 200 hundred years. Wow. No wonder everything at Octo is so good. A well-traveled Bocas boy, but what still remains his favorite place in the world? You guessed it: right here. “I love this place. I could be anywhere, but I’m here.” Here he is indeed and Joseph’s doing a fine job representing the flavor of Bocas and the power of its food to the people of the world.

Cordon Bleu The world’s largest hospitality education institution, with over 50 schools on five continents serving 20,000 students annually. Its education focus is on hospitality management, culinary arts, and gastronomy.

Joseph Archbold: El Poder de la Comida por Nicholas Corea Joseph A rchbold se fue de Panamá en el 2010 a viajar, estudiar y cocinar en los Estados Unidos y Europa, y siempre llamando a casa en Bocas del Toro para saber que sucedía con su familia y amigos. El también tenía curiosidad sobre la evolución de turismo en las islas y claro con su más grande pasión: la comida: “todo igual por acá,” le decían sus amigos y Joseph- que se inspiró por el turismo gastronomico mientras vivía en el extranjero- en realidad no le gustaba esa respuesta. Así que empacó sus cuchillos de chef y decidió regresar a casa y representar la cocina caribeña y afro-panameña: presentándole los sabores tradicionales de Bocas del Toro al mundo. “Realmente creo el poder de la comida,” Joseph me indica en una entrevista, sonriendo mientras él y sus cocineros hacen lo que más aman. “La comida puede cambiar todo. Es algo muy poderoso y positivo. Para mí, es una de las mejores maneras de entrar en la cultura de un lugar. Cuando yo viajo, lo primero que quiero hacer es probar los sabores de donde voy a ir. Hoy en día, cada lugar que desea tener buen turismo, tiene que tener comida maravillosa. No hay de otra.” La entrevista se llevó a cabo justo

afuera de su cocina y parrilla en avenida F, entre calle cuarta y quinta en su nuevo restaurante: Octo. Lo cual era antes la casa de sus abuelos, Joseph lo ha convertido en su nuevo laboratorio y teatro para inventar y presentar sus creaciones culinarias, los cuales están constantemente evolucionando e inspirados por sabores tradicionales y recetas familiares. Es más el nombre “Octo” viene de lo que a él y a su madre les gusta cocinar más: el pulpo. “Encontré muchas maneras diferentes de cocinar el pulpo de otros chefs pero nunca quedaba tan tierno como el que cocina mi madre, así que yo en realidad le estaba enseñando a cocineros profesionales en otros países como cocinar el pulpo de esta manera,” Joseph recuerda de sus viajes mientras trabajaba en diferentes cocinas alrededor del mundo. También hablamos del estilo caribeño de Bocas y platillos afro-panameños que tienen profundas raíces jamaiquinas; platillos tradicionales esenciales de Bocas como el Ron Don, One Pot, Escabeche y el Bragadá. ¿Te da curiosidad estos platillos? Bueno quédese en sintonía del Bocas Breeze y puedes aprender todo sobre estos platillos y la interpretación que tiene el Chef Joseph de ellos, pero por ahora- un poco más sobre el hombre en si, Chef Joseph

Joseph and his wife Lucy in Paris, France at the ambassador of Switzerland’s house showcasing Panamanian dishes to world courtesy of the Panamanian embassy. Ropa vieja, tamal de holla y ceviche were enjoyed by all. Joseph y su esposa Luca en la casa del embajador de Suiza en Paris, France presentando platillos panameños con orgullo.

Archibold: Él nació en la cuidad de Panama y creció en Almirante, Bocas Town y Carenero. Joseph empezó a cocinar con su madre en el negocio familiar en Carenero en el restaurante del Hotel Doña Mara. Mientras comenzó a madurar en un joven adulto, el surf y la fiesta se convirtieron cada vez en menos prioridad mientras él decidió que cocinar era su pasión y que iba a hacer todo lo que pudiera para llevarlo a su máximo nivel. Después de ser un ganador 3 veces del Panama Barbeque Fest y recientemente ganador del AllStar Chef Challenge en la conferencia Panama Gastronomica 2016. Supongo que se puede decir que llevó sus habilidades culinarias al máximo nivel. ¿Pero como llegó ahí? Él estudió Artes Culinarias y Hospitalidad en La Universidad Interameri-

cana,después se llevó sus talentos a un internado en Costa Rica para después regresar a trabajar en los mejores lugares de la Cuidad de Panama como La Posta y Ten Bistro con el chef Francés Fabian Migny. Luego se fue a Florida para adquirir más estudios y experiencia en la cocina (Key West, Miami, y Tampa) y finalmente pudo probar la cocina francesa autentica de Cordon Bleu en París mientras a su vez podía viajar en Europa probando los varios sabores culturales a su alrededor. Un niño de Bocas que ha viajado mucho. ¿Pero cual es aun su lugar favorito en el mundo? Adivinaste bien: Aquí mismo. “Yo amo este lugar. Pudiera estar en cualquiera parte, pero estoy aquí.” El esta aquí ciertamente y Joseph está haciendo un gran trabajo al representar el sabor de Bocas y el poder de su comida a las personas del mundo.

Joseph with the organizer of Panama Gastronomico Elena Hernandez and judges Fabien Mingy and Luciana Bianchi.

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The Solar biz Empowering People since 1969 One of the first solar company’s in the USA, is not a mega-Corporation, with thousands of employees. Rather, the Solar Biz is truly a modern day American dream that has branched, organic business and offices abroad. The 47 year-young company is still a hands on operation with 2 national office/distribution centers in the US and a Central American hub & distribution center in Bocas del Toro, Panama. This eco-centric company has been em-powering people since 1969, by assisting in thousands of custom designed solar systems. The team’s knowledge and experience in the solar market spans two generations, and they are one of the oldest, and biggest renewable energy distributors around, which allows them to offer better service and present the best possible solutions, suitable products and sys-

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tems, available. The Solar Biz treats all business and customers alike and provides ethical and experienced service to orders from 26,000 panel solar farms worldwide, to single unit indigenous, village huts, on the outer islands of Bocas del Toro. In fact Tom & Barb have a regular, local business with many of the Indigenous Indians of Caribbean Panama, who come directly to their Bocas warehouse dock to purchase 1 or 2 solar panels and batteries to take back to their villages by traditional cayuco. Many of these indigenous villages are living off-grid and have become some of the original eco-villages in the area. Tom, chief product guru, loves to share his wealth of knowledge with the local people, who are thirsty to learn about the modern ways to living a greener life.

The company’s lifelong passion and commitment to renewable energy and green living is evidence all around The Solar Biz self-sustaining New Mexico headquarters. They put their products to the test every day. Their staff’s knowledge comes from the best possible source: extensive personal experience with everything they sell. They know their products beyond the data sheets. They know what works best, and where it will work for you, and your particular needs. “It is not a matter of how much money you spend, rather understanding location, optimum solar output,

product-design set up and connections, that fit your exact needs, which maximize and give longevity to your power system” – Tom Duffy So if you are thinking about going green, and getting off the grid, send an email to the team at The Solar Biz, or feel free to drop them a line, as they are still a company where you can get an experienced design engineer who will take the time to get to know you and your needs. Check out their user friendly website, and renewable energy products at:

For wholesale dealers and customer’s inquire at: Call us toll free at: 1.888.826.0939 Panama office: 507.836.5588 Follow us on Twitter & Facebook & watch for our upcoming Solar Biz Youtube educational channel


El Solar biz, Empoderando a las Personas desde 1969 Una de las primeras compañías solares de los EUA, no es una megacorporación, con miles de trabajadores. En realidad, el Solar Biz es verdaderamente un sueño moderno Americano que se ha ramificado, negocios organicos y oficinas en el extranjero. La joven compañía de 47 años todavía es un proyecto en marcha con 2 centros nacionales de oficina/distribución en los EUA, y un centro en América Central y centros de distribución en Bocas del Toro, Panama. Esta compañía eco-céntrica ha estado em-poderando a las personas desde 1969, al asistir con miles de sistemas solares a la medida. La sabiduría del equipo y su experiencia en el mercado solar alcanza 2 generaciones, y ellos son unos de los más antiguos, y más grandes distribuidores de energía renovable en los alrededores, lo cual les permite ofrecer un mejor servicio y presentar las mejores soluciones, productos apropiados y sistemas disponibles. El Solar Biz trata a todos los negocios y clientes al igual y provee servicio ético y experimentado para pedidos de 26,000 paneles de campos solares en todo el mundo, a unidades individuales de indígenas, chozas de aldeas, e islas apartadas de Bocas del Toro. De hecho, Tom y Barb tiene un negocio regular y local con muchos de los Indios Indígenas del Caribe de Panama, quienes llegan directamente a su bodega en Bocas para comprar un o dos paneles

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solares y baterías para llevar de vuelta a sus aldeas en su tradicional cayuco. Muchas de estas aldeas indígenas están viviendo sin depender de una red y se han convertido en algunas de las originales eco-aldeas del área. Tom, jefe gurú de productos, le encanta compartir su riqueza en conocimiento con la gente local, quienes tienen sed de aprender sobre los métodos modernos de vivir una vida más verde. La pasión de toda una vida y el compromiso de la compañía a la energía renovable y la vida verde es evidencia en todas partes en las oficinas centrales de Solar Biz en Nuevo Méjico. Ellos ponen sus productos a prueba todos los días. El conocimiento de su equipo viene de la mejor fuente posible: una experiencia extensiva y personal con todo lo que venden. Ellos conocen sus productos más aya que las hojas de datos. Ellos saben lo que funciona mejor, y donde le va a funcionar a usted, y sus necesidades particulares. “No se trata de cuanto dinero usted gasta, sino el entendimiento de la ubicación, producción solar optima, coneciones, diseño y montaje del producto, que satisface sus necesidades exactas, lo cual maximiza y le da larga vida a su sistema solar” - Tom Duffy Así que si usted está pensando en vivir verde, y salirse de la red, envíele un e-mail al equipo de Solar Biz, o puede llamarlos con toda confianza, ya que son una compañía en donde puede

Tom and Barb Duffy along side the furry members of the fam. Tom y Barb y sus masacotas.

conseguir un ingeniero de diseño con experiencia que se tomará el tiempo en conocerlo a usted y sus necesidades

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Sustainable tourism

Are You Part of the Problem or the Solution? By Emily Talentino Sustainable travel is all the buzz these days and most people would agree that we all want to be socially responsible, sustainable, and green travelers but what does that really mean? And how do we know if we’re doing more harm than good? Sadly, according to the UN: for every $100 a tourist spends only $5 stays in the local community, which inevitably explains why there is often great disparity between the ex-pats and locals in tourist destinations. However when responsible development and sustainable tourism are done right; it can lead to a win-win for both the travelers and the locals. Sustainable tourism means traveling in a way that takes full account of current and future economic, social, and environmental impacts and addresses the needs of the visitors, host community, and environment. It’s more than just off-setting your carbon footprint or eating local food; it’s a mindset about how you engage and interact with the local community and environment. So whether you’re here

visiting Bocas as you read this right now or are a Bocatoreño planning your next trip, here are a few tips to help ensure you enhance your experience and maximize the benefit to the place where you’re traveling. Chances are this will result in a more meaningful, culturally immersive, and unique adventure!


Eat & stay local This does not mean risking traveler’s diarrhea by eating questionable street meat off a bike grill, but rather enjoying restaurants that serve authentic local food usually at a great value. Try to find restaurants and accommodations that are owned and operated by locals and that employs locals to maximize the dollars that stay in the local community. Bocas restaurant recommendations: Tom’s and Buena Vista on Isla Colon, the community restaurants in Bahia Roja & Bahia Honda, and Alvin & Kecha’s in Old Bank.


Go on locally guided tours The locals who live somewhere will have far more knowledge and insight into the history and culture than anyone else. They can also make great recommendations on what else to see, where to go, and what to eat while you’re here. See page 14 for more information Rutilio Milton’s Bahia Honda Jungle Hike & Cave Tour!


Free dock space for our customers

Now serving Lunch Mon - Sat Dinner 7 days a week

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Give back Find a local nonprofit, orphanage, elderly home or other organization that you can volunteer at or make a donation to. As tourism rises so does the cost of living, thus often creating greater needs. While many families may have been able to support themselves on subsistence farming, fishing and other traditional trades, those ways of living are threatened by increasing costs, larger businesses, and other outside pressures. Bocas community organizations: Floating Doctors, Give & Surf, El Asilo Elderly Home.



Preserve & conserve Natural resources that are taken for granted in developed countries are much more limited in the Bocas archipelago and other developing tourist destinations so limit your water and electricity use. Strive to leave the environment in better condition than when you found it. Follow overall good practices of not littering, respecting the wildlife, not eating or fishing/hunting for endangered species, and minimizing your overall footprint. In Bocas, this means not pulling starfish out of the water, using boat drivers & tour guides that respect the coral reefs, not eating lobster when it’s out of season even if it’s on the menu (lobster ban is March to August), saying no to plastic bags and disposing of trash properly.


Learn the local language, customs and culture Even learning 3 or 4 key phrases will open a whole new world for you and it will make the locals feel like you’re trying so they are more willing to speak with you even if it is in some version of Spanglish. An insider’s version of their home country is far more fascinating than the touristy top picks that make the cut on Trip Advisor.

Turismo Sostenible

¿Eres Parte del Problema o de la Solución? por Emily Talentino Los viajes sostenibles son de lo que se rumora en estos días y la mayoría de las personas estaría de acuerdo que todos queremos ser socialmente responsables, sostenibles, y viajadores ecológicos pero en realidad, ¿Qué significa eso? ¿Cómo podemos saber si estamos haciendo más daño que el bien? Lamentablemente, de acuerdo con la ONU: por cada $100 que gasta un turista solo $5 se queda en la comunidad local, lo cual inevitablemente explica porque muchas veces hay una gran desigualdad entre los expatriados y los locales en destinos turísticos. Ahora cuando el desarrollo responsible y el turismo sostenible se hace de la manera adecuada: puede ser beneficioso para ambas partes, los viajeros y los locales. El Turismo sostenible significa viajar de una manera en que se toma en cuenta en su totalidad los impactos económicos, sociales y del medioambiente de la actualidad y del futuro. Además de encargarse de las necesidades de los visitantes, la comunidad anfitriona, y el medioambiente. Es más que tan solo dejar su huella de carbono o comer comida local; es una mentalidad de como involucrase e interactuar con la comunidad local y el medioambiente. Así que ,ya sea que estás visitando Bocas mientras lees esto ahora mismo o eres un Bocatoreño que está planeando su próximo viaje, aqui hay unos cuantos datos para ayudar a asegurar que puedas mejorar tu experiencia y maximizar el beneficio al lugar donde estás viajando. ¡Es muy probable que esto resulte en una aventura más significativa, de sumersión cultural, y única!

normalmente están a buen valor. Trate de encontrar restaurantes y alojamientos operados por locales y de dueños locales. Lugares que contraten a los locales para de esta manera maximizar los dolares que se quedan en la comunidad local. Recomendaciones de restaurantes de Bocas: Restaurante Tom y Buena Vista en Isla Colon, los restaurantes de las comunidades en Bahia Roja & Bahia Honda, y Alvin & Kecha en Old Bank.


Ve a excursiones guiado por locales: Los locales que viven en algún lugar van a tener mucho más conocimiento y entendimiento de la historia y la cultura que cualquiera otra persona. Cuando esté aquí ellos también pueden darle excelentes recomendaciones sobre lo demás que deben ver, donde ir, y que es lo que ellos comen. ¡Vea la pagina 14 para mas informacion sobre La Caminata de Jungla y Tour de Cueva de Rutilio Milton en Bahia Honda!

la vida están siendo amenazadas por el aumento de costos, negocios más grandes, y otras presiones de afuera. Organizaciones comunitarias de Bocas: Floating Doctors, Give & Surf, El Asilo Elderly Home.


Preserve y conserve: Los recursos naturales que no son apreciados en países desarollados son mucho más limitados en el archipiélago de Bocas y otros destinos turisticos que están en desarrollo, así que limite su uso de agua y electricidad. Trate de dejar el medioambiente en mejores condiciones que cuando lo encontró. Siga buenas prácticas en general como no contaminar, respetar la vida salvaje, no comer o pescar/cazar especies en peligro de extinción, y minimice su huella en general. En Bocas, esto significa no sacar las estrellas de mar del agua,

usar lancheros y guias de tour que respeten el arrecife de coral, no comer langosta si está fuera de temporada aunque esté en el menú (la prohibición de langosta es de marzo a agosto), decirle no a las bolsas de plastico y desechar de la basura apropiadamente.


Aprenda el idioma local, las costumbres y la cultura: Aun solo aprendiendo 3 o 4 frases claves le abrirá todo un mundo nuevo a usted y va a hacer sentir a los locales que usted lo está intentando, de esta manera, estarán más dispuestos a hablar con usted aunque sea en alguna versión de Spanglish. Una versión de adentro sobre su país de origen es mucho más fascinante que los temas principales populares en Trip Advisor.


Devuelve algo: Encuentra un orfanatorio, casa de ancianos, u otra organización sin fines de lucro en la cual puedas ser voluntario o hacerle una donación. Mientras el turismo aumenta también sube el costo de la vida, por ende se crean necesidades aun más grandes. Mientras muchas familias han podido mantenerse a ellos mismos con la subsistencia de granjas, la pesca, y otros comercios tradicionales, estas formas de ganarse


Coma y hospedase localmente: Esto no significa arriesgarse a conseguir una diarrea de viajero al comer carne dudosa de una parilla rodante en la calle, pero más bien disfrutar de restaurantes que sirven comida autentica local que

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ooking for the perfect blend of adventure and sustainable, community based tourism here in Bocas? Well look no further than Rutilio Milton’s Bat Cave Tour on Isla Bastimentos. Rutilio is a Ngöbe commubocas nity leader whose mission is to offer locals and travelers alike an opportunity to understand and explore an area that he calls his home. Rutilio’s tour begins at the community center of Bahía Honda, a building he built himself. Here, Rutilio, his wife, Carmen, and a number of other local women will prepare you a classic Ngöbe meal as well as give a short history lesson about the community itself. Next, you will find yourself in his boat, paddling up a winding mangrove river while Rutilio points out animals including sloths, cayman, and countless others. The real treat here is the quiet - no motors, no city buzz - just the sounds of the jungle. You’ll then arrive at a small Ngöbe farm tucked away at the end of the

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river. Stocked up on headlamps, Rutilio will continue his lesson on the history of the island as you walk deeper into the jungle. With your guide’s keen eyes, you’ll be sure to find a number of plants del toro and animals you might otherwise have missed. My personal favorite was the Devil tree - named so because of the legend of a group of Ngöbe people who made a pact with the devil under its shade. The real adventure starts when you get to the mouth of the cave. Rutilio is the first person to have explored the cave and claims that he feels more at home here than anywhere else outside his farm. Luckily for you, this means he knows the cave better than anyone else. You’ll be sure to see thousands of bats from a number of different species, strange cave-dwelling fish, and a number of creepy crawling insects. Deeper into the cave, Rutilio will point out veins of ancient sea shells trapped within the its walls. Just be sure to watch your head for stalactites!

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This tour is best done on a hot day because there will come a point where you go for a little subterranean swim. If you’ve never had the opportunity to swim through chilly water 90ft below the earth, now is you chance. Also, if you fancy yourself a rock climber, take the left hand path... that’s all I’ll say. Whether you go left or right, Rutilio will ensure that you have amazing time. And to make this an even more


amazing experience, a large portion of the funds make their way back into the community of Bahía Honda.

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Well hello Aries, good fortune abounds for those born under the sign of Aries, and equally so for anyone conceived behind a billboard on Interstate 10. Which, by the way, runs through most of the worst parts of Texas and features more roadside attractions then any other highway in the United States. Although, being an Aries this should be obvious to you. I mean after all, think how many times you compared your personal neuroses to the worlds biggest ball of string.

TAURUS April 20 -- May 20

Your strength is your strength, that means alpha Centauri, your guiding star, as she descends westward provides you with powers greater than you realized you had. Unfortunately they will not be manifested in any form of mental activity but rather physical hard work. So focus on a task that requires both physical strengths and strength of will and watch as what seemed impossible becomes real. This is also a good time to double

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your efforts regarding oral hygiene. Unless you have just recently eaten a corpse or an adult diaper. I’m sure you know what I am referring to. I know you are busy, but please those around you are not gasping due to your unparalleled beauty. Take a hint, pick up the brush. Also, look for groups of three. Could be food or could be people. You’ll know when you see it.

GEMINI May 21 -- June 21

An old memory coupled to an old regret will affect your actions as positively as the three ghosts did visiting Ebenezer Scrooge. Need specifics? No problem, the seven sisters, not an elaborate fantasy by Larry Flynt , and also not just the delineation for a group of women’s oriented universities, but in your case the constellation, will light up the skies and your consciousness this month. Now what to do with your new found awareness? The stars say “take a hike.” That’s metaphor, a trip of any variety, changing venue is more what they have in mind. No need to obsess over where, the sisters will guide you. Remember their wisdom comes from collaboration- something you are not ordinarily used to and therefore find a bit confusing.

NOVEMBER 2016 This column is created and written by John Schneider.

Monthly overview of astrological influence A number of competing theories regarding the creation of the universe, and the heavenly bodies which influence it have recently come to light. I myself am most comfortable with the one put forth by a young woman, who at the time of uttering it was hanging upside down by one leg on a polished brass pole. The establishment of her employ at the time “The Möbius Strip Club,” which by the way featured a sham pain room designed to appear exactly like the principals office when I was in the seventh grade. The room came complete with a matronly woman wearing a polyester skirt and jacket, cats eyes sequin glasses who spent her time belittling your parents for the miserable job they had done raising you. Well as I mentioned she was hanging upside down by one leg and as I realize now we shared a moment of synchronicity as blood rushed to our collective heads. I think her name may have been Schrödinger or kitten. Not certain, however I do remember she was helping her boyfriend with his dissertation on why words beginning with P or F are funny. I think he may have been attending clown college or one of the other major Eastern universities. Anyway, hanging by one leg and circling serpentine style down the pole smiling all the way to the point where her


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head would come in contact with the floor. Okay, here is the theory part: just prior to her head hitting the floor, somewhat more vigorously I’m assuming then she had intended she said “what goes around comes around”, then she passed out. When she came to again, being wheeled out of the place on a stretcher she turned towards me smiling shyly and said, “today’s special, two dry English muffins on a bed of lettuce”. And to this day I have no idea what she was referring to, nor can I look an order of eggs Benedict in the eyes without weeping. What I’m trying to say here is that in the brief moment between consciousness and unconsciousness- a pure epiphany struck the sweet young thing right in the awareness. And that, dear readers is the point, theory, and astrological overview in a nutshell. More simply put, and of course ignoring any sense of quantum mechanics for or against “we are but momentary creatures on this globe, spinning -if you will- down the brass pole of life. To what end? And there is the question. And the answer of course: to accept that whatever external influences may exist, they should in no way detract from your ability to have a good time; and that dear readers means you. In essence, by virtue of being aware, it is your duty, responsibility and hopefully great pleasure to do just that.

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