Nature Conservation2018-08-29T20:54:32+00:00


The Beauty of Island Life

400-acres of pure rainforest. A privileged location at the boundary of the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park. At Isla Palenque we are truly privileged to be immersed in Mother Nature at its most pristine.

Everyday we do our best to keep it that way.

As Nature Intended

Protecting our Flora & Fauna
Sustaining the Land

We’re “feel-good” developers

Do you know that the right kind of development can sustain land instead of depleting it?

Once upon a time, the farmers who lived here were accustomed to cutting down old-growth trees, eating endangered animals, and raising pigs and cows that erode the soil. Fast forward to today, environmental experts confirm that the island will get healthier with our development.

For construction, we use exclusively sustainable hardwood sources and rapidly renewable material to avoid deforestation. We’re also working to educate and train local workers in sustainable farming practices that enable them to provide for their families without the need for deforestation.

Furniture with Philosophy

Hand-made in our Taller Ciego wood-shop

We like our furnishings and resort style to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. That’s why we use plenty of wood. Our on-site wood shop is always busy turning out everything from trail markers to guide Isla Palenque explorers through our 220-acre nature reserve to chairs, tables, bar tops, headboards and more. We’re not fans of deforestation though.

The wood we’ve used for furniture came primarily from the victims of a “ten-year storm” that rocked Isla Palenque in 2012. Ten big trees came to the wood shop though a single night of extreme weather. Additional wood came from other island trees that had fallen a few years before, as well as driftwood recovered from our beaches. We also use Colombian guadua bamboo which is very fast growing and sustainable.

Volunteer Reforestation Program

Leave your mark on Isla Palenque

At Isla Palenque, we invite all of our guests to contribute to our reforestation program by transplanting a primary rainforest seedling to an area of secondary growth. We’ll teach you all about your chosen tree and its role in the ecosystem, and make sure to nurture it for years to come.

Clean & Pristine

Keeping everything spotless from our beaches, right back to Boca Chica

Every month our staff volunteers to help clean up Boca Chica’s public dock and beaches, the snorkelling and island hopping area of Bolaños and Gamez, and the surrounding town. We encourage the locals to get involved too, educating them on the importance of waste management, recycling and the avoidance of plastic. With the Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park at our doorstep, it’s even more vital to get things right for the health of this ecosystem.

At one with Nature

“As soon as you step onto the island, it’s clear that the developer made a conscious effort to blend the resort into the natural setting of the island. The architecture is a perfect match for the surroundings, and gives the resort an overall feeling of belonging to the island. Whether you’re relaxing in your room, hanging out by the pool, or dining under at Las Rocas, you are immersed in all that is Isla Palenque.”

– Nick, Colorado