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Morro Island Historic Treks

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Guided Tour information

  • Tickets: must be reserved in advance
  • Start location: Agua Sol Villa Lodge
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Tour Time: 2 1/2  hours  must be timed with the Tide level to cross the beach
  • Price: $12 PP   min: 2 persons  max: 10
  • What to bring: Sandals or shoes, Shorts, hat,  Camera, light te shirt, swim suite, towel
  • Difficulty: medium climbing, walking on shore, walking thru brush, climbing rocks,
  • Age: minium 6 years and up
  • Nature: mostly green tree and few flowers
  • Wild life: Green/black Frogs, lizards, butter files, many sea birds
  • Comfort: Shaded heat, light wind, total quite nature, ocean sound on rocks
  • Take a swim after hike on the beach
  • Options: Water, refreshment, breakfast, Lunch, dinner, Ocean Rock Cafe, menu selection

Morro Island  Tour

Taboga to Morro takes several hours.  It is necessary to leave Taboga when the tide is low and the sand bar is exposed. It is best to explore the lower flat area where you can see foundation of Pacific Steam Ship company and Large Anchor, foundation of other boat works, many Iron structure of ships and parts of ships, ramps.  Walk along the rocks along the waters edge to the far end of the Island  A short way up the mountains side 2/3 the distance of the island is a small grave yard with headstones of

and climb through the brush to find the site of several grave sites.  Continue  up to the island ridge and on to the end of the island.

On returning  you have too options one along the water over some very large rocks.  the other rout is up the island ridge where you will see more monuments, stone stairs, other remains, and will descend on stone stairways past the Iron remains of water tank then to the flats.  The edge of the flat area has a stone wall along most of its edge. also, Remains of Pacific Steamship Company foundation can be found here. Keep a look out for old bottles, bits of China and six large anchors.

Isla Morro and Isla Taboga have shared a long history side by side. The Islas Taboga group consists of ten main islands and dozens of smaller ones 20km (12 miles) south of Panama City. The largest, Isla Taboga is  571 hectares but has a rich history. Isla Morro is connected to Taboga during low tide and is about one square hectare.

For several hundred years, travelers crossing Panama heading to the west coasts of north or south America used Taboga Island and Morro as a safe haven to stay until a ship was leaving for their destination. To service the travelers a number of companies, mostly British and a few Dutch, provided services on the “Morroón” (Isla Morro), including a small theater. There was a shipyard with engineers to maintain the boats.

El Morro played an important role in world shipping. The Pacific Steamship Navigation Company of England, which had ships steaming between England and the Pacific ports of South America, extended its route to include Panama. Aware of the abundance of supplies, drinkable water, and general healthy conditions on the island, the company purchased El Morro around 1840. They built workshops, a ship repair facility, supply stores and a coaling station and brought over Irish crews to work in the supply base. The Pacific Steamship Navigation Company consisted of a fleet of twelve vessels used to transport passengers and cargo between Valparaiso, Chile and Isla Taboga.

The completion of the Panama railroad in the middle 1850’s put Pacific Steamship Navigation Company out of business. It was at about this time, too, that the ‘49 ers’ discovered the healthy aspects of Taboga, thousands of the adventurers spent time in boarding houses there, later to head for the California Gold Rush.

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