Isla Bastimentos Panama And Illness When Traveling

Isla Bastimentos Panama

And Illness When Traveling

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – Feeling tired and unwell on our arrival

Illness When Traveling

I wake today on Isla Bastimentos Panama and I am feeling really ill. I have a nasty cold and quite a fever and messages on Facebook are coming thick and fast. People start getting concerned I have malaria, but it really is just a cold. We had taken the advice of local luxury travel experts very seriously and protected ourselves from the possibility of developing serious infections during this single parent travel. The cold should be gone in a couple of days before we proceed with our family travel.

I have a bit of a laze around on the front deck of Tio Tom Guesthouse. I am rather travel-fatigued, and Isla Bastimentos is just the place to recuperate.

Watching The World Go By

My son enjoys playing out the window and talking to the local kids.

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – Peek A Boo – Explorason enjoys watching the world go by

I feel like I should be doing something. So we get some tips from Ina and Tom the Guesthouse owners about where to go and what to see. We love the fact that when we arrive at destinations we are given good advice.

Organic Chocolate

Firstly, we are told that the organic chocolate ‘Up the Hill’ (really named La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm) is the place to visit. So we head on up for a walk up the hill to ‘Up The Hill’.

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – Heading Up The Hill for organic chocolate

As we head to ‘Up the Hill’ we find out it is further than we planned because of the winding paths.

Red Frogs

Isla Bastimentos Panama is famous for little Red Frogs.  Our walk is rather stunning because it’s overgrown and quite pretty, and we, therefore, hunt for Red Frogs along the way.

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – Nice shaded walk

By the time we get to ‘Up the Hill’, I feel awful because my temperature is spiking. So we quickly down a couple of cool organic ice chocolates and I have a rest in the shade.

We pass a lady reading the Daily Bread. A bible devotional book and we talk to her about her Christian faith and we feel encouraged.

Gift Buying

”Up The Hill has some great gifts to purchase and as it is my birthday this week, my son is keen to give something to me.  Explorason secretly buys me a couple of birthday gifts. My birthday is in a couple of days I realize – how did it get here that fast?

We had planned this trip so we could be somewhere a bit exotic by this special celebration and our first birthday away on our world trip.

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – Enjoying an iced organic chocolate milkshake

Frog Spotting

We head back down the hill and spy a tiny Red Frog. Yeah – it is no bigger than an Australian 50 cent coin and it is spotted. this is great for our world school experiences and we discuss frogs for a while as we walk.

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – Red Frog

We also ‘spot’ some interesting fungi along the way and have a world schooling lesson.

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – worldschooling


So we head back to Tip Tom’s Guesthouse for another rest. The hammocks over the water are just the best place to go relax suspended over the salty liquid below. I try to read about Isla Bastimentos and the island area.

My son loves the hammocks and he swings so high and has quite a laugh.  I notice how happy he is on this island and also even just getting here.


©Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason loves the hammocks

It really is just a lazy day and we don’t have them often but with travel fatigue, it is important to stop and rest.

Cold Showers

The showers here are only cold and we find that is common in much of Central America. I duck in and out of the room extremely fast, but they are refreshing as I try to cool my body down.

In the end, I have 5 cold showers to try to get my fever down.

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – happy boy playing and relaxing over the water

Local Life

Whether ill or not ill, my son still needs feeding and this is the draw-back of single parenthood.

Therefore, early that evening we head back through the island town square seeing a restaurant. The kids are out playing and it is great to hear their accents – so Jamaican sounding we feel but that is probably that Caribbean influence? The local kids are kicking a ball, playing drums, and riding bikes and loving their outdoor life.

Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – Town life is relaxed with a lot of children


We walk on over the hill on Isla Bastimentos to a local restaurant. Here we enjoy a fabulous dinner and talk with fellow travelers who tell us about another single travel Mum who writes a blog.  I actually USED to read her blogs before we set out on our own world trip.


As the sun sets on the steps of the restaurant and onto the waters beyond, we enjoy a really nice night meeting new people.

We realize we have met some wonderful travelers already on this trip and enjoyed a wonderful and simple night.


We will go to a different island tomorrow. I can’t wait! Read on to discover where and why.

Red Frog Beach, Isla Bastimentos, Panama

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Isla Bastimentos

©Exploramum and Explorason – beautiful orange sky over the water

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