Heliconia flower (H. walkeriana) wild, in The Ngobe Bugle Indian Village Of Salt Creek Near Bocas Del Toro Panama. Salt Creek (in Spanish: Quebrada Sal) is a Ngöbe Buglé village located on the southeastern end of Bastimentos island, in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Province and District of Panama.
The community consists of about 60 houses, an elementary school, handcrafts and general stores. The villagers depend mostly on their canoes for fishing and transportation although the village is slowly developing together with the whole archipelago.
Between the Caribbean Sea, with its mangroves, coral reefs, and paradisiacal islands, and the dense humid tropical forest of Bastimentos Island, lies the Ngobe community known as Salt Creek (Quebrada Sal).
Here, the local organization ALIATUR (Salt Creek Tourism Alliance) has created a project so that visitors to the Bocas del Toro Archipelago can get to know the culture of this indigenous community, its artisan crafts, its dances, and its stories.
Actions taken to promote environmental or social sustainability
Four hiking trails in the surrounding forests allow the tourist to appreciate the rich fauna and flora of the region. Lodging and typical local food are offered for whoever wishes to visit for one or more days in the community.
In case this isn´t enough, the community´s proximity to the Bastimentos National Marine Park allows tourists to pay a quick visit to the marvelous Zapatilla Cays and to enjoy its beaches, coral reefs, and trail.