I’m going to be writing a series of short blogs to introduce you to some of the Bocas people – for better or for worse. With b í k u, we want to give you a unique experience, a boutique experience. To us, and hopefully to you, that means meeting the Bocas beyond the beaches.
The people of Bocas is what makes the place so special. They create the vibrancy, the colour – and the craziness! Like any place, Bocas has its good, its bad and even its ugly! I want to share with you some of the local flavour – snippets of its everyday people. There is only so much that can be described with words – you’ll have to experience the rest when you come and stay in our b í k u treehouses.
In this first instalment I want to introduce you to Sergio. Like Cher and Prince, he needs no second name!
Sergio is in my opinion the essence of Bocas del Toro; he has a character like no other! I have known Sergio since forever, and can’t remember Bocas without him. As you can see from the main picture, like a true Bocas man, he knows how to stay out of the sun and not get burnt. The photo was taken on our recent March trip to Bocas when we went on a private Pepe Tour – I’d highly recommend it.
Sergio works for Pepe Tours, in Almirante – as a general boatman. The story of Sergio is one of ups and downs – like many people in Bocas – but he now has the opportunity to turn his life around in a positive way by working with Pepe and showing travellers his beautiful Bocas.
Sergio – and people like Sergio – are one of the main reasons for us starting b í k u. I want to help empower people like Sergio as well as the young generation that are coming up, to show them that even though we may come from a small little town, on a tiny little speck of this world, we can still do big things and should not stop dreaming big.
We are not defined by our circumstance.
Until the next time – #slothlife
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