With confidence I nominate my #BookingHero for @bookingcom's #contest: the owner of Agaseke Lodge in Boquete. An extraordinary story, and no, not a romance.
The fact that she is part of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous tribe and left her village to support her family by running a hostel, already amazed me at start. During beers with fellow travelers (the vibe at the hostel was the most positive I experienced) I got acquainted with her as well, eager to learn about her culture.
Then she offered me to visit her family, far away in Panama's remote and deep jungle. Wow! The journey - an adventure itself: hours on a small wooden boat to a rustic village somewhere in the rainforest. I was the first foreigner to ever visit!
No internet, electricity or running water (wonder how good this place would score on @bookingcom😁). The villagers welcomed me smilingly. Her family prepared self-farmed dishes, took me fishing, showed me a ritual pig-slaughtering (won't post that here) and ritual dances.
One night, another boatman offered me to "see some wildlife" (the crocodile skins in his home already frowned me). When he spotted a large crocodile, I was excited. But when he actually steered his boat towards the animal and asked me to climb in one of the trees I was... nervous.
There I hang, at night, in the middle of remote rainforest, shining light on a tribal man trying to catch a crocodile with a harpoon.
The man had his own way to thank for the help: he gave me a baby crocodile which "I could take back to Europe". I figured I better shouldn't tell him about airportsecurity and customs... I secretly released the little alligator the next day🐊😁. @bookingcom, change the "Breakfast Included" label to "Remote tribal jungle experience included" for this one:)🌍♥