I'd like to thank Joe Brown Adventures for providing my 11 year old daughter and I with such a wonderful experience. We had the luck of having Elvis as both, our driver and tour guide. He is very friendly, professional and knowledgeable about the history of San Blas and the indigenous communities. He answered all my questions and in English for my daughter who doesn't speak Spanish. Elvis picked us up around 6am along with 3 otjer tourists, and made a 15 minute stop at a grocery store. He then drove us for 2 hours to our destination of which the last hour was through sceniec mountains with beautiful views.
Before getting to the mountains, he pulled over to let us know that for the next hour, we will be driving through rough roads, with lots of curves, and at high altitudes. He informed us that when you are not used to it, you may experience some sickness, in which case, to please let him know immediately so that he can find a safe spot to pull over. My daughter was asleep during the whole drive so she didn't experience any discomfort. The road had many potholes so it was a very bumpy ride, and I was grateful that Elvis knew the road well and went around the potholes as much as possible but some where simply unavoidable. I live in Texas, which is flat so yes, I did feel dizzy/nauseous once we reached the highest altitudes but I was able to manage it by pointing the Air Conditioner's vent directly to my face, closed my eyes and breath calmly. That truly helped and before I knew it we reached our destination.
We transferred on to a speed boat along with Elvis and 3 native men who operated the boat as a team and who were also very courteous and helpful with our bags and helping us on and off the boat. The boat ride was smooth, relaxing, and didn't get wet, which I didn't expect because I had read someone else's review that had said the opposite. For a smoother and dry boat ride, here is a tip, try to sit in the middle rows and close to the center so that you don't get splattered. On the way to the 1st island we passed by some small islands populated by the indigenous people and Elvis made sure to educate us about them. The 1st island was the beautiful "Perro Grande Island" and Elvis shared with my daughter a funny story about how it got that name. The second island had more tourists because it has a restaurant and bathrooms but by the time we finished eating there weren't that many people left. My daughter and I are vegetarians so we had the vegetarian plate which had LARGE portions of tasty white rice with a sweet hint of coconut harvested on the island, a cabbage, lettuce and carrot salad that we accompanied with lime and salt, and some tostones (fried plantains.) They have condimemts, sodas, water, fresh coconut water in the coconut. All in all, it was a delicious and filling meal. The final stop was at what they call the "Natural Pool" OH MY GOD, THAT PLACE IS MAGNIFICENT! I'll let Elvis or your tour guide tell you the story of how it came about but the point is that this is an island that is under water so the sand absorbs the heat and the water on it is warm. We spotted the biggest starfish I have ever seen in my life. We spent the whole time Snorkeling in all 3 islands because the fish down there were so pretty, and the water was so clear that we did not want to come out. When I got home, I realized my whole backside was sunburned while my whole front was still pale hahahaha! In conclusion, YES, I recommend this tour with Joe Brown Adventures :)
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