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Xalaja tourist center hosts grand opening E-mail
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 Xalaja tourist center hosts grand opening

 Xalaja Marina, Hotel and Spanish School's Iliana hosted a grand opening of their new tourist information bureau this past Friday with a commendable attendance of boaters, local officials and tourist representatives.

Titi and Iliana

  Iliana told the gathering that Xalaja's intent is to be more than an information center ... providing tourist information as well as local knowledge about services, health care facilities, boaters' resources and to promote a new opportunity for visiting private reservation areas previously inaccessible to eco-tour groups.

Panama introduces new immigration laws E-mail
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Panama introduces new immigration laws 


Prior to May 22, 2007 Panama's immigration laws allowed visitors 90 days upon entry to Panama with an
extension of an additional 90 days, for a total of 180 days. Upon completion of 180 days one would be required to leave Panama for 72 hours, most cruisers crossing the border to Costa Rica for a few days then returning to start the process over again.

On May 22, 2007 the Panamanian congress signed into law a new Immigration Law.
Happy Birthday, Don Chiqui! E-mail
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Happy Birthday, Don Chiqui! 

DON CHIQUI -- birthday Friday June 22
Chiqui, long-time owner of Tienda Reed and a great resource for Rio Dulce boaters, is celebrating his birthday today.

Stop by and wish him a good one!

Places and Faces - Sundog Cafe E-mail
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Sundog Cafe Has European Flavor!

Yes, it really is a cafe, with great coffee and desserts.

Sundog Cafe
  Jurian and Babette didn't have enough to do with just chartering  the trimaran THAT, so they took on a greater challenge, and are we glad they did. You can always find something homemade and unusual on the special board, and the fresh bread is undoubtedly the best on the river.
  Located in Turicentro Las Brisas, the Sundog features healthy choices Wednesday through Sunday.  (closed Monday & Tuesday) . 
  If you are a vegan, this is your kind of place, but meat eaters also get treated right.   Opening at noon, goes on until late, so if you find yourself in town after dark, you're guaranteed a good watering hole with an international mix of customers. 

Honduras won't extend boaters' passports E-mail
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Honduras won't extend boaters' passports 

 Honduran officials will no longer extend passports at the border, according to Jeff Boone at the Crow's Nest.
   Boone, who has been operating a passport renewal service for boaters for years, says he canImage no longer take passports to the Honduran border for renewal.
  Boaters must now take their passports to Belize or Mexico (or any other country outside the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4).
  In June 2006, Guatemala entered the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4).    Under the terms of this agreement, tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border Immigration checkpoints. 

El Relleno plans 4th of July dinghy race, party E-mail
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Don Diego del Rio
They're going to do it AGAIN!
    Great Scott Productions announces that El Relleno Marina will host its 4th dinghy race  beginning at 4 p.m. July 4. The second to the last party will follow.
   International entries from as far as Seha, Bonaire, and Seneca are expected to participate along with drivers from England and Florida.
   El Relleno defending champion Jean Claude Van Dame will face off with William of Tell, Mr. Ed and La Vida Feliz Richard, among many others.
   The racing committee has been hearing complaints about Wild Willie who allegedly:
   -- Used an illegal dinghy paddle in the third race.
   -- Threw water balloons at other racers after he was no longer a contender.
   -- Wore a Hawaiian shirt in a Caribbean dinghy race.
   Willie may be fired from the Little Humper Race Team.
   Great Scott productions has whined that they're spending hundreds of centavos on racing and haven't received a trophy."We must make a change for Little Humper's reputation," a spokesman noted.
   A two race deal is pending between Great Scott Racing Team and famous local race driver Don Diego who is familiar with the local course, water and conditions.
  "He's the man to bring home the trophy for us. Diego is fearless and a winner!" the spokesman affirmed.
   Rio Dulce experts on everything at Bruno's say there's no way Little Humper can win since "Willie obviously has his mind on other things."

Xalaja tourist information center grand opening Friday E-mail
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Xalaja Island will host a grand opening for its new tourist information center at 4 p.m. Friday, June 22.
  The tourist information center is located at Turicentro "Las Brisas" about 50 meters from the bridge near Sundog Cafe, Crows Nest and Rio Bravo Pizza.
  Visitors are encouraged to come by and learn about the beautiful "hidden paradises" in the Rio Dulce area which they'll love to visit.
  Xalaja Island includes a marina, hotel and Spanish school.

Rio Dulce's rainy season begins E-mail
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gecko anchor  The rainy season on the Rio Dulce has officially begun.   It was noticed by many lately that the river was very low, much more so than usual. 
  This is, of course, only obvious when one is climbing out of a boat that is at a dock.  On the hook, hard to notice. 
  We are grateful for the slightly cooler nights, pleasant mornings, and everything getting green again.  
  For newcomers, June & July is the time when we get an occasional ' biama".   This local term applies to those strong storms that come from the south, usually late in the afternoon, or after dark.  They generally bring winds of 40 mph, lots of rain, and at least once in my memory, HAIL.  The good news is, they don't last long.  They are something like a microburst, and may hit one side of the river, but not the other.....just a Mother Nature event.  
  If you see one coming while you are away from your boat, stay put until it passes, even IF your hatches were left open.   Being in a small dinghy with a biama  is just not a good idea.

Keep safe, it's a jungle out there.

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