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San Blas, Panama

Our trip to the past

sunny 29 °C

Archipelago San Blas is located on the Caribbean coast of Panama. San Blas consists of 378 islands, but only 49 of them are inhabited by independent Kuna Yala Indians.


You can get from Panama City to archipelago San Blas by plane - the trip will take only about 20 minutes. Or you can go by car - like we did.

It's just 2 hours by car from the city, but be ready that half of this time you will spend on twisting mountain road. So if you have a seasickness (like me - Zoe), this road will be a little nightmare for you. But you will forget everything immediately when you arrive.

Suddenly you appear in the past as if you have arrived there on a time machine…

The Kuna Yala Indians have their own world there, autonomous, with its own economy, culture, customs and traditions.


Imagine a small island in the middle of the beautiful caribbean sea with wooden huts on it. No TV, no internet, no traffic… Yes, it's hard to believe, but there is still a place on earth like this!!!

So don't be very surprised when you will see 2 women in traditional bright dresses sailing with canoe from their island to the neighbor island… Don't try to pinch yourself - you are not going to wake up, 'cause it's not a dream! And it's even not a movie. Kuna Yala are real. They live here and now, but at the same time - several centuries ago :)

Ok, let's go back to our couple travelling to San Blas. When we entered the zone, we had to pay a fee - $6. When we reached the coast, we left the car there and took the boat. It was just 1 day trip, so we decided to go to the closest island - Isla Aguja ("Needle Island"). The boat trip took just 15 minutes and costed $10 per person for round trip.


Isla Aguja is a tiny island which got its name from the "needle-fish" that lives in these waters. What is a "needle-fish" and how it looks like, we don't know. We just believed in what our boat sailor said to us.

To enter the island we also had to pay - $5 per person.


This island is a little piece of paradise on earth. The ideal surface of the sea, palm trees bent over the water… Sky with surreal snow-white clouds… Peace and quiet. We took the chairs and fell asleep for a while, watching this paradise in the shade of palm trees.



There are several indian huts on the island, which you can rent and stay on the island, playing Robinson Crusoe. But we haven't dared at it :) So we chose fresh lobsters, indian woman cooked them for us, we had a wonderful dinner, and sailed back to the place where we left our car, and went home.


So we advise you not to wait. Put your things to a backpack, don't forget your camera and a good insect repellent, get your time machine and go to San Blas. And hurry up, because this trip you will never forget.

Posted by coupltravl 13:44 Archived in Panama Tagged landscapes beaches boats travel indian indians panama america couple travelling canoe central_america kuna_yala san_blas kuna couple_travelling

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