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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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