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Guna Yala Panama

The former San Blas islands are without a doubt the most beautiful destination in Panama. The islands, some 360 in total, are inhabited by the Guna Indians. This tribe still lives entirely according to ancient traditions. Guna Yala is an autonomous region within Panama. Their leader, the Sahila, is both their political and spiritual leader. At San Blas, you’ll have the unique opportunity to learn more about the ancient Kuna culture.

  • Two tours per day
  • All meals
  • Kuna Yala Indians
  • Domestic flights
  • Island tax ($10 p.p.)

Exploring underwater world of San Blas

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Exploring underwater world of San Blas

When you dive into the ocean from San Blas, you enter a beautiful underwater world full of colorful tropical fish, octopus, lobsters, starfish, and rays. You can even find anemones with anemone fish / clownfish and small pieces of coral here! Diving is prohibited here, but snorkeling and swimming is allowed everywhere. When you go on a tour, everything you need for snorkeling, fishing and surfing is available. A motor boat can drop you off on different islands, so you can explore the best underwater spots.

Program and tours

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Program and tours

Day 1: Around 6 o’clock in the morning you will fly to the San Blas Islands in about 55 minutes. Upon arrival, a motor boat takes you to Yandup Island in about 10 minutes. This island is surrounded by coral reefs and has a small white sandy beach with crystal clear, blue water. You will stay at the PlayĆ³n Chico community and besides the 8 simple cabanas built in Guna style, the island is uninhabited. On this first day, you will do two tours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The exact activities depend on the weather and on your wishes. Furthermore, you can enjoy the beautiful views, take a swim or relax in one of the hammocks.

Day 2: Today you can participate in one of the tours by the lodge and learn more about the Guna culture. In addition, you can, of course, swim, snorkel and enjoy the island life.

Day 3: Early in the morning you will leave for the boat transfer to the airport in Playon Chico. At 7 o’clock in the morning, you will fly back to Panama City.

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Frans and Lindy

Beautiful islands! The excursions were very nice and the food was excellent, but sometimes portions were limited (nothing grows on the island). The mosquito nets do need to get replaced. All in all, do not expect luxury, but a truly special experience!

Tip from Linda:

Tip from Linda:

A stay on the Guna Yala islands is absolutely unique. Do not expect luxury: you go back to basic in paradise. There is no hot water, but fortunately, you do not need that with the wonderful temperatures. All ingredients for the meals are flown in, so there is not much variation. Do look around you however, it is almost impossible not to enjoy the beauty and simplicity of life on these islands!

What can you see on the San Blas islands?

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Great hiking and birdwatching in El Valle de Anton
The picturesque village of El Valle de Anton is located in one of the largest volcano craters in the world and one of the best places for hiking in Panama! This unique location makes it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Panama City. Here you are surrounded by lush jungle and it's a great place to hike and to do some birdwatching.
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Bird watching in Soberania National Park
Less than an hour from Panama City you find the Soberania National Park, the absolute place for bird watching in Panama. This rainforest is a true biodiversity 'hot spot' and you can spot over 500 bird species in total (not all at once unfortunately...!). This unique flora and fauna has been created by primary and secondary rainforest, marshes and streams and is a true birdlover's paradise!
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Discover the highlights of Panama City
Panama City is a great destination to either start or ends your trip in Panama. The city is famous for the Canal, but there's so much more! The city has really developed into a modern metropole, but kept its charm as well, which is to be seen and felt in the old part of town, 'Casco Viejo'. In addition, jungle and beaches are only a stone's throw away. Have fun exploring the highlights of Panama City!

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