San Blas Islands
The San Blas islands are a group of islands in the archipelago de San Blas, located in the Northwest of Panama facing the Caribbean Sea. There are 378 islands within the San Blas archipelago and they are scattered around in an area of about 100 square miles. If you leave the Golfo de San Blas
by boat you will enter the Caribbean Sea. Most of the 378 islands have no inhabitants, but on the major islands you will find the gentile native people known as the Kuna's. Some of larger inhabited Islands are; Aguja Island, Guanidup Island, Chichimei, Yandup Island and El Porvenir.
The San Blas Islands are the most beautiful vacation islands
in Panama an probably in Central America. The Islands are still undiscovered and pristine because the tourism industry is in control of the native Kuna's. They protect their lands against massive tourism so their lands stay healthy and beautiful. This makes the San Blas unique if you are searching for untouched nature and culture. The most common way to get around in the San Blas archipelago is by boat
but you can also fly to one of the airports on El Porvenir, Playon Chico, Achutupu, Ogobsucum or Corazon de Jesus. Driving to Guna Yala is also a possibility; you will have to take a 4x4 jeep from Panama City to Carti.
Reviews of the San Blas island
Quoted from the Lonely Planet travel guide;
"Imagine a turquoise archipelago with one island for every day of the year. With white sand and waving palms, these Caribbean islands cheat no one's version of Paradise. San Blas is Home to the Kuna, an autonomous indigenous group who run San Blas with minimal interference from the national government."
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Travel Agency in San Blas
Travelling with San Blas Experience is the best solution to visit the Islands. They can offer you an overnight stay in rooms, cabins, tent (camping), various tours and daytrips on different Islands such as Porvenir, Franklin, Nadi, Kikirdub, Asuelo and more. The agency services are in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and of course in the Guna language. The company has been doing business in San Blas for a long time.
Visit the website.
The native inhabitants
The native people
living on the islands of San Blas call themselves the Kuna's
. The district/region in Panama where you can meet the native inhabitants is named officially Guna Yala
or Kuna Yala. The Kuna's are community of proud people that have their own laws, norms and values that go with their culture, which is by the way totally different than the traditional Panamanian culture. Since the last headcount of all the Kuna Indians an estimated 300.000 live in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, only 50.000 live on the San Blas Islands. When you visit the San Blas Islands don't forget to try some of the traditional Kuna food
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