San Blas Islands

San Blas is the name that the government gave to the area, but since they achieved their autonomy, the name given by the Indians is Kuna Yala or Guna Yala, which means Gunas Mountain. The capital of the region is El Porvenir.

This territory was relatively closed to foreigners until the 1925 revolution. After this year the indigenous people claimed independence from Panama, which gave them the authority to govern the region autonomously. If you visit the San Blas area you are obliged to follow the rules of the Guna Indians.

These islands preserve the ancestral essence of a different world thanks to the Guna culture maintaining their customs and traditions. You will see their women who dress "molas", colored fabrics and striking designs that characterize them, their suit is handmade and is complemented by a series of bracelets and earrings.

The men usually go fishing in their handmade wooden canoes, also called ¨Ulu's¨. The fish and lobster they get are later sold or exchanged for goods on the mainland.

Do not miss the opportunity to interact with the Guna Indians, they are reserved but very friendly.

Type of accommodation
Type of boat
For how many people?
type of experience
6 pax
Ocean Pearl
since 1900
USD /day
/5
5 pax
Tintamare
From 480
USD /day
/5
10 people
La Gitanita
from 900
USD /day
/5
4 pax
Okume
From 450
USD /day
/5
8 pax
Tango
From 700
USD /day
/5
8 pax
Odara
From 450
USD /day
/5
8 pax
Plan B
from 1000
USD /day
/5
4 pax
Cush
from 620
USD /day
/5
6 pax
Gaia
From 550
USD /day
/5
6 pax
Eclectic II
from 900
USD /day
/5

Practical Information

DOCUMENTATION

At the entrance of the Kuna Yala region, the authorities will request the national identity document (for Panamanians) or passport for foreigners with the entry stamp to Panama

HEALTH AND VACCINES

You may need to get the yellow fever vaccine, but that will depend on the country you are traveling from. It is best to check with the health organization you have in your country.

TIME ZONE

GMT-5

ARRIVAL AIRPORTS

Tocumen Airport, Panama City El Porvenir Airport, San Blas Corazón de Jesus Airport, San Blas

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

Latin Spanish

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE

USD$

CLIMATE

Rainy season from May to December Dry season (Aliseos) from December to May

MEDIUM TEMPERATURE

The average annual temperature is 25.4 °C in San Blas

TELEPHONE PREFIX

+507

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