San Blas Islands, Guna Yala, Panama (Google Maps & Photos)

San Blas - a group of 365 islands in the Caribbean coast of Panama. The indigenous Kuna Indians live on only a few dozen islands - as a rule, there are also primitive hotels there. Most of the islands are uninhabited - with excellent landscapes in the "bounty" style, where you can easily imagine yourself as Robinson Crusoe. Shore and seabed: sand, stones.

San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands

The San Blas archipelago is, on the one hand, a resort on the Caribbean coast, where you can enjoy the crystal clear waters and white beaches, and on the other hand, the habitat of the Indians, whose settlements you can see to get acquainted with their life. The rich underwater world of the islands will give you the opportunity to go fishing or just admire the many marine life. The Indian region stretches from the city of Colon in the center of the country to the Panama-Colombian border. The main activities here are diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, ecotourism and ethno-tourism.

San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands

Perhaps you did not know that there are different ways to visit the beautiful Guna Yala Islands, formerly called the San Blas Islands.

1. The private car is an economical option if you have your own 4 × 4 car or if you are among a group of friends and decide to rent a car, in our country there are a variety of car rental companies that you can rent.

But important it must be 4 × 4 the rate ranges between $ 100 and $ 150.00 per car with all insurance. If you have travel insurance or use a credit card, check the benefits you have with each product and you can save yourself paying for car insurance.

San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands

2. Regular transportation of 4 × 4 vehicles with Permits from the Guna General Congress. This is the option that every tour operator offers you, in which the cars have their proper commercial authorization to operate the transfers under the mantle of the Guna general congress.

It is very important to keep in mind that you have the Permission of the Guna General Congress. Since if you choose to take an UBER, TAXI or something similar, you will not be able to pass the Nusagandi Entry Point or the Indigenous Reserve.

All cars begin to look for their guests from approximately 5:00 to 5:45, it has a cost of $ 50 per person, and it is shared between 6 passengers.

If you want something more private, you have the option of taking the totally private car, it has the cost of $ 300.00 (round trip) and they will pick you up at your hotel in a private option.

San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands

3. Plane. If you have the budget and want to travel to the less visited islands, this is definitely the option. But very important this you must book in advance, 3 to 4 months before your arrival to be able to visit the most exotic places on the island such as Yandup Island Lodge in Playon Chico or Akwa Reef in Achutupu.

The costs of the plane range between 150 and 180.00 dollars round trip from the only airline with which Air Panama flies.

4. Helicopter. Yes, you can visit the beautiful islands by helicopter, they leave every day is an option in which you arrive in 30 minutes comfortable, you just have to book your private boat with any operator on the islands or with us.

5. Buses: This is the most adventurous option, but you should be aware that there are no regular buses that travel directly to the Carti pier, Guna Yala.

You can take a bus at the Albrook terminal on the Cañita-Bayano route, Daríen. The cost of the buses is approximately $ 3.00, the buses travel the entire Pan-American highway and you must tell the driver to drop you off at the Texaco del Llano Carti.

San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands

Here another adventure will begin, see which car takes you paying approximately $ 15.00 per person or takes you free to the port. Here the possibilities of finding some available space is a bit of an odyssey, most of the spaces are reserved from Panama City.

6. Catamarans and sailboats: This is a way to visit the most virgin islands of San Blas.

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