Without a doubt the best preserved of all of the indigenous cultures of the Americas is the Kuna. The Kuna people are so determined to protect their heritage that they have maintained their autonomy. In Kuna Yala (the land of the Kuna), known to the rest of the world as the San Blas Islands, an indigenous independent Congress still rules. Comprised by some 365 islands, less than 60 of them are inhabited. Turquoise waters surround white-sand beaches dotted with palm trees and thatched-roof Kuna villages.
Single Sup $100
Prices are based on double occupancy.
7% tax not included
Must book in conjunction with a cruise.
Departs daily upon request
San Blas Islands
Your home base on this cruise extension is Yandup Lodge, owned and operated by a Kuna family where the accommodations are basic but comfortable in traditional Kuna-style huts.
Day 1 - Arrive Yandup - Beach, Snorkeling, Culture & Rainforest
Early this morning you are picked up at the lobby of our hotel and transferred to Albrook Airport. Depart by small plane to San Blas and arrive at Playon Chico where a representative of Yandup Lodge will meet you. Yandup Lodge is located about 15 minutes from the airstrip via dugout canoe in the center of the Kuna Yala reserve. A half mile from the Ukupseni community or Playón Chico and just under a mile from the tropical forest and the airport, Yandup is a paradise island that has its own little beach and is surrounded by coral reefs and calm, crystal clear water. Yandup belongs to a small archipelago, where you can even go swimming from one island to the other, crossing channels of various depths. Owned and operated by a Kuna family, the accommodations are basic but comfortable in traditional Kuna-style huts with cozy beds, ceiling fan, private bathrooms and a hammock on the front porch. Family-style meals are served in the dining room overlooking the Caribbean. There is no hot water on the island. Electricity from solar panels is available 24 hours at 110V and small generators provide even larger electricity voltage.
After settling in and having breakfast, choose to visit beautiful islands where you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and relax on the beach or to hike in the dense tropical forest to a nearby waterfall where you might take a refreshing swim. Here you can observe varied vegetation, including some agricultural forest farms. Return to the lodge to relax at one of the hammocks before having lunch. In the afternoon you will have more tour options followed by dinner.Accommodations:
Yandup LodgeIncluded Meals:
breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 2 - Exploration in San Blas
Your choice of excursions continues, with options such as more snorkeling, beach time, rainforest walks, sailing around the island in a typical Kuna dug-out canoe or sailing in a boat through mangroves near the island to an area that seems like a natural swimming pool due to the clear water and the fact that it’s surrounded by islands and coral reefs. You can opt to visit neighboring Kuna villages to learn about the Kuna way of life and their traditional ceremonies, and stop by a traditional cemetery or arts and crafts market. Visit the communal house of “Sahilas” (Kuna chiefs) where decisions in favor of the community are made, advice on all aspects of life is offered and the local laws are enforced. Learn about the construction of the typical Kuna house, the economy, the traditional “mola,” and the processing of sugar cane into the local drink.Accommodations:
Yandup LodgeIncluded Meals:
breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 - Return to Panama City
After breakfast take the short ride aboard a dugout canoe to the airstrip to board the plane back to Panama City. You will be met and transferred to your hotel upon arrival.Accommodations:
Extend Your Trip:
Call AdventureSmith Explorations about the possibilities of combining trips on one of our Panama or Costa Rica expedition cruises.
The San Blas & Kuna Indians trip is designed to be a trip extension and may only be booked in conjunction with our Panama small ship cruises, our longer Panama tours or as part of a custom Panama tour. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
All lodging, land, air and water transportation as specified, all airport/hotel transfers when arriving and departing on the stated arrival and departure dates of the group, meals as specified in the itinerary, one bottle of water per meal, hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking unless otherwise specified, lcoal guide services, 2 excursions per day.
Airfare to Panama, Panama City hotel, excess baggage charges, 7% tax, port fees, tourist card ($5), gratuities to transfer and naturalist guides, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, snorkeling equipment (can be rented at Yandup Lodge for a small fee), and insurance of any kind. Note that the local Kuna staff speaks fluent Spanish and little English.
Weight restrictions apply to luggage in commercial and chartered flights within Panama. A maximum of 30 lbs (11 kg) of checked luggage and 5 lbs (2.5 kg) of carry-on per person is allowed. Arrangements can be made with your hotel or Ancon Expeditions to store luggage that will not be needed while away from the city. Excess baggage charges assessed by commercial carriers are the responsibility of the passenger.
Rooms may be booked as a single for a $100 supplement.
Arrival & Departure:
The San Blas Islands and the Kuna Indian Adventure begins and ends in Panama City. A pre and post hotel night is required. Please plan flights to arrive one day prior and depart one day after the outlined itinerary from Tocumen International Airport.
Payment & Cancellation:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form
, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions:
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions
. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.
We highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance. Please note that you must purchase your travel insurance policy within 14 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Click the link below for a selection of policies from our partners at Travelex.
San Blas Islands & the Kuna Indians cruise extension is available to any individuals or families with a love of nature and sense of adventure.