Central America Panama Land Tour

Exploring San Blas & Guna Yala Culture

On this 3-day Exploring San Blas & Guna Yala Culture adventure in Panama, spend time snorkeling and swimming in Yandup, an island paradise surrounded by coral reefs and calm, crystal clear waters. Sleep every night in traditional Guna-style huts with comfortable beds, ceiling fans, private bathrooms and a hammock on the front porch. Family-style meals are served overlooking the Caribbean Sea, which create a sense of ease and relaxation critical to any vacation. Daily optional activities offer a wide range of choices that include important personal interactions with local Guna culture, revealing how this ambitious culture maintains their values, makes decisions and sustains a local economy.

Without a doubt, the Guna is the best preserved of all indigenous cultures of the Americas. The Guna people are so determined to protect their heritage that they have maintained their autonomy. In Guna Yala (the land of the Guna), known to the rest of the world as the San Blas Islands, an indigenous independent Congress still rules. Of the some 365 islands, fewer than 60 of them are inhabited. Turquoise waters surround white-sand beaches dotted with palm trees and thatched-roof Guna villages. 

Home base is the Yandup Lodge, which is owned and operated by a Guna family and is located an approximate 50-minute flight from Panama City and a 15-minute boat ride to Yandup Island.

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