islands of the San Blas Archipelago
are strung out along the Caribbean coast
of Panama from the Golfo de San Blas nearly
all the way to the Colombian border. San
Blas is a series of 378 islands of which
only 49 are inhabited by the fiercely independent
Kuna Indians. Although only a 20-minute
plane ride away from Panama City, a trip
to the San Blas islands will transport you
20 centuries into the past.
Kuna Indians, who run all the islands as an
autonomous province, with minimal
interference from the national government
have maintained their own economic system,
language, customs and culture, with distinctive
dress, legends, music and dance and thus have
avoided traditional tourism development.
area is surrounded by reefs, some of the oldest
in the world, and offer wonderful diving and
snorkeling opportunities, the best of which
are between the months of April and June.
most interesting islands are Achutupu, Kagantupu
and Coco Blanco. There are flights to several
of the islands from Panama City or you can
catch a ride with Kuna merchant ships from
Colón, who will find the perfect island
for your sunbathing and snorkeling pleasure.
Blas is famous for one of its arts and crafts,
the mola. Kuna women make rainbow colored fabrics,
emblazoned with fish, birds, jungle animals
and geometric designs that would impress Picasso
himself. The men still fish from canoes as they
did before Columbus came. They still run up
to the corner coconut palm trees for something
fresh and cool to drink each morning, just as
they have for untold centuries.
El Porvenir Hotel: 13 rooms. Tel: 221-1397
Hotel San Blas: 31 rooms, kuna style, 3 daily
meals, tours around inhabited and uninhabited
islands. radio communication. Tel: 655-25757
Hotel Anai 20 rooms, Wooden floor and cane
Kuna Kishua Hotel. Five basic rooms. Tel:227-5308
Sugtupu With cabin like aspect, wooden floor
and cone walls.
La Palmera One story concrete building, With
restaurant and bar. It belongs to the Town
Hotel Nargana 10 rooms; communication by radio.
Hotel construction Kuno style.
Hotel Uaguitupo Cabins, restaurant, Bar.
Cabins, restaurant, bar.(Sidra River).
Cabins, restaurant, bar.
Eco-resort. 6 stand-alone cabinas and large
restaurant. Tel: 269-6313
CHICO, TUPILE, AILIGANDI AND USTUPU Tule Revolution
Anniversary. They present a dramatic feather
of post battles, typical dances and drink fermented
Patronal festivities in which western style
dances are performed, there are regional and
national dishes, there are also basketball competitions.
MULATUPO Inokina Anniversary. Typical dances
and dishes, games and speeches.
FULIPE Patronal festivities, western style dances
as well as typical dances, regional dishes.
NARGANA Charles Robinson Anniversary. Western
style dances as well as typical dances, regional
USTUP0 Nele-Kantule, Dances, dishes, speeches,
September 1 TUWALA Yabilikiña Anniversary,
dishes, typical dances, sport games and speeches.