SAN BLAS PANAMA
San Blas Islands have eluded arrival of civilisation and protected their natural beauty for years.
No signal. Limited electricity. Leave your phones and computers turned off, enjoy the silence. Find yourself again.
There is no place like this - nature, corralls, peace and coconuts. Come before the change invades Guna Yala region as well.
That is just a short sample list of things you might see or feel, once you arrive to San Blas islands. When we came here first time, these were the things we were hoping to experience, and San Blas delivered. We have also met a lot of interesting travellers from all around the world, played a lot of games, traded a lot of stories. These islands will leave a lasting mark in your heart.
This is the ideal place for people who love athentic experiences. This is not the ideal place for people who prefer to stay only in 4-star hotels.
You will sleep in wooden sheds, just like in those pirate movies. Most of them do not have any floors, sand is everywhere. Families we work with are however already used to tourists, so they found ways to make it somewhat comfortable. Matrasses are mostly comfy and you always get clean sheets when you arrive.
Rooms are empty, usually have just beds, seldom some table or chair. Toilets are looking old-school but are cleaned many times a day, so they keep fresh feeling. Sweet water is scarce, so not-salty showers work usually every 2-3 days. You will find out you don’t need to shower twice a day and your skin will thank you :-)
You will be fell taken care of during your stay. That means 3 times a day you will get a full meal. Every day almost the same meal, but still - delicious.
Breakfasts always start with eggs and local bread. Lunches and dinners consist mostly out of freshly caught fishes with lentils, potatoes or rice. Time to time you get to eat chicken or octopus for a change. And if you wish to eat something fancy, as in the picture, locals will always hunt it down for you for a reasonable price. You may buy also limited variety of alcohol and snacks, together with coconuts on the island - also for reasonable
Read books. Sleep a lot. Listen to podcasts. Sunbath. Collect shells. Exercise. Train yoga. Play volleyball. Plan your new business. Improve the current one. Learn Spanish. Drink a lot of fresh coconuts. Meet new nationalities. Make new friends. Drink, dance and party. Watch sun set. Build a bonfire. Fall in love. Play card or desk games. Go snorkeling. Discover local culture.
Or simply do some of the extra trips listed below.
Island that is even smaller than the one you are staying on. Beautiful beach where if lucky, you might even find some starfish. Just dont take them out of the water, they would die.
You will visit 3 unbelievably beautiful spots - not only Isla Pelicano, but also natural pool in the middle of the sea or Isla Demaracho, as you may see on the picture.
Ideal trip for those, who love adventure - you will sail to the coast, to explore untouched jungle, sacred cemetery and small river waterfalls, in which you can swim.
+ sunscreen - ideally some that doesn't hurt corrals (easier to buy in your country than in Panama)
+ own towels, nature friendly soap and shampoo if possible
+ snorkeling equipment, even though you may rent one on island for a small fee
+ books or some card games, if you stay for more nights
+ alcohol or snacks if you like to party, but you can buy some for a reasonable price from locals
+ water, if you plan to stay longer - good to have at least 1,5 liters of water per day
+ flashlight, as after the sun sets down, there are no lights in your cabins
- your social networks addiction :)
- drones or diving equipment, it is forbidden to do any of those at San Blas islands
- computers, with limited electricity you won’t really have use for them
- fancy clothes - you can basically live in your bathing suit every day
Your stays per night are easy to calculate. Our family at Guna Yala charges 35 USD per night of dormitory and 40 USD per night for a private cabin (minimum of 2 people). The rest of the prices below consist of fixed fees for transports - jeeps, boats, entrance fee to Guna Yala territory, entrance fee to harbour, tours etc. You will pay us just a small part of the package as reservation and you will pay the rest in cash to these service providers as you will encounter them on your way to the island. For example, when you come to the Guna Yala border, you will pay 20 USD cash for entrance out of the bellow mentioned total budget.
As you might have already guessed, since fixed transport costs are so high, it is actually cheapest to go for more days :-) We can build you custom packages based on your needs. Just let us know in the reservation form.