Spend 3 days and 2 nights in a secluded secret Kuna island that is comparable to paradise. Explore the tropical forests and local villages or enjoy water activities in more than 350 picturesque islands.
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This tour is our ultimate island getaway! The San Blas host the best preserved indigenous culture of the continent, the Kuna Indians. The archipelago of the spectacular San Blas itself is comprised of 350+ islands, with only 50 or so inhabited. Emerald and sapphire waters surround stark-white beaches, sprouting palm trees and rustic Kuna Yala villages.
You will experience complete and utter escape, real bliss, and amazing scenery far from any city stress.
3 Days/2 Nights
ARRIVAL TO YANDUP ISLAND RESORT AND LODGE – ODYSSEY IN THE ISLANDS
Around 4:45 am, you will be picked up at the lobby of your hotel (optionally, for a small extra fee) and transferred to Albrook Airport. Otherwise, make your own way to Albrook airport with Uber or a local taxi. You depart by air to San Blas early this morning and arrive at Playon Chico where a representative of the luxurious and local Yandup Lodge will meet you. Yandup Lodge is located about 15 minutes from the airport via boat, in the center of the Kuna Yala territory in San Blas. Yandup is a veritable paradise, with its own beautiful beach, surrounded by coral reefs and calm, crystal-clear water.
Yandup crowns a small archipelago, where opportunities abound for swimming between remote islands, crossing channels of various depths with lots of sea life. Owned and operated by an actual Kuna family, the accommodations are basic but very comfortable in traditional Kuna-style huts with cozy beds, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, and a hammock on the front porch. Family-style meals are served in the dining room overlooking the Caribbean.
After settling in and having a great breakfast, your daily morning excursion includes, at your choice and leisure, visiting inhabited beautiful islands where you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, kick back on the beautiful beach in the middle of the sea, or hike for about an hour to visit a nearby waterfall for a frosty and refreshing swim.
The larger San Blas islands house dense tropical forests where you can walk and enjoy seclusion or a romantic time with your partner. Return to the hotel to laze in one of the island hammocks before having lunch.
In the afternoon, you will have more tour options such as more snorkeling, beach time, rainforest walks, and sailing around the island in a typical Kuna dug-out canoe or sailing in a boat through mangroves near the island to a natural swimming pool with blue water that’s clear as glass and surrounded by islands and coral reefs.
You may also explore local Indian villages and see the Kuna way of life and traditional ceremonies, visit a traditional cemetery or the communal house of the “Sahilas” (Indian chiefs) where the decisions of Kuna governance and laws are enforced.
More opportunities for all the activities outlined in Day 1.
RETURN TO PANAMA CITY
This morning after breakfast, your Kuna Yala escape ends – you will take the sea voyage back to the airstrip on the mainland, where you board our beautiful and trusty plane back to Panama City in the early morning. Back to civilization! If requested for a small extra charge, you will be met and transferred all the way to your hotel upon landing. Otherwise, the airport has many taxis and Uber works in Panama easily.
All ages will be comfortable on this tour – not physically strenuous, no tough walking.
A maximum of 25 lbs. (12 kg) of check-in luggage and 10 lbs. (5 kg) of carry-on per person is allowed.
Arrangements can be made with us to store luggage that will not be needed while away from the city.
There is no hot water on Kuna Yala, as the weather is tropical/equatorial.
Electricity from solar panels is available 24 hours at 110V, and small generators provide even larger electricity voltage.
All airport/hotel transfers on your scheduled arrival and departure dates can be arranged for a small extra fee from our company.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.