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Guna Yala Archipelago, Panama

San Blas Archipelago

While the Kuna Yala territory also includes a strip of Panama’s coastline, the majority of Kuna people inhabit just 45 of the 365 San Blas Islands.

The archipelago is exclusively owned and ruled by the indigenous group the Kuna Indians. The Kunas are a revolutionary tribe who rejected ‘civilisation’ by the Spanish in the 18th Century and have been independent ever since.

Fishing is the mainstay of the traditional Kuna economy, they also cultivate food crops on the mainland and trade coconuts with Colombian ships. Their intricate embroidery and traditional dress provide colourful handicrafts that have created an additional commodity to sell to visitors of the islands.


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Hike the Rainforest

With a Kuna guide, explore and hike the rainforest in the San Blas Archipelago.

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Snorkel in San Blas

Snorkel in crystal waters.

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Kuna Culture

Immerse yourself in the Kuna culture and traditions.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

James loves this skinny isthmus of a country, drawn to its incredible diversity of wildlife, mix of cultures and Pacific and Caribbean coasts ripe for exploring.

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John Faithfull

One of John’s favourite spots is the viewing platform at the Miraflores Locks, where he has spent many happy (read “geeky”) hours being mesmerised by the machinations of the canal’s lock gate process.

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