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Who we are


We are an all around travel agency that organizes tours, events and excursions in the region of Guna Yala.

Not only do we help you plan your trip but we also provide full assistance all along your journey, from your departure from Panama City until your arrival to San Blas.

Our tour guides are from Guna, so our customers will be able to experience the Guna people and their culture and, at the same time, to visit the numerous beautiful islands in the archipelago.

Thanks to the different vacation packages we offer you can choose according to your budget and your own preferences.

Our highly qualified team, with over 10 years' experience, can provide the service in different languages like English, French, Spanish, Italian and, if you wish, also Guna.
San Blas Experience - Team

Location


Guna territory has about 378 islands, including 49 inhabited communities. For the most part, these are used by the Gunas to raise coconut crops, fishing and now tourism.

The territory is used cooperatively, families changing every 3 or 4 months, giving an opportunity to each Guna who wishes to have a supplemental income.

They are coral islands with white sand and crystal clear waters of incredible beauty.
There is also a large rainforest of 320,000 hectares, located in Darien, called the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
That land is only used by Gunas who engaged in hunting and planting vegetables and traditional medicine.

The exploitation of Natural Resources for commercial purposes is prohibited.
In 2008 they opened the only land access to the Gulf of San Blas, improving tourist access
and giving them the opportunity to contemplate the beauty of the rainforest.
San Blas Experience - San BLas Island

History


GunaYala also known as the San Blas Archipelago is an autonomous indigenous region of the Republic of Panama thanks to the revolution "Dule" of 1925.

The Gunas rejected colonial Panamanian police because of some racist acts that went against ancestral beliefs.

They proclaimed themselves an independent republic of Panama.
After negotiations with the government of Panama in 1938, the government gave them full autonomy of the Guna territory.

Over the years Gunas took advantage of this autonomy, keeping their rituals, traditions and language.

After many years, daily life has not changed much, as they live very close to their environment, the mountain, the forest, the sun and the sea.
Their way of life has remained almost unchanged, as they spiritually interact with of the casiques, saila, nele y argan as part of everyday life.

According to the Guna’s ancient stories and foreign studies, the Gunas came from the Sierra Nevada of Colombia centuries ago.
After struggles with other indigenous tribes, they moved to the Darien.

After the arrival of the Spanish and the discovery of gold, the Gunas again had to move towards the region of Chepo.

Finally they had another confrontation with settlers that they were searching for gold and they had to move to the archipelago.

Very Important Note, the Guna are traditionally gold producers and artisans like many Native American cultures, which in colonial times provoked constant confrontation with the recently arrived Spanish.
San Blas Experience - Cayos Holandeses

Getting here


By Plane:
One flight per day, every day, departing from Panama City at 6 am. The flight takes about 30 minutes. Air Panama Company.

• By Road:
Only one road leads to San Blas from Panama City. The drive takes about three hours. Pick up time depends on you (usually between 5 am).

Warning! They aren't buses and cars with normal wheel cannot get the destination.

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