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.
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.