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Panama San Blas Holiday

San Blas Archipelago, lies off Panama’s Caribbean coast, between Golfo de San Blas and the Colombian border. Of its nearly 380 small islands, just about 60 are inhabited. The Kuna, a tribe indigenous to Panama, fiercely protective of their independence, runs its own economy and tourism, making it the eco-friendliest destination in Central America. Local Kuna residents take diving and snorkelling tours and run boat tours between islands. Flights operate to 5 islands from Panama City.

Although only a 20-minute plane ride from Panama City, a trip to the San Blas islands will transport you 20 centuries into the past. The Kuna Indians have maintained their own economic system, language, customs and culture, with distinctive dress, legends, music and dance and have thus avoided traditional tourism development. Facilities are few and simple. Spend your days kayaking through the diverse marine eco-systems of Panama’s rainforests, reefs and channels.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 09-DAY PANAMA SAN BLAS ADVENTURE…
And, experience sea sports such as sea-kayaking, diving and snorkelling.
 

What We Love
  • San Blas Islands are ringed by white-sand beaches 
  • Kayak on the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea
  • Visit Kuna communities and learn about this unique culture
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and will include sea kayaking.  
  • Panama is renowned for its riptides. Stay out of choppy water.
  • For domestic flights and boat transfers, luggage entitled is 12 Kilos.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

The itinerary is so designed that you can paddle in the morning and take advantage of calmer seas. Later in the afternoon you can explore the unique ecosystem around the campgrounds. You will be able to observe tropical fish, sponges, lobsters, and turtles and other sea life native to the area. 
 
You will explore
The islands of the San Blas Archipelago are strung out along the Caribbean coast of Panama from the Golfo de San Blas nearly all the way to the Colombian border. There are 378 islands of which only 49 are inhabited by the native people known as the Kuna who run the islands with minimal interference from the national government. 
 
Although only a 20-minute plane ride from Panama City, a trip to the San Blas islands will transport you 20 centuries into the past. The Kuna Indians have maintained their own economic system, language, customs and culture, with distinctive dress, legends, music and dance and thus have avoided traditional tourism development. Facilities are few and simple. The area is surrounded by reefs, some of the oldest in the world, and offer wonderful snorkelling opportunities, the best of which are between the months of April and June.
Getting There

International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Services arrive daily from the US (most are routed through Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston or Miami) and other Central and South American cities; KLM and Iberia fly from Amsterdam and Madrid, respectively. Flights from San José, in neighbouring Costa Rica, often stop in David before continuing on to Panama City. The recently upgraded airport in David is expected to see direct international flights from and to the US at some point.
 

 
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Panama San Blas Holiday

San Blas Archipelago
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Panama City On arrival at the Tocumen International Airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted by private transfer to your hotel in Panama City.
Overnight at Country Inn Amador.

Day 02 – Transfer
San Blas Archipelago Early in the morning you will be transferred to the Albrook Domestic Airport for your 1-hour flight to Corazón de Jesús. Upon your arrival you will be transferred by panga across the channel to Isla Tigre, where you will meet with the local community and later become familiar with the boats. In the afternoon, you will paddle to the mainland rainforest with Kuna Indians for some bird-watching.
Overnight in Comfortable Tent camping (B, L, D)

Day 03 & 04 – Kayaking
San Blas Archipelago These days will be spent paddling to uninhabited islands within the community managed marine protected area (3-4 hours). The paddling includes two channel crossings which make for an exciting start to the adventure.
Overnight in Comfortable Tent camping (B, L, D)

Day 05 & 06 – Kayaking to Sichirdup Island
San Blas Archipelago During these days we will cruise across the offshore and cays, and cross the Mangles channel to the mysterious white sand island of Sichirdup where Kuna biologists have a small research program. We will be able to kayak the nearby reef and deep channel in this stunning area.
Overnight in Comfortable Tent camping (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Hiking on the Mainland
San Blas Archipelago After breakfast we will have a full day trip to Rio Paloma to discover primary rainforest and hike up the river. You will have the opportunity to bathe in the fresh crystal river waters and glance for crocodiles, giant river otters, toucans, birds of prey, monkeys and possible tapirs! Take advantage of the kayaking and trekking options available today.
Overnight in Comfortable Tent camping (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Transfer
Panama City Early in the morning take your return flight to Panama City. Upon your arrival you will be transferred, by one of our representatives, to a hotel in Panama City.
Overnight at Country Inn Amador (B)

Day 09 – Depart
Panama City Private transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your onward flight (B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go The best time to visit Panama is during the dry season from around mid-December to mid-April. There is a prolonged rainy season from May to November, with the heaviest rain between October and November. Rain in Panama tends to come in sudden short downpours followed by sunshine.

Days are hot, nights much cooler; temperatures range from 32 °C (90 °F) during the daytime to 21 °C (70 °F) in the evening practically year-round. Humidity is always high at about 80 percent. Temperatures vary according to geography. The climate is less tropical at higher elevations. In mountain areas the average annual temperature ranges from 10ºC to 19ºC (50-66ºF) at various mountain elevations.

Visa The UK, Germany and Switzerland citizens and many other nationalities need only a passport to enter Panama, while people from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Venezuela and some other countries need a tourist visa or tourist card as well.

British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Panama except if arriving by sea. You must have a return or onward ticket and the equivalent of US$500 or a credit card.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of exit from Panama. Your passport must also have several unused pages.

For further information with the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk