Wednesday, May 18, 2011

San Blas Islands

The San Blas Islands comprises thousands of islands located just off the northeast coast of Panama. The indigenous Kuna Yala tribe have self governing authority over the islands and a part of the mainland.





The local people, the Kuna, are a wonderful example of an how an indigenous people continue to flourish and practice their age old customs surrounded by the modern world. They are friendly and welcoming of tourists. Although the San Blas Islands is their ancestral home, you will also find them selling their wares in Panama City.

Electric power is limited, so it is not uncommon for the hotels and homes to operate generators for only a few hours per day. After dark, the moon and stars provide the only light.



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