Thursday, January 14, 2010

San Blas is a group of 365 Islands on the Caribbean coastline of Panama and is in Kuna Yala (the indigenous people of Panama) territory. Getting there in itself is an adventure and the best time to go is during the dry season in a 4 wheel drive off-road ready vehicle. Don’t even think of taking anything else. Some 4 wheel drives don't even make it! The distance is about 2-3 hours from Panama City. The off-road adventure takes through Nusagandi Camp (Biological Conservation Center); basically lush rainforests atop mountains. There is a $2 per person charge to use this road. (Gringo Warning: Prices will vary for you but you can stand firm and hand them the appropriate amount). On this road you will tackle steep hills with loose gravel. Sections get washed out so stay alert for missing chunks of the road. You don’t want to find yourself tumbling down a cliff. The best part is the river crossing. At first glance it can be very intimidating but watch the cars ahead to see how to take it on. There is definitely a shallower path to take through it. Check out the photos.