San Blas Islands Tours, Vacations & Travel Packages
While on a Panama vacation, you can visit the San Blas Islands situated off the Isthmus of Panama to the east of the canal, an archipelago that is made up of approximately 378 islands and cays, only 49 of which are inhabited.
The archipelago’s main inhabitants are the Kuna people who originally came from Colombia but have lived on the islands since before Christopher Columbus visited in 1502. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Panama government tried to stifle many of the Kuna’s traditions which led to a violent uprising in 1925. The result of this uprising was that the Kuna people were given permission to use their own forms of government.
Today, the Kuna people run the islands as an autonomous province of Panama and as such, receive little interference. They are famous for successfully refusing to assimilate and have maintained a lot of their traditions including language and dress.
The archipelago’s economy is based on coconut sales, fishing and tourism as many people come to explore these incredibly unique islands. The area is surrounded by some of the oldest reefs in the world that are teeming with marine wildlife, making for excellent snorkelling and swimming. There are opportunities on a Panama vacation to visit Kuna villages to see this fascinating culture first hand or visitors can choose to relax on a pristine beach in this island paradise.
Panama Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Panama vacations.
Learn about the history and culture of Panama, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Panama's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips and visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Panama for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Panama tours today!
Extend Your Trip
After your Panama Tour, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island tours, Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.
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