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A sunset view from Uaguitupo Island, San Blas Archipelago, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Coast.

In the 1995 there were not more than 3 lodges or guesthouses at San Blas, fortunally today there are not more than 10, 12 and the most part of the tourists didd cruise in the archipelago.

The Kuna people still well preserve their islands and sea.


The San Blas Islands of Panama is an archipelago of 365 (or 378) islands off the north coast of the Isthmus, east of the Panama Canal.
Home to the Kuna Indians that are the owners of all the islands.
Politically independent, the Kuna won their right to self-government in the Kuna Revolution of 1925, an historic event that San Bias celebrates every February with the local holiday of Mor Ginnid.

The Kuna have been resisting changes to their culture since the Spanish first arrived over 500 years ago. They have actually done a pretty good job of maintaining their way of life. The San Blas province has its own government, and each island is run by a chief. Tourism is limited to only a few of the islands, and you must get permission from the chief before visiting any of the islands. Electricity and running water are not found in the outer islands.

Kuna law prohibits fishing in their waters by boats with sophisticated machinery or the taking of anything from the sea that a diver can not reach with air from his own lungs.
Scuba diving is therefore not permitted, but tourists may snorkel in the reef, one of the oldest and best preserved in the world.

*Scanned image*

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