San Blas!!

San Blas Islands Travel Blog

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so... the night before we were supposed to leave panama, the final of ´latin america idol´was on.... it was between a Panemanian and Costa Rican girl... and the girl from Panama won.... and the city went CRAZY!!! i´d never have imagined anything like it... the minute the winner was annouced, we could hear screams from outside our apartment (accomodation), and people on the car horn everywhere...

when we went outside, we walked aroudn for a little and found a kind of street parade... thousands of cars lined up down a 5 lane street.... all hanging out the windows, big panama flags, everyone on the horn, screams of ´viva panama´and ´margarita´(the winning girls name)... all up it was quite an experience... and to top it off... they loved the fact that a few gringo´s were out and about during all the mayhem.
... with everyone (especially school girls with their parents driving the car) loved us.... and we had a kind of wave of horn´s following us as we walked down the road! CRazyness!!!

anyway, we tucked ourselves into bed as it was late, and we had to get up at 4am to head off to the San Blas islands.... an easy jeep ride we found ourselves on the carribean coast adjacent the San Blas Islands. There wasn´t a hell of a lot happening... only a handful of people at a hut there to meet cars presumably with supplies. the last section of the track we drove in on was the runway for the area.... fun times!

we jumped on a boat to head out to our yacht (all pre arranged)...whcih took a few hours. we stopped along the way at one of the major islands...
the road to san blas
the native people, Kuna, all lived in little huts made crudely from palm tree fronds, but worked. the ceilings were very low though, as the Kuna´s were only short...

anyway, we arrived on our boat, I Lean, and were glad to finally be at our (temporary) destination. The boat was 54ft ex raching yacht fromt he 80´s.... so the interior was very plain.... not really setup to have the 11 people we had on board.... basically bare bones, with a few lounge/beds, galley and toilet.... plus it didnt help that we were carrying cargo for some random people.... anyway, we enjoyed the carribean sunshine... days filled with sunburn, swimming, snorkelling, story telling, backflips off the boat, and evenings filled with fishing, rum, music and chilling out. All in all.
.. a very chilled out couple of days. The kuna people fished and dove for crabs and lobster which they sold to the crew, they didnt mind you fishing in their territory, but werent particularly pleased... anyway, i caught a couple of fish, and even a lobster, but it was too small (or at least i thought it was... they later served up one a similar size). They definately didnt like fishing with any advantage over them (eg scuba, spear guns etc)....

anyway, we ended up sailing with the engine and sails to colombia. the boat needed to have the engine running whislt under way for some transmission reason... a silly concept, and the couple of times, the engine was cut was absolute bliss!!! I landed myself the graveyard shift from 3-6am.... and went to bed as soon as i realised the sunrise was a dud....

we were all glad to see land in Colombia... next... Cartageña, Colombia!!!
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the road to san blas
the road to san blas
someone´s pet!!
someone´s pet!!
san blas
san blas
kuna´s
kuna´s
sunrise
sunrise
...to sunset
...to sunset
hasta luego panama
hasta luego panama
captain!!
captain!!
bienivenidos colombia
bienivenidos colombia
our boat... i lean
our boat... i lean
San Blas Islands
photo by: AndySD