Feb 7, 2018



I'm taking editorial liberty, my TOUR GUIDE photo challenge pictures are from one of my most favorite places in the world, the San Blas Islands Archipelago on the Atlantic Ocean side of Panama. The pictures will give you an idea, however to experience the true beauty of San Blas you have to visit.  

I'm not sure if it is the remoteness coupled with  the wide open expanse of the pristine blue ocean and blue sky that overwhelms the senses. The 3 visits I've made to San Blas I remember like they were yesterday. I have a standing invitation to go back and actually go camping, I hope to that one day soon; sleeping under the stars in a tent on one of the islands. 

The San Blas Islands of Panama is an archipelago comprising approximately 365 islands and cays, of which only 49 are inhabited.  They lie off the north coast of the Isthmus of Panama, east of the Panama Canal. A part of the comarca (district) Guna Yala along the Caribbean coast of Panama is home to the Kuna people. San Blas and its surrounding area is a haven for ecotourists because of its pristine environs. 

The area is also popular for sailing, as it is known for its beauty and lack of hurricanes. Notable locations in the Archipelago are the main capital El Porvenir, the densely crowded island village of Carti Sugtupu, and the two keys, Cayos Limones, and Cayos Holandeses, both renowned for their clear waters. 

What I most love about these islands, they are indeed remote and some are tiny, tiny.  
And some are so close together you can swim to and from the islands.  The Kuna Indians are 
the people who live in the San Blas Islands, they are the ones that create the amazing 
MOLA fabrics. 

The last time I was in San Blas, my family was on an island, and it was just us and the Kuna 
family that was making lunch for us and their dog.  The island was the footprint of a 
football field and everywhere the eye could see was the most beautiful, bright, clear, pristine 
ocean and beautiful blue skies.  And the family that lived there had hammocks ! 
One of my all time favorite travel memories, taking a siesta in the simple cloth hammock on this 
tiny island in San Blas. 

And everywhere you are on the islands, there is always an amazing symphony of the sea and 
winds, playing, having fun, mixing up the day, reminding you that you are indeed out 
in a wide open expanse and as far as they eye can see there is natural beauty ! !