The San Blas Islands - Sailing Cartagena to Panama
Trip Start Mar 24, 2010
96Trip End Ongoing
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Wild Card Yacht
On our second morning we sailed into the San Blas archipelago at dawn, it was such a beautiful sight - dawn skies with glassy clear waters and perfect white sanded islands covered in Palm Trees (and not a soul in sight)
On our third day, after a few morning swims and some relaxation time it was time for lunch....the previous day, John and negotiated with the local Kuna people (who are the natives that inhabit some of San Blas' islands) who come around on hand made wooden boats to offer fresh, live seafood
In the morning, on our fourth day Nigel left for the mainland and the rest of us went in the little run around to a Kuna Village. We were greeted by the friendly natives who live in wooden type huts in absolute paradise. The Kuna people are one of the most successfully maintained native groups as they have almost complete control over the San Blas islands as well as having governing powers. The natives were all gorgeous and after offering all the children chocolate nibbles they had no problem giggling at us when we tried to speak to them in Spanish! It was a lovely early morning excursion and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Once back on Wild Card, we moved spots to 'Dog Island' which was a ocean lagoon surrounded by more gorgeous, postcard islands. We jumped in the water which somehow felt warmer then before and spend hours just floating in the warm water. In the meantime some local fishermen arrived on their boat and John bought another five crabs for $20 meaning we were in for another seafood bonanza! Later in the afternoon then weather turned rainy, so we all headed for the cabin to watch movies and look at the amazing photos from the last few days.
After an early morning swim, our fifth and final day was spent sailing to Portobelo where our cruise would end. The Colombia to Panama trip was another absolute highlight of our trip and the fact that the San Blas Islands are not filled with people (most are deserted) and that they are not yet a tourist destination just added to the effect. We were also really lucky as both the John and Nigel told us it was the best weather they had encountered on all the trips they had made! We are all excited to get onto the Panamanian mainland, but are really sad to be leaving the boat that had been our home for the last week.