Welcome to Gunayala

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Traditional designs in Guna Yala

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Kayaking in Guna Yala

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Sunset in Guna Yala

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Local products at the market in Guna Yala

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A local girl at the market with a bird.

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The beach in Guna Yala

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Lobsters caught in Guna Yala

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guna yala students and touristsThe archipelago of the region of Guna Yala is inhabited by ethnic Guna. Guna Yala indigenous means for “Land Guna”. Originally, the area was known as San Blas. Then it was known as Guna Yala, and in October 2011 became Guna Yala, since the Government of Panama agrees that in the language of the Gunas not exist the “K”.

The place entices visitors seeking a different option to walk or rest. This is a site in the Atlantic side of Panama, where the water is clear and the white sand of the island contrasts with the green palms. There, in that archipelago, visitors will also find coral reefs, according to UNESCO, are among the best preserved in the Northwest Atlantic Coast Biographical Bioregion Caribbean and Central.

The climate is tropical and humid, and although the sun caresses the skin of those looking for an enviable tan during the day does not lack the soft rain that refreshes. Sometimes, of course, the rain becomes a heavy downpour, especially in the rainy season (usually May to December). Nevertheless, do not let visitors disembarking from the boats that arrive at the most visited islands, those that are close to land.

To reach the region Guna Yala, visitors can go by plane, land or boat. If you choose the latter option, you must do the journey in a 4x4 vehicle, because you have to go through a mountainous area that will take you to the coastal community of Carti. To enter the county-recognized by Act 16 of 1953 – every visitor must pay an entrance fee ($ 2) as each vehicle ($ 5) (current prices in July 2013). So Congress ordered General Guna, explains the manager to meet the standard set by the highest political authority of this culture, which provides travelers the “proof of payment”. After an hour and 45 minutes walk (from the capital), you get to Carti, where there is a plot to park the car (you have to pay $ 2 for use) (current price in July 2013) and a landing craft where the locals offer the service of water transport by canoes or boats.

The total population of Guna Yala is about 50,000.

The languages used by the tribes include theirnative Kuna & Spanish.

The Gunya Yala region is an indigenous province in northeast Panama (Official Gazette of Panama.

Most Guna people follow a traditonal Kuna religion, while others are Catholic.

The traditional dress of the Guna women includes the Mola.

Seafood, coconuts, plantains, and some wild game form the core of the Guna diet.

The region's major exports include coconuts and lobster, as well as the sale of molas.

The region also relies on eco-tourism, as it has a lot of natural beauty.