Someone unfamiliar with Panama may be surprised to learn the unusual history and status of the province known as Guna Yala. It was once known as San Blas and Kuna Yala but was officially renamed Guna Yala to reflect a more accurate pronunciation of the native population’s language.
Set in northeast Panama, south of the already remote Darien Province, and bordered on the east by Colombia, Guna Yala is “…a narrow, 226km-long strip on the Caribbean coast that includes the Archipiélago de San Blás…The islands are home to the Kuna, who run San Blás as a comarca(autonomous region) with minimal interference from the national government.” (Lonely Planet, 2014).
This does not mean that they are independent of the Republic of Panama. Instead, it was in 1925 that they were given permission to operate under their own economic and governmental systems. The indigenous people use their own language, but have full voting rights in Panama’s legislature. This was all done by the Kuna people in order to uphold and protect their heritage, way of life, and even their language.
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is virtually unseen in the trek through the Chagres National Park due to the lack of access roads, protection against settlers, and the previous non-existence of Aventuras Panamá. This part of the river, characterized by currents alternating with still waters, is considered as Class II, although several rapids are considered Class III by the International Classification of River Navigation.
with more than 350 islands spreading out along the isthmus, together with the northeast of Panama from Colon to Colombia, and from the Caribbean Ocean up to the continental divide at the isthmus mountain range defines San Blas or Guna Yala, the homeland of Guna Natives.
an island near El Porvenir in the Kuna Yala region of Panama, is your ideal base for exploring the Kuna Yala archipelago and enjoying life in the islands. Just a 25-minute flight across the isthmus from Panama City, Ukuptupu is located minutes from the Porvenir airport between the islands of Wichub Wala and Nalunega. Cabañas Ukuptupu, which means Sand Island, is a tourism project that started in