The Kuna Yala (also known as San Blas) includes 365 islands that are run by the Kunas. The Kunas won their independence from Panama in 1930, and continue many of their traditional practices today. No foreigner can own land in the region, which is amazing as I'm sure the Kuna have been offered millions for real estate in this exquisite environment. There are no hotels or high rises; the only accomodations offered are in Kuna-owned traditional formats. Our room (solar powered lights and fan available at night):
Every morning the Kuna men head out in dugout canoes to fish and lobster hunt. It was so peaceful to rise from bed and sit on our porch, watching the men head to work.
The only motor (or any loud noise) we heard during our stay was on the boat owned by our lodge, which shuttled us about to isolated islands. Here are a few of the beaches we visited:
Our lodge (Yandup Island Lodge), also took us to visit the nearest Kuna community. It was fascinating to see a village so removed from modern conveniences, self-sufficient and full of pride and joy.
Question: What modern convenience would you hate to give up? (Vitamix for me!)