Travel to the San Blas Archipelago, Panama- The virtual tour by David Shaw

Lovely molas, in the picture. What do they do during storms? Do the inhabited islands have higher elevation interiors? —- Granny Bear

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Among my favorite places in the new world tropics is the San Blas Archipelago on the Caribbean coast of Panama. The San Blas is part of the Kuna Yala, a semi-autonomous province of the country under the management of the indigenous Kuna people. The Kuna live primarily in tight communities packed onto tiny, individual islands in the San Blas. Hundreds of people will make their homes on islands of no more than a few acres, commuting out to fish in the surrounding waters or manage small farm plots on the mainland.

The Kuna are remarkable, and I lack the knowledge to dive as deeply into their rich culture as they deserve. Suffice to say, the Kuna are largely traditional, holding to their lifestyles in the face of a modernizing world. But the Kuna live on only a few of the nearly 400 islands in the San Blas. There are…

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