San Blas is the name the government gave to the área but since they got authonomy the name they gave to the área is ¨Kuna Yala¨ or ¨Guna Yala¨ what means ¨Mountain from Gunas¨ The capital of the Guna Yala region is El Porvenir.
This territory was relatively closed for outsiders until the revolution 1925. After this year the indigenous people claimed the independence of Panama, which gave them the authority to rule autonomous. If you enter the San Blas area you are to obey the rules and traditions of the Guna’s.
These islands retain the ancestral essence of a different world thanks to the Guna culture still maintaining their customs and traditions. You will see their women wear their molas, colorful fabrics and bold patterns that characterize handmade dress supplemented by a number of bracelets and earrings.
The men are usually engaged in fishing from their wood hand made canoes named ¨Ulu´s¨. Fish and lobster are later sold or exchanged for goods from the mainland.
Do not miss the opportunity to interact with the Guna Indians, they are friendly, but reserved.