San Blas, Panama #1
|Trip||Days||Ports of Call||Dates|
|103||10||Porvenir, Panama City||Dec 10 - Dec 20, 2012|
The kiting and cruising in San Blas is so good that made it onto our list of top ten places on the planet to kitesurf. Check out the San Blas Captains Log from The Best Odyssey to see what Gavin had to say. Or, check out this article on our previous adventures there, Journey Through Time.
The local people, the Kuna, with a fascinating culture are a wonderful example of an how an indigenous peoples can flourish with their age old customs while surrounded by the modern world. They are both friendly and welcoming of tourists. They are among the smallest in physical size on Earth- yet never conquered, and after many attempts were given a large territory of Panama to administer on their own.
We have one cabin and one shared cabin available to non-members of the expedition. Cost is $6950 USD for the cabin (two person occupancy), and $4100 USD for the shared cabin all inclusive except getting to and from the boat (transport from Panama City to the San Blas is either via overland for approximately $150 USD or by air (see below). Other expenses include top shelf wine and spirits (table wine and beer is included). If you are interested, please contact us immediately. UPDATE: the member of the shared cabin has just told me that he will accept any reasonable offer!For more information on Panama: Lonely Planet / Wiki Travel
Getting there: International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which lies about 20 miles east of Panama City (from all countries) or David Airport (from Costa Rica). From Panama City there are currently daily flights to El Porvenir via Air Panama. This 10 minute flight is astoundingly beautiful and deposits you on a grass runway, where Discovery will be anchored just meters away. One of the coolest boardings of the expedition!
Visas: Visas requirements vary depending on passport nationality. Please check requirements and apply well in advance.
Medical: Recommended vaccination for yellow fever - only if coming from a country where yellow fever occurs (includes most of South America and Africa but not USA). Precautions for Malaria are also advisable. Dengue fever is also a concern, take care to bring protection against mosquitos. We keep plenty of repellant on board, but usually on the boat there is little risk due to wind keeping the mozzies away.
- Abundance of marine life
- Culturally interesting (Kuna)
- Friendly locals
- Great seafood
- Insane kiting
- Postcard perfect islands
- Remote exploration
- Um....too much wind?
|Air||23C/73F - 32C/90F|
|Water||26C / 79F|
|Mean Avg Wind||11 - 15 knots 55%|