Hello! Hola! Nuedi (Guna greeting)! I’m getting amped up for a few months of tropical paradise! Welcome to my new website (which still needs a lot of work, so check it out in a few weeks). This is also my first blog post. . . perfect timing to plan your tropical holiday this winter. . . or maybe you’re already dreaming of a kayak trip in Alaska summer 2017!
Panama is an incredibly diverse and beautiful country, a destination worth exploring. And any trip to Panama should absolutely include at least a few days (better yet, an entire week!) in Guna Yala on the Caribbean side. This is the semi-autonomous zone of the Guna, one of the more prominent indigenous groups of Panama. You may know it as the San Blas islands, however the real name is Guna Yala!
White sandy beaches, bath-temperature turquoise water, hundreds of palm-tree dotted islands, incredible snorkeling, colorful hammocks swaying in a tropical breeze, fresh fish and fruit, sipping coconut water from a coconut, ideal sea kayaking conditions. . . do I really need to go on? It’s a tropical paradise!! Go on. . . see for yourself.
In addition to the aforementioned tropical qualities, the thing that I find most amazing about Guna Yala is the Guna. . . the people! I’ve never met such warm-hearted, friendly, quick-to-laugh-and-joke, fascinating people. And they’re so colorful! The trips I offer invite you to immerse yourself into the traditional lives of the Guna, which they are fighting to maintain. Eat what they eat. . . cook how they cook. . . participate in a traditional dance. . . check out the beautiful handicrafts. . . dress in their traditional way. . . witness their ceremonial structures and learn about their interesting customs. . . pick up a few Guna phrases. . . wander the narrow dirt paths of a community. . . listen to their creation stories and legends. . . play with some super cute kids!
I invite you to peruse my website for more information about the trips that I offer (don’t forget to check out the Alaska section for inspiration for next summer! It’s right around the corner) and please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about anything! And the website will gradually become more user-friendly and concise, I promise:) You gotta start somewhere, right?
So, make it happen! Plan your sea kayak and cultural immersion tropical holiday today! Check out my other blog post about an exciting upcoming yoga retreat/kayak trip.