Sailing San Blas
Our group traveled thru Panama by van, boat, puddle jumper plane, and train. We started in El Valle, staying at the Canopy Lodge, just outside this lovely village. There was plenty of bird watching, hiking and swimming in a natural spring fed pond, and we also took a cooking class at the Three Sisters Café, named for 3 resident pot bellied pigs. No, pork was not on the menu! But I did eat my weight in clams, little tiny clams swimming in garlic and butter, and patacones..so good! Next we flew to San Blas to board the Golden Eagle, our chartered sail boat. Capt’n Pete met us at the “outside baggage claim” to walk us about 20 steps to the “taxi dingy” to our sail boats. We get our first of many encounters with Kuna Indians who live on the San Blas islands. The Kuna row up in boats to sell their molas and wrap beads as well as big just-caught lobster for our dinner. The next 3 days we spent our time snorkeling, reading, swimming, sailing and drinking Balboa beer. Can’t get much better than that..oh but it did.
We ended the trip at the Coral Lodge. It was like being in Fiji, where the bungalows are built over the water. We had the place to ourselves so again we read, snorkeled, went kayaking and drank more Balboa beer. To get back to Panama City, we traveled the Panama Canal train and ended up at the Miraflores Locks Restaurant that overlooks the locks of the Panama Canal. It was fascinating to watch cargo ships, fishing boats and yachts make their way thru the locks. For a true Panama experience I highly recommend Panama Boutique aka JB Journeys to plan your trip, it will be a wonderfully memorable trip.
P Whitehair, San Jose, CA
4 Time Repeat Traveler (Panama x 2, France, Kenya)