Panama San blas - Eclectik Charter Sailing

Going on board L’eclectik 2 in the San Blas,

Means stopping over in a hardly known archipelago, where mass tourism hasn’t taken over yet.... Relaxation, conviviality and comfort will sum up your stay with us. The san Blas archipelago, undoubtedly reserves an unique experience for those who will respect all its nature and people. Let yourself be amazed by the combination of dreamed landscapes and the culture of its passionate people. This astonishing place will give you the opportunity not only of meeting the most authentic ethnic groups in the Caribbean; but will also show you one of the most extraordinary works of traditional art, The Mola.

Panama San blas - Eclectik Charter Sailing

The San Blas Islands

belong to Panama’s caribbean coast. However, this zone remains under the Kunas’ authority, ever since they won over their autonomy in the 20’s. We propose you to come and discover with us, along with the Kunas, its colourful reefs, deserted white sandy beaches, surrounded by turquoise water and idyllic sun sets. Achutupu (dogs island), Ailigandi, Kagantupu, Coco Blanco, Mamiputu, or even Ustupu are just few examples of the 378 islands and islets (only of which 60 are inhabited), to where is possible to sail with us on board L’eclectik 2.

Presentation

The Panama isthmus, cut in two by the canal that links the Atlantic to the Pacifique, offers one of the most beautiful landscapes in Central America: the dense rain forest of Chepo and Bayano rivers. Wonderful place where the entomologists keep on making new discoveries. It is also there where the Pan-American Highway, (which is supposed to link in one single road Alaska and Tierra del Fuego) ends abruptly at the east of Panama City. This highway is missing 200km to reach Colombia, this gap is filled up with the wild region that embraces the San Blas and the Darien. It is also home to a community of 30,000 Indian Kunas in the Mulatas archipelago, not far from the coast of San Blas.

These Indians, remarkably gifted for fabric work, settled on their islands to flee the rival ethnic group of the Noamas, who persecuted them in the Colombian forest. They have lived on the Mulatas archipelago for more than a century. They built their huts, erected their houses of reeds with palm-roofs on the tiny islets that dot the lagoons of the coast of San Blas. For a long time, this isolation and this distance of land, was their best defense against intruders. Today, the white sandy beaches lined with coconut palms are the longing of tour operators and holiday planners. Yet, nobody is talking about making these islets, which stretch over 350 kilometers, a natural park.

Few countries are interested in the fate of these Central American Indians who are the only ones, along with the Quiches of Guatemala, to have preserved their traditions and their wisdom. On their islands, they live only of the cultivation of coconut palm and the sale of copra and bananas. To obtain corn, cotton, tobacco, sweet potatoes, rice and sugarcane, they cleared plots of land on the coast. The self-sufficient economy of these armadillo, peccaries and tapirs hunters, is now in peril, and if we are not careful, the Kunas can disappear from the Caribbean Sea in the short term. Kunas women have inherited from their Colombiane ancestors, the colorist genius and a great sense of invention. Which in turn, have shaped the way they make clothes and patchwork covers that make up true masterpieces. It seems that they inspired the great fashion designers of the century, from Sonia Delaunay to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.