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Yandup Island Lodge

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Living simply in San Blas   Panama

Living simply in San Blas

I am lazing in our cabin's hammocks, hypnotized by the shifting colors of the sky as the sun sets over the Carribean Sea. The long, trumpeting noise from a conch shell brings me out of my stupor and alerts me that it's time to eat dinner. Life on the Yandup Island Lodge is simple. My day revolves around three things – eating, tours and relaxing. Mornings involve beach tours to one of the small, surrounding deserted islands of the San Blas archipelago. Afternoon tours consist of cultural excursions learning about the Kuna Yala indian community in nearby Playon Chico. The rest of my time is spent on the wrap-around terrace of my over-water bungalow or snorkeling off the lodge's small white sand beach. No roads lead to this remote area — the Kuna Yala Nation is semi-autonomous , meaning there is little involvement by the federal government and infrastructure in the area. The only way to get here is by a 5-hour boat road or the one flight a day on a 20-passenger plane that leaves at 6 in the morning from Panama City. Getting here may be difficult, staying here is easy.