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L’Eclectik: The San Blas Islands

Published on 18 may 2017 at 0h00

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Spending hurricane season in the San Blas has been a pleasant surprise for the whole family.  The archipelago provides a paradise-like backdrop, bordered by coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and the whole bathed by turquoise waters which are home to very rich flora and fauna, protected by the native people, the “Kuna Yala”.  The San Blas story is one of an Amerindian culture spread over 360 islands, of which only around sixty are inhabited.  But it’s also a place where navigating requires particular vigilance, given the numerous coral reefs which do not appear on the charts, whether you’re using CM93 or Navionics.  Fortunately there is a cruising guide, written by Eric Bauhaus, with charts and routes showing access to the anchorages.  During our stay we had the chance to interact with the Kuna population and learn a bit about their culture and their know-how, notably the famous Molas, handmade fabric designs, plaids and also the incredible construction of dugout canoes or pirogues, handcrafted from wood with machetes.  While some parts of the population live self-sufficiently and are ...

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