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Transportation from Panama City to Los Puertos in the Guna Yala Region (formerly known as San Blas)

Transportation Options:

* Ground transportation:

Go2SanBlas Tours: offers transportation services: “PRIVATE” or “SHARED” in 4th cars with professional drivers, commercial insurance and daily maintenance. We make trips every day of the year, in the morning and noon. We start from anywhere in the province of Panama: Hotels, Hostels, Residences, Neighborhoods.

Our travel services involve looking for travelers to where they are, as long as the security conditions in the area are adequate. To request our services or acquire more information you can call us at +507 3902971 or +507 6453-3427, and we will be providing the requested services, either in Private or Shared option, always offering you a good deal, punctuality and security in each travel.

Difference between Private Transportation and Shared Transportation:

** PRIVATE TRANSPORT

  • SecurityNew Cars 4x4, A / C, Daily Maintenance, Commercial Insurance, Professional Drivers, Authorized by the Kuna General Congress (CGK)
  • Flexibility in Travel SchedulesBecause it is a private trip, travelers can choose the best time to pick them up in the morning and to return from the islands.
  • Greater Travel ComfortOnly the number of people requested is traveling in the vehicle.
  • Shortest Travel TimeThe travel time is less than approximately 2 hours, because you do not have to wait or pick up other travelers at different locations when leaving the city and when returning from the Port.
  • Greater PrivacyBecause only known people, family or friends who hire the tour travel and not other unknown travelers.
  • Disadvantages The only disadvantage of this type of option would be a higher cost, although for the benefits it would be one of the best options.

** SHARED TRANSPORTATION:

  • Security. New Cars 4x4, A / C, Daily Maintenance, Commercial Insurance, Professional Drivers, Authorized by the Kuna General Congress (CGK)
  • Low CostThe option of shared transport is cheaper.
  • Disadvantages Different people from other tours travel in the car or vehicle up to a capacity of 6 people per car, you cannot choose the number of people to travel in it.
  • DisadvantagesDeparture Schedule from Panama is from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. .. There is no flexibility in schedules, because you have to pick up travelers at different points.
  • Disadvantages The travel time is greater from approximately 2:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., because you have to wait or pick up other travelers in different places, and sometimes some are attracted at the time of Departure, at the time of Returning the vehicle can not leave until they have approached the travelers of the different tours.

Description of the Tour from Panama to Guna Yala:

A- Time Travel Distance (Hours and Minutes)

To travel by land from the Panama City until the Guna Yala region, specifically to the Ports of Cartí (Niga Kantule, Dubin, Barsukum or Carti Tupile), travels in the direction of Tocumen, passing through December 24, until arriving at Chepo, specifically to the area called “El Llano”, marked with the sign of kilometer “71”, where the deviation of the road that goes to San Blas is located. The average time it takes to drive from the “City” to “El Llano”: approximately 1:30 hours to 2 hours. And from this “El Llano” to the “Puerto de Cartí” is approximately 45 min to 1 hour, all this depending on the degree of driver experience, traffic and weather conditions.

B- Travel distance in (Kilometers)

The average distance in “Kilometers” from Panama City, taking as reference the area of “the Banking Zone” to the “Guna Yala Region”, specifically to the Ports in Cartí are: approximately “111kms”. Which can be divided into 2 sections:

First Section:From Panama City Up to “El Llano”: 71 kms.

Second Section: From La Altura del Llano to “Puertos en Carti”: 40 kms.

DATA TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT:

* In the km 19 of the area of Guna Yala, the Control stations are located: of the Police (Senafront) and the one of the General Congress Guna (CGK).

* At the Police control station you are asked to show personal identity documents: Passport Card, this as a control measure.

* At the Congress control station, each traveler must pay an Entrance Tax, charged as a contribution to the “Maintenance and Conservation” of the “Nusagandi Forest Reserve” Area, which ranges from Km 0 to km 40.

* The Nusagandi Forest Reserve is considered by scientists one of the “10 most important in the world”, which preserves 80% of its natural state. The Highest Pointcan be seen in the Mirador area which is 800 meters above sea level (2,640 feet). The Biological Center for Conservation (CEBICON) responsible for monitoring the area can be found located at 450 meters above sea level (1,500 feet).

COUNTRY ENTRY TAX (Currency: $ Dollar):

* Panamanians and Residents: Usd. $ 5.00 per person

* Foreigners: Usd. $ 20.00 for person

REASON FOR TAX COLLECTION:

The tax charged upon entry into the San Blas Region is a tax established by the highest authority in the area of Guna Yala, called the Kuna General Congress (CGK), it is requested for the benefit of the Indigenous People, to the development of various programs and activities, among which we can mention:

* Conservation of the Forest Reserve, one of the 10 most important in the world, at 80% of its natural state.

* Strengthening and Promotion of Traditions and Indigenous Culture in the various villages.

* Investment in Education and Training at all levels.

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Aquatic transport

Go2SanBlas Tours: offers water transport services in 15-passenger capacity boats with experienced bikers and guides. We make trips every day of the year, in the morning hours 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Starting from any of the ports in Carti, especially the Sugdub Port.

Distance from Puerto de Carti to the Islands

In the Carti area there are 4 ports, where you can board one of the boats that will be taking you to the island (s) where you are going to visit, These ports are:

*Puerto de Niga Kantule o Sugdub,

*Puerto de Dubbin,

*Puerto de Barsukum y

*Puerto de Carti-Tupile.

The Average Distance from the Port to: the area of Porvenir Island: is 10.58 km; to the area of Cayos Limones: it is 10 km; to the area of Dutch Keys is: 34km; to Los Grullos Cays Area is: 18km

The Average Boat Trip Time from these Ports to: the “El Porvenir” Area and the “Cayos Limones” area is approximately: 30 min; to the area of “Dutch Keys” is approximately: 2 hours; to the area of “Cayos Los Grullos” is approximately: 45min

Islands that you can visit by means of Water Transportation

In the Area of the Future, we can find the following islands: El Porvenir Island, Wichubuwla Island, Wailidup Island, Kikirdup Island, Ukupdup Island, Sindup Island, Nalunega Island, Gorbiski Island, Gorbiskibipi Island, Gardi Mammidup Island, Guigaladup Island, Werwerdup Island, Pargo Island, Hicaco Island, Mosquito Island, Mamey Island, Sand Island, Rice Island

On the Área de Cayos Limones, We can find the following islands: Aguja Island, Aroma Island, Iguana Island, Coco Blanco Island, Crab Island, Fragata Island, Big Dog Island, Diablo Island, Chico Dog Island, Yansailadup Island, Pelicano Island, Masargandup Island, Chichime Island, Wichudup Island , Ogobsibudup Island, Nidirbidup Island, Gagandup Island, Isgardup Island, Guigaladuppbipi Island, Sichirdup Island, Guigaladupdummad Island, Nugaruecherdup Island, Elopguadup Island, Banedupdummad Island, Goledup Island, Nuimudupm Island, Misdupmadmad Island, Odu Island, Misdupmadmadm Island Wichubduppabarkined, Wichubdupbibi Island, Punto Mono Island, Gallinazo Bone Island, Coibita Island, Soga Island, Puerco de Monte Island, Warsodup Island, Pino Island

On the Área de Cayos Holandeses, We can find the following islands: Aggwadargana Island, Wagsagladup Island, Miriadup Island, Wisidup Island, Miria Diadup Island, Esmeddup Island, Niagalubir Island, Sibadup Island, Ogop Bugip Island, Wegodup Island, Ugubsibudup Island, Goledup Island, Galubir Island, Biriadupp Island Inabiadup Island, Morodup Island, Esmeddup Island, Gwindup Island, Diadup Island, Banedup Island

In the Los Grullos Cays Area, we can find the following islands: Guanidup Island, Tuba Senika Island, Naranjo Chico Island, Franklin Island, Senidup Island, Naranjo Grande Island, Guani Island, Rio Sidra Island, Mouse Island, Piderdup Island, Morón Island .

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Air Transport

Airplane Distance

To travel to the Guna Yala Region by air transport you must book a flight at the Albrook Airport called (Marcos A. Gelabert), by calling: +507 316 9000.There are several airstrips in the Region:

* 1-Airport of the Isla El Porvenir;

* 2-Airport on Rio Sidra Island;

*3-Airport of the isla Corazón de Jesús;

*4-Airport on Playon Chico;

*5-Airport on Mulatupo;

*6-Airport on Achutupu;

*7-Puerto Obaldia.

The flight leaves from Albrook at: 6:00 a.m. and from the island at 6:45 a.m.-7: 00 a.m. The average flight time from Albrook Airport to the Airport on Porvenir Island is 20 minutes

The average distance in kilometers to travel by plane from Albrook to Porvenir Island is: 100km

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