The San Blas Islands are an archipelago of 378 tiny islands, only 50 of which are populated by an indigenous tribe called Guna or Kuna. The islands are part of the Republic of Panama and located northwest of the isthmus. This first photo off the starboard side of the ship shows how small even the populated islands are and how far we have to travel in the ship’s life boats in order to visit. While it did not rain on us, as you can see, the day was cloudy.
The Guna are famous for making molas such as the one in this photo. An important part of their identity and economy, these colorful creations are made by a process of applique’ and reverse applique’ on multiple layers of cotton fabric. They are then added to clothing and worn everyday or to celebrate special occasions.
Tomorrow we cross the Panama Canal and dock in Panama City. In preparation for this I read The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough. I highly recommend that book for anyone interested in the most significant engineering feat of the twentieth century.