We spent three days on the islands and loved it! Here are just a few of the many pictures we took:
There are over 350 islands in the Comarca de Kuna Yala. Only about 40 of them are inhabited though. Each community is run as its own village and several leaders from varying communities are chosen to represent the Kuna Yala with the government of Panama.
The island we stayed on is called Wichupwala and is only about a 5 minute boat ride from the island that has the airport on it.
The house has molas hanging all over it on display for visitors to buy. Kuna women sew molas for tourism and also for their own use as clothing. Each mola is several different layers of fabric with tiny designs and stitching to hold them together.
The man in the doorway is employed by the hotel we stayed at as a guide. Each day he took us to a different island to go snorkeling and lay on the beach. Isla del Perro was where we went the first day.
This storm was crazy! All the kids on the island were super excited to play in the rain…some of them even took the opportunity to get out the shampoo and wash their hair!
The community has a system of piping from the roofs of the buildings into large storage tanks. The rainwater that gets collected is used for bathing.
One of the other travelers we were with caught a crab while snorkeling. The family on the island boiled it up for us and we shared it for dessert after lunch.
During our afternoon on this island, the family that lived there was smoking fish and cooking plantains. Alex gave our camera to one of the local boys and he took a fews pictures for us….I have included the one of the food, but not the one of him and his brother goofing around…
We bought this blue mola. She is holding it up to approximately where it would be worn traditionally. The molas are used as a decoration around the stomach area over a regular shirt. The women also often have beaded ankle decorations that go most of the way up their shins. I’m sorry that I cut her feet out of the picture and you can’t see them!