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San Blas daytour + railroad vs overnight San Blas

Charleston
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San Blas daytour + railroad vs overnight San Blas

Will have 2 days in Panama City for travel - my option are one day take the railroad across canal to the fort/gatun locks and another doing a daytrip to SanBlas vs go to San Blas overnight (I will spend 2 days in Gamboa and PC after that)

Thanks - whats there to do in San Blas other than beach and native village? Thanks

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1. Re: San Blas daytour + railroad vs overnight San Blas

My advice would be to do the 2 days in San Blas. Getting to and from San Blas takes a few hours so trying to cram it in one day would be exhausting.

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2. Re: San Blas daytour + railroad vs overnight San Blas

Also note that the railroad stops in Colon (not Gatun). So you would have to arrange transport from Colon to Gatun....making for an even longer day. If you want to see both the canal and San Blas then maybe a trip to San Blas and then a visit to Miraflores locks (great Canal exhibit there overlooking the locks).

I agree with overnighting in San Blas, its a long haul just to get to Carti docks on the mainland and then more time to get to the island where you will be staying. You can fly of course and cut down on travel time, but still a lot of travel overhead for a short visit.

What to do in the San Blas. San Blas forturnately is not highly developed for tourism with lots of artificially created rubbish like zip lining. The Kuna have been uniquely successful at maintaining their culture. So yes, the things to do there consist of what is naturally there: crystal clear water, great snorkeling, hundreds of small islands with small protected (calm water) beaches...and of course the unique Kuna culture (there is a small rustic "museum" of Kuna culture on Carti). There are many launchas (boats) running day trips for tourists to popular snorkeling spots and beaches.

Most of the islands in San Blas are unpopulated (or nearly so), but those that are populated are extremely densely populated (and unfortunatley waste management is not a strong aspect of Kuna culture). These are the islands where you can best immerse yourself in Kuna culture, but not where you want to go swimming or snorkeling...the many unpopulated islands are where you want to go for that. There are a number of rustic (even primitive by some standards) accomodations available on some of the less populated islands.

Charleston
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3. Re: San Blas daytour + railroad vs overnight San Blas

So if we do the overnight, what Islands are best to stay on or does it not matter? and is it that pretty much all of tge departures back at 7 am?

Now would you guys recomend this over doing the Chargas River trip to see native village?

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4. Re: San Blas daytour + railroad vs overnight San Blas

Those are two different things - it is a personal matter.

By the way - the railroad only has one train each way, so that limits flexibility if you use that.

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5. Re: San Blas daytour + railroad vs overnight San Blas

One day will be too exhausting and you will have only few hour to enjoy there. I suggest you to stay one night if you are OK with very basics cabins.

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