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  1. About American Heritage
  2. Travels Inward and Out
  3. Panama and Costa Rica Through the Senses
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Gloria is coping graciously. I met Sandra, who owns a villa here, in the first year. They own a home near Panama city, and a villa here at the beach, and are deeply engaged in good works through their evangelical church. They help orphans and abused children, fostering them in their home if necessary.

About American Heritage

They have two biological daughters. One is rescuing and neutering the myriad of abandoned dogs that clog Panama streets and villages — she funds the effort online. The other daughter rescues chickens that are too frail to thrive and are left to die of starvation. Sandra says they are here for the long haul — she no longer finds the U. They rent one or the other of their properties through AirBnb to augment their income and to have something to do. Just casually, she mentioned that among their myriad pets is a one legged hermaphrodite monkey — the other leg having been chewed off by one of their dogs in an aggressive moment.

Iguanas do not usually come this close to human habitats, but Gloria says they have become almost domesticated because they seem to know that hunting them is now prohibited. I ate iguana now and then.

Travels Inward and Out

With so little protein available, an iguana was a good, free catch. Ours is sunning himself. He did move along when he sensed me taking his pic, but not fast. Archie has a treasure shelf, and he wanted a flag of Panama. New experiences.

Panama and Costa Rica Through the Senses

I tell all of the Panamanians that their time with me is about new experiences, and they seem to like that way of framing things that move them outside their comfort zone. I think what she has sounds like fibromyalgia, which may or may not even be a diagnosis here. Afterward, she was positively giddy and said she felt liberated and as if she was floating on a cloud. I countered that there is nothing particularly cloud-inducing about grocery shopping, which again evoked the giggles. We are eating around dusk, which means the bats come out in full force.

That is the plus side. And as with all paradises there has to be a downside. At Panama Travel Unlimited we believe in honesty above all else, including getting your business. As a native people they have fought hard to maintain their dignity and culture and must be one of the most successful indigenous groups in the world for having done so.

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Tourism is allowed in San Blas only at their discretion and at times they maintain strict controls over it. This means that all transportation and accommodation options in San Blas are owned and operated by the Kuna people. From the moment you are picked up from your hotel, to the moment that you return to your hotel you are in the hands of businesses that are NOT operated by Panama Travel Unlimited. The transport is operatd on a shared basis and they have to pick up other passengers so will sometimes be late to pick you up and to return you home. They may stop along the way to make stops that are unscheduled, they may try to fit one extra person in the car.

The music could be too loud and there could be mechanical problems. We will then confirm a reservation for you and ask you for payment. We will ONLY confirm a reservation with you once we have received confirmation from the hotel. We ask for a payment as the hotels in San Blas usually request full payment before your arrival. Now, as anywhere in the world, problems can arise and mistakes can be made. It has been known that a hotel can cancel at short notice, even though a deposit or full payment has been made.

This is rare and we try not to work with the hotels that have done this. If this does happen then we will make all efforts to find you a new place to stay and to obtain a refund from the original hotel.

Accommodation will be very basic and you may well be sleeping in a grass hut with a sand floor. But I guess that is part of the attraction right? The food is hit and miss and will often depend on what they are able to catch or buy of local fisherman. Breakfast is often some bread and cheese or a spread like nutella, some of the more upmarket options will include fresh fruit and an egg. Lunch and dinner will normally be rice, plantains, salad, veg, beans, and either fish or chicken.

Tomatoe pasta is also sometimes served and to be frank is not that great. You usually get what you pay for. We try and give an honest idea of what food to expect at each place, but what they tell us may be very different to what they serve up, so we rely on you our clients to tell us if something is not as described so we can either alter the description or try and get them to fulfil what they promise and this goes for everything in the San Blas. There customer service is very different to what you might be used to, some may see it as quirky, others rude but remember you are in their paradise.

Also the San Blas islands does have a problem with rubbish collection especially around the town islands and on the beaches facing the ocean as rubbish from passing cargo ships often washes up. There are programs in place to clean up the islands but just be aware that not all the beaches will be spotless and always take your rubbish out with you when possible. But as a company we promise that we will do our best to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible. If you do have any problems then we will do our best to solve them.

We have years of working in Panama and our reputation matters to us, a lot. If you do have complaints then be sure to let us know and give us the opportunity to solve them. Water and snack food buy this the day before as the transport may not stop at a supermarket 3. A light jacket for late afternoon boat rides 4. Towel and swimming gear 5. Your own snorkelling equipment as those in San Blas often have had a lot of use or are not supplied at all.

You can but them cheaply in Panama City 6. Change of clothes 7. Cameras, but be aware you may be charged to use your camera on certain islands or to take photos of people.

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All prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Panama Travel Unlimited is not liable for price increases imposed by suppliers. Full payment can also be made at this time if client prefers. Cancellation of tours that are done in writing more than 4 weeks prior to tour departure are entitled to a full refund minus any Credit Card or Bank fees paid.