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Playon Chico Kuna Yala, 0838 Panama
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Yandup Island Lodge is the perfect getaway in the Caribbean of the Kuna Indians, in the San Blas Archipelago. Perfect place to relax in a hammock, enjoy the sea breeze and the sound of the waves and birds. In this private island with coconut palms, surrounded by coral reefs and a small beach you will enjoy the wonders of nature and the interesting Kuna culture.
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Playon Chico Kuna Yala, 0838 Panama
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Ustupo-Ogobsucum Airport24 miSee all flights
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Jeannine J wrote a review Jan 2020
Merksem, Belgium90 contributions30 helpful votes
We spent two days on the island, enough to have a glimpse of how paradise looks like, but also to realize that not everything in life can be perfect. Two days of full sunshine during which the Kuna people organized 2 excursions per day (beautiful beaches on other islands, snorkeling, a small cruise through the mangroves to spot birds and alligators, a visit to the community). The food was simple but very tasteful; they took into account that we could not eat certain things and adapted the menu. Friendly staff although the communication was not always perfect with each one of them, which is normal. There was very heavy rain during our last night, so the middle of our cabaña (one over the water, very romantics) was wet when we woke up. Do not put any of your stuff there when it rains.
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Date of stay: December 2019
o2floss wrote a review Dec 2019
Toronto, Canada8 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I along with some friends travelled here for a few days. It was great however come prepared for a remote experience. That is no cellphone no wifi no television no hot water and sometimes limited electricity however it was perfect. The service is great the food is terrific and the tours are very interesting. The only drawback is getting there. You have to fly from Panama City in a small plane both ways. If you can book far enough in advance you can go with Air Panama but if not you will need a private charter which can be unreliable.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TDM-Travel wrote a review Nov 2019
Houston, Texas21 contributions7 helpful votes
If you need AC, or internet access, if you need a wine list or lunch/dinner menus, if you need a supermarket or mall within 20 miles radius, then this lodge and island is not for you. If you want to unplug, to enjoy beautiful little islands and beaches, to enjoy fresh fish daily and a simple life surrounded by friendly local people like Tomas, then you should come here! We stayed 5 nights - most other tourists only two nights which we think might not be enough to unplug and have the opportunity to explore all Yandup Island lodge has to offer if you want to be active or just relax.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: The over the water villas !
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smapenzi wrote a review Nov 2019
san miguel allende, mexico35 contributions10 helpful votes
I really wanted to go to the San Blas Islands and I only had 2 days, David made everything possible so I could get there, he got me a private plane that I shared with other 2 guest, and we arrived in Playon Chico where they were waiting for us to take us to the Lodge, is a very quiet place, with really good and fresh food, the staff is so nice, we went to Playon Chico to visit the Kunas, and buy many Molas is the best place to do it!! the next day we went to a private island and then back to see the Kunas the guide explained how is their life and I have a new apreciación for them,. the palapas are simple but very nice, the windows are open so you get a breeze. there are gekos who will visit your room but is part of the experience. swinging in the hamoc is the best feeling ever!!
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Date of stay: November 2019
Hayley B wrote a review Sep 2019
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I visited Yandup with my son and daughter. We really didn't know what to expect, but we had the most amazing time, that they cannot stop talking about the experience, and want to go back next summer. Tomas was amazing - his knowledge of the Kuna people and the local history was so in depth. My kids loved fishing with him and enjoyed the fresh cocnuts. They were fascinated by the simple living with no air conditioning, thatched roofs and open windows. However, with a nice breeze in the evening, lightening storm on the horizon and bioluminescent plankton - how could this not be paradise My children are not used to eating sea food, but I was happy to see them try a variety of fish, and crab and even one tried the delicious octopus. My son was confused why the pinapple tasted so different from home (his first introduction to fresh pinapple). Don't go it you are looking for an air conditioned chain hotel - this is a true immersion into the life of the Kuna, and I wouldn't change a thing (except book for more than two nights next time) We hope to be back soon (mom and kids - 9 and10)
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Yandup Island Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Yandup Island Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, airport transportation, and snorkeling.
What food & drink options are available at Yandup Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Does Yandup Island Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Yandup Island Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Yandup Island Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Yandup Island Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.