Venture with Thread Caravan and I Travel by Boat as we explore the Guna Yala islands this December 29th until January 3rd. The islands are home to the Guna people, a sovereign indigenous group that retains much of their heritage and traditions.

We'll connect with locals to learn about how they became sovereign and about the complexity of hand-embroidering mola textiles, while also having time to share stories, sail, snorkel, and hang out on small tropical islands.

Trip Dates: 

December 29, 2018 - January 3, 2019


Panama City + Guna Yala islands


$1800 (can be paid in full or in three separate installments )

Cost Includes:

  • In-Country Transportation: You get to the Panama City airport and we'll do the rest. Airport taxi pickup, a 4x4 truck, a water taxi and a sailboat will be our modes of transport.
  • Accommodation: Boutique hotel accommodation in the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City, followed by 4 nights sleeping on the sailboat. ***Rooms are double occupancy. Rooms on the boat are small. Please let us know if you are booking with someone you'd like to share a room with. If you are not traveling with someone and would like to have a private room, please let us know and we can arrange it at an extra cost.
  • Food: Wholesome meals cooked daily by the boat crew using fresh, local produce and fish. Snacks, coconuts and fresh juices throughout the day.
  • Alcoholic Drinks:  Enjoy an optional white wine or a nice cold cerveza at the end of each day.
  • Art Education: A fair wage to Guna artisan instructors who will teach us about the mola-making craft, as well as a financial contribution to their artisan organization, providing a safe place for women to gather and make molas.
  • Supplies: You will be provided with the necessary materials to practice mola-making with the locals.
  • Support: A local and foreign guide will accompany the group, offering participants their combined knowledge of the region while making sure everything runs smoothly. In addition, Thread Caravan and I Travel by Boat staff is available to answer questions and assist with trip preparations. 
  • Gift: Special arrival gift with handmade treats to help you enjoy the experience. 

Additional Expenses:

  • Airfare: We've found that flights from the U.S. range from approximately $300-$700 depending on the airline and how far in advance you book. We are happy to help you arrange flights or put you in touch with a travel agent. 
  • Personal Travel Insurance: We require all participants to have personal travel insurance. This will cover things like illness, flight cancellations, theft, etc. We can help you arrange insurance with a provider.

Getting There and Away:

This trip starts and ends at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. You get there and we'll handle the rest. If you need help booking a flight, please contact us.

Other Info:

  • Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required; however routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid are suggested by the Center for Disease Control.
  • VISA: If you are a U.S. citizen and traveling to Panama for under 180 days, you do not need a Visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you may need a Visa. You can check on this website
  • Passport Validity: In order to enter Panama, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days following your departure date. You must also have at least one blank page in your passport.

Words from Past Travelers:

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" It's so nice to know you are in good hands, with insider knowledge and expertise provided, transportation and meals planned, and the perfect mix of time to do your own thing and be with the group.' 

"I learned so much about a remote and little-known culture with a bold history. The islands are the kind you thought only existed as computer screensavers and the snorkeling is like being inside of an aquarium.'

"Besides getting this incredibly intimate experience with the beautiful and impressive women of Guna Yala, the sailing lifestyle is something everyone should experience at least for a moment in time; it's truly freeing. I can't stop raving about this trip, and it has set the bar high for all future travels!"

-Brianna George

"Thread Caravan has a unique ability to create experiences that are not only massively educational and adventurous, but also somehow leave the typical "touristy" vibe behind. Being able to travel with Caitlin and the Thread Caravan group to Guna Yala on the Panama trip was unbelievable. The places we saw were breathtaking and the people we were able to connect with shared meaningful stories with us. I am generally not a fan of "group travel" as I like to go off on my own, but I'd sign up for another Thread Caravan trip today."

-Kestrel Jenkins

More trip reviews from past travelers here.

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