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CACIQUE CRUISER - Panama's most trusted agency for trips to Guna Yala

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We feel the most meaningful and inspiring travel experiences are those that make a connection between the natural beauty of a destination and the history & culture of it’s people. Our goal is that each guest returns feeling that their trip with Cacique Cruiser was their best experience in Panama, and that they will take away memories for a lifetime.





WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO


 

Cacique Cruiser is a licensed tour agency in Panama. However, Guna Yala is an autonomous indigenous region not under the control of Panamanian authorities. All regulations and enforcement of laws and practices are the responsibility of the Guna government.  This includes the licensing and conduct of indigenous boats, captains, guides and everyone else conducting operations in their territory.

Only Guna are allowed to operate in the territory. No foreigner, including Panamanians, are allowed to directly work, manage or enforce policies inside the Gunas autonomous territory. The vast majority of the cost guest pay is paid directly to locals with whom we contract services.  At no point is this money in our possession and at no point do we have the authority to  decide to give refunds on behalf of these providers.

With each of the trips we offer we request in our agreements that all local contractors abide by internationally recognized standards or safety and professionalism.  We also have daily processes on our side to monitor and attempt to influence our local contractor conduct. Our staff works very hard 7 days a week in an attempt to manage excellent outcomes for visitors from beginning to end.

However, ultimately only the Guna government is allowed and able to dictate and enforce standards.  Additionally the Guna government does not provide any support for guests or tour agencies in resolving complaints. Sometimes the Government decides to send all visitors out of the territory with little or no notice.  Generally this is done due to concerns with weather or closure of the only road in and out. When this happens we must comply.  If additional costs are incurred by visitors due to evacuations or closures the Guna government considers those costs the responsibility of the visitors.

Please understand that Guna Yala is unlike anywhere most people have been. It is remote, rustic, and primitive. The behaviors and practices of the locals that conduct operations is not always in line with the level of professionalism that many expect in international tourism.  Guna Yala is a beautiful and fascinating place, but it is more of an adventure travel destination than a traditional service oriented tourism destination.

 




 



 

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Different options to suit everyone's taste... 

El Original - chill edition

Our famous EL ORIGINAL package but with just 1 day trip INCLUDES: Round trip ground transport, pick up in Panama City between 5-6 a.m. on day 1 and arrive back about 7 p.m. on you last day All taxes Accomodations Basic meals Boat rides to and from the port 1 day trip to another beautiful beach island on one of your days  Bilingual guide on the day trip, who also stays on the island with you each night Snorkel equipment Departing from the islands at 3 p.m. instead of 8 a.m.  LOCATION: Asseryaladub PRICES: Dorm w/ shared restroom $190/ $40 per extra night Private w/ shared restroom $210/ $60 per additional night Additional 1/2 day trip - $25 1 night minimum, 4 nights maximum 2 guest minimum in private rooms ABOUT THE ISLAND & ACCOMODATIONS Asseryaladub island is operated by part of the family that owns it.  The cabanas and dorm are very basic, they have sand floors and lights in the evening only. The restrooms are seperate from all accomodations and very basic as well. There are 2 toilets and 2 showers shared between all guests. There are not outlets for charging in most of the cabanas however guests may charge devices in the restaurant area in the evening. The meals provided on the island are simple and they do not generally offer much variety.  Though we monitor the quality of food through guests and visits we do not control the menu.  We are constantly providing feedback to the islands in an effort to change this, but the reality is the meal quallities vary. It is reccomended that guests bring some snacks if they have big appetites or very specific dietary needs. We do not offer refunds or discount for rain or bad weather unless a trip is cancelled by us for safety reason.  May through October are months where it can rain very often, and November through April can have high winds that make the seas rough.  The weather changes often in the islands, our experienced guides and hosts do their best to keep guests dry, but the islands are a very rustic area and guests must be prepared accordingly for changing weather conditions. Please see our Refund Policy for more details.  Please take a look at out Terms and Conditions  for the trips. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT TO KNOW AND PACK

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El Original - island hopping edition

The Best and Longest Running Island Hopping Trip in San Blas! THE DIFFERENCE Expert local guides and a bilingual host. Day trips to new islands each day with: Music, snorkeling equipment, volleyball, lunch and a snack each day.. Meals are included starting with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last day.  A snorkeling trip to a shipwreck or amazing reefs (depending on amount of days you book) **THIS ISLAND IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED, IN THE MEANTIME WE ARE INCLUDING OTHER ISLANDS BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE ACCESIBLE SHIPWRIECKS** A visit to the sunken island with starfish (depending on amount of days you book) Visit to a Guna community on the last day of the trip​ (depending on amount of days you book and indigenous festivities it might not always be possible) ALSO ​INCLUDES Round trip ground transport, pick up in Panama City between 5-6 a.m. on day 1 and arrive back about 7 p.m. on you last day All taxes Accomodations Basic meals Boat rides to and from the port Departing from the islands at 3 p.m. instead of 8 a.m.  LOCATION Cabanas Aroma, Asseryaladub.  PRICES Private room w/ shared restroom $235/ $85 per extra night (2 guest minimum in a private room) Dorm w/ shared restroom $215/ $65 per extra night Price includes a new day trip each day for up to 4 days 1 night minimum, 4 nights maximum​ 2 guest minimum in a private rooms ABOUT THE ISLAND & ACCOMODATIONS Asseryaladup has 3 private Cabanas (Avg 2 guest per cabana) and 8 dormitory with 4 to 6 beds each. The cabanas and dorm are basic but comfortable, they have sand floors and lights in the evening. The restrooms are seperate from all accomodations and failry basic as well. There are 2 toilets and 2 showers shared between all guests. There are not outlets for charging in most of the cabanas however guests may charge devices in the restaurant area in the evening.     Cacique Cruiser provides a billengual local guide for this package.  This guide is with the guests throughout the day and stays on Asseryaladup each night as well. This is a guided group trip so the the route is planned between these islands 1-3 days ahead.  We will not be able to tell you which islands the trip will visit further in advance but we can tell you that you will see 1-2 of  our favorite islands each day. We do not offer refunds or discount for rain or bad weather unless a trip is cancelled by us for safety reason.  May through October are months where it can rain very often, and November through April can have high winds that make the seas rough.  The weather changes often in the islands, our experienced guides and hosts do their best to keep guests dry, but the islands are a very rustic area and guests must be prepared accordingly for changing weather conditions. Please see our Refund Policy for more details. Please take a look at out Terms and Conditions  for the trips. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO AND OUR RECCOMENDED PACKING LIST  

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The Coconut Express Day Trip

HOP ON THE COCONUT EXPRESS TO SPEND THE DAY ON A PERFECT, WHITE SAND, CARRIBBEAN ISLAND FEATURING Expert local guides. Day trip with: music, snorkeling equipment, volleyball, lunch and snacks. Lunch on the beach.  A snorkeling trip to a shipwreck or a visit to the sunken island with starfish. ALSO ​INCLUDES Round trip ground transport, pick up in Panama City between 5-6 a.m. on day 1 and arrive back about 7 p.m. All taxes Basic meals Boat rides to and from the port  PRICES $150 per guest  MORE DETAILS   Guests generally arrive to the first island between 930 and 10 a.m., and depart from the island for the port at approximately 3 p.m. Whenever possible we reccomend that guests spend at least 1 night in the islands.  This is because combined ground and boat transportation takes between 3-4 hours each way under normal circumstances.  Delays related to traffic, road blocks, lines at the entrance to the territory and police checkpoints, guest related delays, and weather can often add to this time. Cacique Cruiser provides a billengual local guide for this package.   This is a guided group trip so the the route is planned between these islands 1-3 days ahead.  We will not be able to tell you which islands the trip will visit further in advance but we can tell you that you will see 1-2 of  our favorite islands each day. Guests on Coconut Express will get the opportunity to visit the famous shipwreck at Isla Perro OR one of the sunken islands popular for snorekling and seeing starfish.  We do not offer refunds or discount for rain or bad weather unless a trip is cancelled by us for safety reason.  May through October are months where it can rain very often, and November through April can have high winds that make the seas rough.  The weather changes often in the islands, our experienced guides and hosts do their best to keep guests dry, but the islands are a very rustic area and guests must be prepared accordingly for changing weather conditions. Please see our Refund Policy for more details. Please take a look at out Terms and Conditions  for the trips. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO AND OUR RECCOMENDED PACKING LIST

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