A Portrait of Panama – Cambutal, Casco Viejo & The San Blas Islands


In March I spent three weeks in Panama. The first week was for the Just Add Water Yoga Retreat, led by my good friend Caitlin Marcoux.  I just blogged this and you can see them by clicking here. After the retreat I set out for a few weeks of solo adventure, meeting new friends and of course spending time with horses, something I try to do anywhere I go! In Cambutal I spent time with Roberto and the horses of Los Buzos. We rode through the mountains, stopped by his village to meet his family and also galloped down the beach to end the day. It’s always a fun challenge to photograph while flying around on the horses. After such a magical time in Cambutal I took a few local busses up to Panama City where I fell in love with Casco Viejo also known as ‘Old Town’ Panama. There is beautiful old architecture and a city with a lot of character – and characters! One day I wandered down the street and saw amazing art work through a tiny door….I walked in and introduced myself in my broken Spanish. I was lucky to meet Frank and Paul of ‘Eventos Especiales’ where they build the floats and sculptures for Carnival and other events in Panama. I spent time at their workshop and got to see a really interesting behind the scenes of their work. I also spent time at the local fish market.  Lastly in this post there’s a collection of photos from the San Blas Islands. I kept hearing about these islands and was so intrigued. A place here the Kuna Indians rule the islands and self govern, where they still dress in traditional clothing of beautiful Molas. There are about 375 islands scattered throughout the Caribbean Coast of Panama. The crystal clear blue waters, dreamy sunsets and interesting people we met made for a truly incredible few days. The trip to Panama reminded me the importance of not knowing what the next moment or the next day will look like. Embracing the unknown is one of my favorite parts of traveling and when you go it alone I believe you grow in truly unique ways. Being open to getting outside of your comfort zone and talking to strangers is a beautiful thing. Here is ‘A Portrait of Panama’ hoping to go back someday and photograph more, maybe even Carnival with the crew from ‘Eventos Especiales.’

Enjoy! – Katie K.


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