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Anbabnega Lodge is a beautiful 10-room eco-friendly hotel nestled on an island inhabited by Kuna Indians, living as they have for hundreds of years. The structure was built by the Kuna people using traditional materials, but has the conveniences of running water (showers/toilets) and solar powered lighting. Three delicious meals and daily trips to see other beautiful islands are included in our prices. We have staff that speaks English, Spanish, French, and Kuna. Anbabnega Lodge is not a five star resort! We provide basic comforts and the opportunity to explore the beautiful islands of Kuna Yala while also experiencing Kuna life and culture.
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WanderingPTY wrote a review Dec 2016
Panama City, Panama29 contributions2 helpful votes
La situación del lodge es prácticamente en el centro del archipiélago de San Blas, ofrece entretenimiento variado, desde pesca y buceo con arpón, es un islote sin orillas continentales pues cae de inmediatamente a un fondo azul de casi 125 metros de profundidad ideal para la navegación hasta tierra. Yo, por lo general siempre pago por un hidrotaxi para llegar ahí a pescar y contar estrellas, la oscuridad es casi envolvente de noche al punto de no ver solo luces de vela y fuego de las demás islas e islotes lejanos. Si está en un catamaran o yate es buen punto medio para descansar y luego seguir el viaje hasta... Colombia.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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PamelaRC wrote a review Jan 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina20 contributions27 helpful votes
Lo primero que debe saberse de este lugar es que esta ubicado en la isla Carti Tupile, en la cual viven la mayoría de los nativos y donde NO HAY PLAYA. Yo sabía esto, pero realmente no imagine como era la comunidad. Yo la imagine mucho más "pintoresca" de lo que realmente fue. Pocas mujeres se vestían con la ropa que se ven en las fotos, los hombres estaban borrachos y siempre íbamos a todos lados acompañados por alguien del hotel para evitar "problemas". El botecito con el que te transportan es muy pequeño, y ante el mar abierto picado estaba al borde de tumbarse continuamente (con todas nuestras pertenencias valiosas). Además no sucedía que simplemente te mojabas un poco, el agua golpeaba fuertemente contra todo tu cuerpo constantemente dado que era muy bajo. El resto de los hoteles transportaba a sus pasajeros en lanchitas más grandes, altas y techadas. Nos habían dicho que tendríamos duchas y las dos noches que dormimos allí no funcionaron y, además, nos enteramos en realidad jamas tuvieron. No nos molestó mucho porque sabíamos que las condiciones iban a ser precarias pero deberían haberlo notificado. Lo más terrible sucedió al final del viaje. El hotel fue pagado para que nos transportaran nuevamente a Ciudad de Panamá y ellos coordinaban todo con el conductor. Para que tengan contexto, solo se puede salir de la zona Kuna Yala hasta las 5 de la tarde ya que el camino en coche es muy peligroso. Por ello, a las tres y media el conductor debía estar allí y jamás llego. Nosotras debíamos tomar un vuelo ya pago al día siguiente, por lo que no podíamos quedarnos una noche extra. Nuestro estres y desesperación aumentaba. Casi a las cinco de la tarde llego la coordinadora del hotel a donde estábamos esperando hacia más de una hora al conductor, DESESPERADAS. Termino pagándole a la ultima camioneta que estaba en la zona, rogándole que nos lleve a Ciudad de Panamá. Por suerte accedieron y llegamos unas horas más tarde, pero durante todo el camino (que es el único que permite acceder a Kuna Yala), jamás nos cruzamos con la camioneta del conductor que debía buscarnos. Siempre me pregunto que sucedió con la familia de finlandeses que se quedaron atrás esperándola. Kuna Yala es precario, pero esto se fue de tema....muy desorganizado. Dejando de lado el hotel, las islas que vas a visitar son increíbles!!! Recomiendo que vayan a otras de las islas como las que ven en las fotos de San Blas para tener una experiencia más agradable y exótica. De esa forma sentirán que están en el paraíso que es San Blas. En éste lodge, sentirán que esta en barrio nada vistoso ni pintoresco.
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Date of stay: February 2013
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Room Tip: Las habitaciones están OK. Ojo con la cacatúa que entra en los cuartos en cualquier momento del...
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wavypearl wrote a review Apr 2013
New York City, New York58 contributions74 helpful votes
I'll start by saying this place isn't for everyone. If you're going to whine about things like electricity or cry because you don't have Western-style lodging, then you really shouldn't stay here. However, if you are open-minded and can handle nature and an interesting culture for a few, then try it out. It was my favorite experience in Panama. I traveled to Panama as a solo female. I booked online through the Lodge's site. At 4 am, I was picked up in a 4 x 4 at my hotel in Panama City, taken through the rainforest, and onto Kuna Yala land. We arrived at the dock to Carti Tupile, where there is a tiny waiting area for Kunas to travel to and from the little islands in the San Blas archipelago, which is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. The Kuna are an amazing, proud people, and live true to their culture. As a Westerner, you do feel out of place, but in a fantastic, humbling sort of way. My driver waited with me until a young Kuna guy picked me up in his canoe. Landed on one of the island, Carti Tupile, which was so small, you could walk the whole of it in 5 minutes or so. Walking on dirt roads, we passed by huts and a school and a tiny store to the back of the island, to the lodge. The lodge has a bathroom, which isn't always functional, but welcome to the islands, man. The bed was comfortable enough and I loved the view, and the balcony. There was a parrot walking around but it's not dangerous. Hung out with Antonio and Pepe. Pepe took me around to the other islands in the canoe, I had a chance to go the playa (beach), get a wicked tan, enjoy the water, walk under coconut trees, as well as visit slightly larger Kuna-inhabited islands. It was so much fun riding btw the little islands in a canoe, especially when the waters got a bit choppy (but it never tipped over!). I even went to a Kuna museum and saw some kids practicing for a dance ceremony and play basketball. It was so cool hanging out with and getting to know the Kunas. I speak limited Spanish and no Kuna, but we were able to communicate and laugh and share stories. It was pretty cool hearing about how the Kuna had fought off the Panamanians and Western conquerors for centuries and maintained their culture. That night, Antonio, who takes care of the lodge, had prepared an amazing dinner for me. I also walked around the little island with the lodge and bought tons of beers (only a buck a pop) and shared them with some of the Kuna men hanging around. We also talked, laughed, sat on the rocks, enjoyed the sunset. Talked to as many Kuna as I could. They are very friendly and I was the only foreigner/tourist on the island at the time. Hung out with Antonio/Pepe at the Lodge and then went to bed. There is no electricity or Internet but that is the magic of this place. You are around eternal beauty and nature so you don't need any of that other stuff. But the folks here really take care of you. I never once felt unsafe. I only stayed one night unfortunately. Everyone wakes up at the crack of dawn - due to the roosters and lack of electricity. And the day begins anew. I left that morning by canoe and was sad to go. I was picked up by my same driver at the "bus stop" and returned to Panama City. I had a blast with Antonio and Pepe. Miss you guys! Much love, Josie.
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Date of stay: August 2012
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pkibbee wrote a review Apr 2013
Binghamton, New York114 contributions40 helpful votes
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I had made it clear that I wanted to spend my time visiting several islands and purchasing molas during my trip. I was promised a boat and escort the first day which never materialized. The second day I grudgintly was quickly taken to two nearby islands and that was it. There is absolutely no electricity at the Lodge, and very little illumination in the evening. The community toilets don't flush and there is only occasionally water to wash your hands. The food was mediocure at best. If you didn't speak Spanish you were out of luck as no one spoke any English. One the plus side the Lodge was on the wate with a nice view from the balconyr. There was only one chair in the whole place. There were two hammocks and a picnic table downstairs.
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Date of stay: March 2013
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DutchCouple070 wrote a review Sep 2012
The Hague, The Netherlands14 contributions3 helpful votes
Ons verblijf hier was het hoogtepunt van onze reis door Costa Rica en Panama. We hebben hier een bijzonder mooie tijd gehad, midden in de gemeenschap van de Kuna-indianen. Oud en nieuw lopen door elkaar heen. Links zijn ze aan het bellen en rechts is de medicijnman zijn gebed aan het doen en de chief een vergadering aan het voorzitten in zijn hangmat. Een uniek kijkje in een gemeenschap waar je normaal nooit komt of onderdeel van bent. Wij waren de enige 4 blanke toeristen, op een eiland van 200 x 300 meter, waar zo'n 700 indianen op wonen. Heel veel bamboehutjes op elkaar, met daartussen kleine paadjes. Onze lodge was een stuk groter van opzet, en we hadden een simpele kamer. Geen stromende douche (wel wasgelegenheid), geen stromend water, gelukkig wel een wc voor de toeristen. Overdag heb je alle gelegenheid om de andere eilanden te bezoeken; van onbewoonde bounty eilanden met koraal tot andere indianen gemeenschappen. Super! Indiaan José is de held van onze vakantie. Wat een prachtige man; hulpvaardig, heel relaxed, legt graag de gebruiken van de Indianen uit en doet werkelijk alles om het je naar de zin te maken. Onze dochters (11 en 7 jaar) hebben het ook als een mooie ervaring beschouwd.
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Date of stay: August 2012
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