Quebrada de Sal

Quebrada de Sal (Salt Creek) is a small Ngöbe-Buglé village on Bastimentos Island in Bocas del Toro. The village isn’t terribly scenic, but it will give you a good idea of what indigenous villages in Panama are like.

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Quebrada de Sal (pop. 450) is set along the southeastern side of Bastimentos Island, between Punta Vieja and Cayo Crawl. In the center of the village are a field, schoolhouse, and dining hall. There are traditional thatched-roof houses on stilts nearby—other indigenous groups in Panama make houses in the same style, which incorporate palm fronds and local wood products. The houses are simple but impressive in their workmanship.

A small souvenir shop sells wooden animal figures, jewelry, and traditional woven handbags known as cháracas. The women that run the shop sometimes show visitors their weaving technique and will occasionally even arrange traditional dances.

There is a trail that leads from the village to Playa Larga. Along the way, there are signs pointing out various types of tropical trees. You might also be able to spot monkeys, iguanas, and armadillos.