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Cabañas Guanidup (also known as Cabañas Kuanidup) is located on a private island near Río Sidra in the Guna Yala archipelago. This hotel is set on a small island that is as remote as it is picturesque.
Set along the western reaches of the Guna Yala archipelago, Guanidup is about half an hour by boat from Río Sidra. The hotel is set on Guanidup Grande, a small island ringed by palm trees and a white-sand beach. Guanidup Chico, a tiny uninhabited island, is about a thousand feet (300 m) away. There is good snorkeling at the coral reefs that ring both these islands. Day trips can be made to Isla Maquina, a small island that is one of the most traditional in the region. It has tidy huts and is known for its mola makers.
Cabañas Guanidup is located on an island that’s a little smaller than a soccer field. The island is like others in the archipelago – sandy white beaches and lines of palm trees. The hammocks strung between the trees offer up a scenic place to nap or relax.
This hotel is alternatively known as Cabañas Kuanidup—the variation reflects the indigenous group’s official name change. For a long time, the Guna were known as the Kuna. However, the group argued that the “k” sound does not exist in their local language and that “g” was a much better fit. Hence the change from Kuna to Guna and from Kuanidup to Guanidup. It’s still common to see both spellings.
The hotel’s accommodations consist of small cabins. The cabins have thatched roofs, cane walls, and sand floors—they are rustic but agreeable. The beds have foam mattresses and there are kerosene lamps to provide light at night. Some cabins have one double bed while others have four single beds. Guests have access to shared toilets and showers.
Guests eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel’s small open-air dining room, which is powered by solar panels. Seafood figures heavily into the latter two meals and is usually paired with a small side salad. Beer, wine, seco (liquor made from sugarcane), and water can be bought at a small bar area.
Cabañas Guanidup provides guests with daily activities, including snorkeling and boat trips to other islands. Lounging along the beautiful, isolated beach here is another tempting option.
Importan Note: Village Taxes are not included in rates, it is around $20 per person. There is a fee to visit other islands in the are of $3 per person, you will need to pay it in cash.
Rates include all taxes.
1 Double +1 Single
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