Guna Yala is a semi-autonomous indigenous Comarca (territory). The comarca, it’s residents and approved agencies such as ourselves are under the authority of the Guna Congreso (government) when operating within the territory. As guides and an agency for Guna Yala law requires us to work within a network of approved Guna contractors for island accommodation and staff and within a similar network for approved regulated transportation services. Non-Guna staff members are prohibited in the islands, as are non-Guna owned assets being used for commercial purposes. We are required to prepay our contract partners for accommodations and transportation. As such, In the event of a service error, we cannot guarantee refunds will be given.
We will not refund deposit payments made for cancellations less than 48 hours before the trips scheduled departure.
If the Panamanian or Guna authorities cancel a guests trips prior to departure from the city due to an emergency (weather, safety or otherwise) a full refund including deposit payment will be given.
If the Panamanian or Guna authorities cancel a guests trips after departure from Panama City, but prior to entering the Guna territory, due to an emergency (weather, safety or otherwise), a full refund minus the deposit payment will be given.
If the Panamanian or Guna authorities require guests to evacuate the territory anytime after guests have entered due to an emergency (weather, safety or otherwise) a refund will be given for services not rendered.
Refunds for time not spent in the islands will be given when an early departure is due to a medical or safety emergency.
Refunds will not be guaranteed when guests choose to leave the islands earlier than scheduled. If a guest notifies by us 6 pm the day prior to change we may be able to make the change and offer a refund but this is not guaranteed. This is part of the reason we have a 3-night maximum.
Refunds will not be given when guests choose not to take part in a day trip already purchased.
Refunds will not be given when weather not to guests liking.
Refunds will not be given when guests are not at the stated pickup location on time and miss their departure. In this situation, we will only retain the deposit amount (which is paid to the driver) and we will help arrange another pickup for the guest (a new deposit will be required).
Refunds will not be given to guests that do not want to stay in the islands due to insects of any type. The islands are very rustic, there are insects. The island hosts do what they can naturally to control the insects but sometimes it is not in their control. Certain weather conditions can cause ants, sand flies, and other insects to come to the surface or in the huts on the islands. As a guest, if you are not comfortable sleeping almost directly in nature we recommend that you do not stay overnight in San Blas.
If a guest wishes to leave the islands that day, without prior request, the guide or host must first confirm if transportation is available. If transport is available the guest will be charged the costs of the same day transport, normally $25 per guest.
We do not offer full refunds for cancellations of custom and private trips because we pay non-refundable deposits on equipment and often turn down other business to operate custom and private trips.
If a cancellation is made more than 30 days in advance the client is eligible for a maximum 50% of the trip cost to be refunded.
We will always make ourselves available to communicate with guests and help them resolve issues in a fair manner. We will investigate each issue, advocate for the guests and encourage our partners to resolve these things in a fair manner. If a partner fails to resolve an issue in a manner we think is fair we will make that known, encourage change and consider other options within the limited network if problems are not resolved well or are repeated regularly.