Hand-Carved Dugout Kuna Yala Canoe–San Blas, Panama (Trippy Travel Photo 27)

Kuna Yala Canoe

I took this photo of a hand-carved dugout Kuna Yala canoe in San Blas, Panama. It is used by the Kuna (local indigenous) for transportation and fishing.

I zoomed in on the hand-painted design so that players in this round would have to work hard to win. The person who guessed it followed these steps:

1. Look at the Photo/Study the Details


2. Guess What/Where/Why!

What is the subject of this photo?

Where was I traveling when I saw it?

(If you have no idea, it’s OK to make up silly answers. That’s fun, too!)

3. Check Back Later!

–Post your guesses here in the Comments Section (tweets and FB comments don’t count–sorry)

–Keep checking and guessing as the guessing gets good…

–See who won…maybe it will be you!

The Prize?

A mention of your name and a link to your site from within this post.

And the Winner Is…

Jeruen Dery of Memoirs of a Traveling Linguist. He won the last round of this game and continues to be a champion. Maybe he is the champion. :)

The Answer:

The inside of a hand-carved dugout Kuna Yala canoe. While visiting the San Blas islands, I saw many of these. Here’s the same photo of the canoe, pre-cropping.

These types of canoes, by the way, are called ‘ulus,’ and the Kuna use big hand-carved paddles to propel themselves. It takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks to make one, depending on the size.

Here’s a photo of the canoe, pre-cropping.

Kuna Yala Canoe

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25 Responses to Hand-Carved Dugout Kuna Yala Canoe–San Blas, Panama (Trippy Travel Photo 27)
  1. Robert
    July 2, 2013 | 12:30 am

    Oh Lisa *shakes fist* This is some piece of art which of course could be absolutely anywhere in the world! *rolls eyes*


    But, I guess you just want us to get on with the guessing, eh? OK, OK, I’ll start the ball rolling…

    It appears to be part of a painting. The paints look like the type which are made up from packets of powder. The piece of rope suggests boats or a maritime area. Given the bright colors, I will guess this has been taken in a Latin country in SouthAm, CentralAm or Spain, on the the coast.


    • CB Driver
      July 2, 2013 | 1:41 am

      Hello, Robert. I’m not sure that this is truly ‘art work’ and if you study the pattern and the colors closely, you’ll see that. So I wouldn’t call it a ‘painting.’ But yes, paint is involved.

      Maritime is a ‘hot’ guess. But you’ll need to be more specific than that to be declared the ‘winner.’

      Re: where…I’d say you’re on the right track, but I won’t say more than that now. Will give someone else a chance–LOL. :)

    • CB Driver
      July 2, 2013 | 1:48 am

      No fist-shaking, by the way. It’s against the rules. :)

      • Robert
        July 2, 2013 | 3:12 am

        *cheeky grin*

        • CB Driver
          July 2, 2013 | 1:51 pm

          I’m so sorry, Robert–cheeky grins are not allowed, either. :)

  2. Jeruen
    July 2, 2013 | 2:01 am

    So maritime is indeed hot. I thought about that, I was thinking this is the underside of a boat. But I am having a hard time figuring out whether there’s water here, and the blurred lines are due because of it. I can almost see the ripples caused by the rope.

    Just looking at your tags, I’ll make Indonesia as the first guess as to where this is.
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    • CB Driver
      July 2, 2013 | 1:52 pm

      Underside of a boat is super hot, but not exactly correct. Also, what kind of boat? And where? It’s not in Indonesia.

      • Robert
        July 2, 2013 | 6:07 pm

        Where? It is in a Pacific coastal country on South or Central America.
        Type of boat? A wooden boat. On a fairground or park ride.




  3. Jeruen
    July 3, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    Okay, time to ask questions. Is it the underside of a maritime vessel? I don’t think you took the photo from underwater, so if it is the underside of a vessel, then the vessel is upside-down floating. It looks like it is made of wood. Maybe it’s a barge.

    If it is not in Indonesia, let me pick the next big tag you have, Nicaragua. :-D
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    • CB Driver
      July 9, 2013 | 9:49 am

      Wood, yes. Underside, no. Inside, yes.

      Nicaragua, no–but that is VERY warm–hot, actually–as far as location…

  4. Frank
    July 3, 2013 | 11:10 pm

    Hi Lisa!
    I think that’s the INSIDE of a boat. And by the colours, maybe Spain?
    Frank (bbqboy)
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    • buddingspritelet
      July 6, 2013 | 12:50 am

      I don’t think I am allowed to guess ;)

    • CB Driver
      July 9, 2013 | 9:48 am

      Hi, Frank. Yes, it’s the inside of a boat. Glad you see that! Some have said it’s the underside, which is not the case.

      Spain, however, is not the country…

      Thanks for the guess!

  5. Maria
    July 7, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Um… underside of a rowboat that you found in “dry-dock” during your recent trip to Toronto.
    *shrug* *cheeky grin*
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  6. Robert
    July 9, 2013 | 9:28 am

    Oh look, Maria did a *cheeky grin*! LOL

    OK, how about this: it used to be a boat, but now it has been turned into a piece of wall, adorning a wall. This would explain its good condition.
    And still sticking with coastal Central or South America.

    *sly grin*


    • CB Driver
      July 9, 2013 | 9:47 am

      Ha ha re: Maria! She’s allowed to make a ‘cheeky grin’ because I’ve met her in person. If/when I meet you, you’ll also be allowed to… :)

      I think your guess is cooler now. It’s not a former boat; it’s currently being used as one. Not a painting.

      Location still good.


  7. Jeruen
    July 9, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Ok, so far here’s what we have. It is the INSIDE of a functioning boat; I am guessing it is a canoe of some sort. It is not in Nicaragua, but somewhere else in Central America; I will guess Panama.
    Jeruen recently posted..The Itchy Feet that CouldMy Profile

    • CB Driver
      July 9, 2013 | 11:12 am

      Ah…great guess–and you’re right! Canoe…and in Panama. I could declare you the winner, but…it would be fun to see if you could figure out which indigenous group uses this kind of boat. :)

      • Jeruen
        July 9, 2013 | 11:18 am

        Hmm, I didn’t know off the top of my head, so I did my research (I checked Wikipedia and your previous articles, of course).

        And so I am guessing this is the inside of a boat of the Ngöbe-Buglé/Guaymi people, who mostly dwell in Chiriqui province. :-)
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        • CB Driver
          July 9, 2013 | 12:08 pm

          I knew you’d do some research–cool! Good guess, but too far west…can you head east? Sorry to be making you work so hard… :)

          • Jeruen
            July 9, 2013 | 12:27 pm

            Nah, I actually enjoy it. Makes for a good break from my actual research. :-P

            Okay, how about this? My newest guess would be it’s a boat from the Kuna people: I saw you’ve been to San Blas, which seems to be also known as Guna Yala, in the Caribbean.
            Jeruen recently posted..The Itchy Feet that CouldMy Profile

          • CB Driver
            July 9, 2013 | 1:52 pm

            Yes, the Kuna Yala–it’s one of their canoes! You are the official winner of this round of the game. Congrats!! I must notify Robert W-he hasn’t won for a while. He will be disappointed.

  8. flipnomad
    August 14, 2013 | 4:38 am

    Beautiful! Looks like a piece of art :-) Would be a nice display piece for my “future garden”. :-)
    flipnomad recently posted..How to Stay Aware of Email Frauds while TravelingMy Profile

    • CB Driver
      August 15, 2013 | 9:45 am

      I agree–it does look like art. Planning a garden?

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