Bought Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Rio Diablo Village

Island Near Rio Diablo

Island Near Rio Diablo

The village near Rio Diablo goes by many names: Nargana (Yandup) and Corazon de Jesus (Akuanusatupu). I just call it ‘Rio Diablo’. Cruisers come to this town to get fresh produce and fresh water. This town is no longer a traditional village. Some cruisers buy water from the local people delivered from this river. The locals paddle their dugout canoe with 50 gallon containers to the river. They dump the river water from a small container to 50 gallons on their canoe. They paddle all the way back to a sailboat. They dump from a small container from 50 gallon containers to a sailboat. One of the sailboats told me that all of this cost them only US$7 (Not sure how many gallons they purchased). We visited the river and loved the clean and cool fresh water.
Diablo River; it provides fresh water to the village.

Diablo River; it provides fresh water to the village.


There is a bank (Banco National) in town but no ATM. Our friends wanted to get some cash but they couldn’t get it even from the bank. Panamanian currency is the Balboa but they also use US$. (US$1 = 1 Balboa) As a matter of fact, it is important to bring sufficient money (US$ including small bills) when you visit San Blas/Panama. The customs and immigration office doesn’t take a credit card. It easily costs around US$400 for clearance, depending on the size of a boat and number of people on the boat. You need cash for the clearance. In the neighboring country, Colombia, you cannot get any US$. We already met two sailboats who were concerned about not having enough cash to clear customs.
Bank in Rio Diablo Village; they didn't have an ATM when we visited. Cruisers couldn't get cash from the bank.

Bank in Rio Diablo Village; they didn’t have an ATM when we visited. Cruisers couldn’t get cash from the bank.


Public Library in Rio Diablo

Public Library in Rio Diablo


Electric Plant in Rio Diablo Village; first power plant we saw in San Blas/Panama.

Electric Plant in Rio Diablo Village; first power plant we saw in San Blas/Panama.

Bridge connecting two islands: Nargana and Corazon de Jesus

Bridge connecting two islands: Nargana and Corazon de Jesus


Three times, we visited the local store in town. They were supposed to have fresh produce delivered by a boat. Each time, they didn’t have the produce. ‘Nope’, the boat didn’t come yet. I asked the store girl to call me when the boat arrives. My phone rang. She spoke in fast Spanish but I caught the Spanish words ‘Fresh Produces’. I confirmed it with my slow Spanish and called our neighboring boat. They gave us a dinghy ride to get some produce. I felt healthy getting some bananas, pineapple, apples, watermelon, cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, sour oranges, tomatoes, eggs, and two whole chickens (Head and Feet attached!)

***Guna General Congreso stopped by our boat and asked us for general anchorage fee. We paid $60 (Anchorage Fee $20 + $40 for Two People) and received an official receipt good for 30 days.

Little Island on the Way to Rio Diablo

Little Island on the Way to Rio Diablo


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