Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala

Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala

Starfish, breathtaking sunsets, welcoming family, good food … I can’t even say what was the best part of the tour on the island of Cambombia – or Mordedup, in kuna. I think it’s worth starting by saying why this name, right?
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
Cambombia is a giant sea slug that lives in a huge shell – and very beautiful! As the region is full of them, the name stuck. Aah, and before they ask me, yes, they eat this delicacy and I already explain better how the preparation works 😉
Our day there started seeing the island from our sailboat and, before we even set foot on the sand, many kunas came with their boats to offer us fish. In fact, this is quite common in Kuna Yala, but on this island the number of people was greater. That day we bought a snapper and made a ceviche on the sailboat itself.
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
We found out that the owner of the island was Enan’s wife and that virtually all of her residents were family members. We were very well received by them and that certainly made all the difference in our experience there.
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
The side where we stopped the boat was clean, but the back of the island was very dirty. I already told you in this post here that garbage is a big problem on the islands and, even paying the fee of 2 dollars per person for the kunas to leave the area clean, there is no guarantee that the place will be spotless.
Another negative point of the island is that they started to raise animals. As I said in this post, the kunas still don’t know how to do this and the animals end up being stuck all the time. Lack of food is also a big problem and there we find three pigs and a very thin chicken: /
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
However, the side we stayed on most of the time was really a delight. The clear water gave us an incredible view of the bottom full of starfish.
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
This was the beach with the calmest sea of ​​the entire trip, so it was still possible to enjoy and do Stand Up Paddle.
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
We spent all day enjoying the beach and the scenery. There are times when we just want to relax, right? Watching the sunset from this place was a wonderful experience and, even if you don’t spend an entire day like us, I recommend you come here in the late afternoon 😉
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
Remember that I mentioned family hospitality? Yes, we were invited to dinner at the island’s official “restaurant” and it is obvious that we could not waste this chance! We still had the opportunity to see all the preparation of the famous Cambombia.
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
The whole shell goes to the fire made with dry coconut. When cooked, the “slug” goes from the natural dark tone to a more pink and light color that leaves it with a much more appetizing face.
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
After that, they cut the cambombia meat into cubes, in the “ceviche” style, season with plenty of pepper and add a lot of onion. Obviously, Paulo tasted it and liked it! The texture is reminiscent of a squid that has passed a bit, more rubbery, you know?
The dish was served with coconut rice which, oddly enough, has a very light flavor. Paulo was surprised by the delicacy of the dish.
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala
For dessert we eat pieces of dried coconut – simple and delicious! In fact, these two adjectives sum up our day on the island well 😉
Cambombia: the calmest sea in Kuna Yala

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