Panama - Colombia
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 5:59 PM Last Post By: un_australian
Dec 12, 2012 8:07 AM
Dec 13, 2012 12:37 AM
1This year we went from Panama city to Cartagena by air as I get horribly seasick on small boats. There is talk about a ferry service starting sometime.
There are small private sailing vessels sailing from Colon to Cartagena which take bicycles but this takes about 4 days and cost about the same as a flight.
Be aware that Copa Air charge US$ 100 for a bike even if the total luggage is under the weight limit !!!! Also they were pathetic about the max. box dimensions and insisted that the boxes are wrapped in plastic film.
We never, ever experienced in our travels a more difficult airline.
You will enjoy cycling in Columbia.
Dec 13, 2012 4:35 AM
Dec 13, 2012 2:20 PM
3Well it's not so recent, but 6 years ago I used this method in the opposite direction.
From Turbo in Colombia took a boat to the village of Capurgana and got stamped out there.
Then took a small boat to Puerto Obaldia on the Panama side of the border, and got stamped in there.
I got lucky as the cargo boat was leaving the next day, but some people had been waiting 4 or 5 days. I paid $30 and the boat took about 3 days, making many stops at Kuna villages on the way. It stopped in Carti which is connected by dirt road to the main road that goes up to Panama city.
Can't say as I know how to contact the boat captains, just turn up and hope for the best I suppose! It's a great journey, the islands are spectacular and you get an insight into the lives of the Kuna people.
Best of luck.
Dec 15, 2012 6:34 AM
4I heard some good stories about kuna people, sadly my experience with them was always fantastic until the end of the day, when they want money for the air we share.
Anna, I sent you an email about the crossing, but formalities are not a problem, the only thing is that Puerto Obaldía customs close at 4 pm, so if you are late you will have to sleep one night there.
If you take the lancha in Carti, buy in Panama city a huge plastic bag to cover your bike from the splash.
Dec 15, 2012 10:10 AM
Dec 16, 2012 5:59 PM
6Kangari, the ferry sank under the weight of Panamanian bureaucracy before it ever sailed.
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