Panama To Colombia

Shared groups trips to Capurgana, Colombia

Experience the wonders of Guna Yala with transport to Colombia all included in one sailing trip. This voyage is ideal for adventure travelers, backpackers and anyone who wants to see the San Blas Islands on a budget. The Panama to Colombia sailing trip is hugely popular. For many people travelling through Latin America one of the highlights of their entire holiday.

With Micamale you will take the increasingly more popular route from San Blas to Capurgana, a small tourist destination just east of the Panama/Colombia boarder. Capurgana and the surrounding areas, including Sapzurro and La Miel are a hidden treasure of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Foreign tourism is still in its infancy here, however the area is extremely popular with Colombians who come from the cities at weekends and holidays. The bays along this stretch of coast have some great beaches, hiking opportunities, horse riding and even scuba diving. It is also a great place to switch off and relax for a few days, there are no roads or noisy nightclubs here.

Our trip is three nights in total which includes three days exploring the San Blas Islands. We miss a large stretch of open ocean sailing which normally lasts 35 – 40 hours and be very rough during many months of the year. Instead you will enjoy a more leisurely trip in the islands with with less transit time at sea by taking the  shorter coastal route to the boarder region,

Before booking please be sure to read all the information below. Especially in regards to travel and possible additional costs.

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Included

  • Licenced captain and reputable a crew-mate
  • Three fresh home cooked meals a day
  • Non alcoholic beverages. Water, Tea and Coffee
  • Water sports equipment: snorkeling gear, fishing rods, kayak
  • Fresh water showers
  • Large fridge and ice to cool your beverages
  • Comfortable double cabins and private bathrooms
  • Dinghy and motor
  • Two person Kayak, Snorkeling equipment & Fishing gear
  • HiFi music system and speakers inside and outside

Please note the information below is intended as a guide. Your trip may differ slightly. You will be scheduled to spend 3 nights aboard Micamale.

You will meet the boat in Carti. That means you need to leave Panama City early in the morning of departure by shared 4×4 vehicle and then take a short boat transfer to where the boat will be anchored offshore, Once you have booked your trip with us we will ask you where you want to be collected from in Panama City, we will organise the transport directly with the 3rd party providers who will send you a confirmation email a day or two before departure. On the morning of departure your driver will make a final stop at an ATM if you need more cash. After leaving the city there will be no other cash services available until Necocli in Colombia.

We advise you to separate your luggage before you leave the city. Try to pack what you will need for your days on the boat separate to your main large luggage/backpack. You may want to buy a garbage bag to protect your luggage as well in cash it gets wet in the boat transfer.
Once in the islands there will be limited opportunities to make any purchases so make sure to bring alcoholic drinks if you want. All meals, drinking water, tea and coffee are included.

After all passengers have arrived from Panama City to Carti, Micamale will set off for the first anchorage. In total you will spend 3 full days in the San Blas Islands. Typically visiting 3 different anchorages and groups of islands. You will have the chance to visit local villages, swim, snorkel and BBQ on the beach. Captain Andrea will talk to you about the various options available and his recommendations.

On your final morning aboard the boat you will disembark in the small town of Puerto Obaldia where you will go ashore to the immigration office to officially check out of Panama. It is not practical for sailboats to enter in Capurgana, therefore a boat transfer of about 30 minutes will complete the final part of the journey. This IS INCLUDED in the price of the trip.

You will have to spend at least one night in Capurgana before you carry on with your journey. Boat tickets to Necocli can be bought from the main jetty the day before you want to travel. You should also check in at the Colombian immigration office before you leave Capurgana

Not included

  • Guana Yala entrance fee ($20 per person)
  • Transfer from Panama City (30 per person)
  • Carti dock fee ($2 per person)
  • Boat transfer ($5 per person)
  • Visa if you are required to have one entering Colombia
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Lobster/crab (they can be purchased for $5-10 per person and we are happy to make an excellent meal with them)
  • Any costs outside of the boat
  • Oversize equipment: Bicycles, Surfboards (additional rates apply)

You will have to spend at least one night in Capurgana before you carry on with your journey. Is extremely pretty town with nice beaches, waterfalls, hiking and horseback riding. We recommend staying a couple of nights if you have the time. It is also very cheap for hotels and food. There are no roads or ATMs and energy is shut off at night. You should take some extra cash with you as only a few of the larger establishments accept card payment. You can exchange cash there from USD to Colombian Pesos.

From Capurgana you can hike to Sapzurro and also from Sapzurro to La Miel. Alternatively you can arrange local boat transfers at the main jetty in Capurgana.

After you have arrived to Capurgana you can check in with Colombia immigration. The process is free and fairly quick. You DO NOT require proof of onward travel. Most foreign tourists do not need a Visa when entering Colombia. If you are unsure you should check before travel. Canadians citezens for example must pay $160,000COP

Boat tickets from Capurgana to Necocli are available from the jetty. You should buy these the day before you want to leave and also make sure you have checked in with immigration the day before as well.

Approximate onward travel costs

The prices are correct of early 2016. All prices in Colombia Pesos

Carpurgana to Necoli

Daily boat departures. 1.5 hour journey – $60,000COP

Necoli to Cartagena

Bus to Monteria followed by second bus to Cartagena. 9 hrs – $85,000COP

Necoli – Medellin

Direct bus – $62,000COP