just wondering if anyone has a ballpark figure as to how much a flight from panama or costa rica to quito might be? basically wishing to avoid the darien gap and also colombia!
i think i wil be travelling from central into south america, but it might be the other way. any idea which airlines fly this route, or how much it will cost?
View Copa Panamanian Airlines site www.copaair.com/ and Taca Central American airlines www.taca.com/
thanks! copaair is slightly cheaper but still works out at about $350 US! alot more than i was hoping and expecting. seems to be about $196 US to fly to cartagena in colombia. the very name colombia instills intense fear in me though. am i being paraniod and stupid, or is it really one of the world's least safe countries?
Cartagena is beautiful and the people are wonderful, the other large cities of Colombia are very safe for travellers now..however you are advised not to travel overland through remote areas..from Cartegena you could fly to Quito via Bogota or try to get an open jaw consolidated Latin fare from home http://www.exitotravel.com/ South America has some 40-60 hour bus trips!
Nothing wrong with spending some time in Cartagena. It's a very beautiful place and safe (I was there late last year saw no major safety concerns).
Definitely fly from Cartagena to Quito as overland could be a little more dangerous.
Cartegena and the Colombian people make a wonderful experience and perhaps you could provide a stopover there with an end flight to Quito, Quito is always full of foreign travellers and you can team up there with person or persons heading onward towards Buenos Aires, if your Spanish skills are nil it is always adviseable to travel with someone who speaks Spanish. The luxury buses ply internationally from the US Mexico Border then Mexican Border to Panama, then throughout South America, the old third class chicken buses are great for getting to small towns and villages, while most of your luggage is stored in your hotel in the nearest city.