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Travelling from Colombia to the US without flying

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1. Posted by sandtonian (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Flying is expensive and I'm skint.

Just how cheap would it be to mission up through central America overground from Colombia. I believe it's easy enough to cross into Panama and then head up from there but I know no fine details.

Once in Panama can I bus it pretty much all the way? How much would it cost, how many buses would I need and how long would it take?

Thanks for your help

2. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

you could take one bus all the way from Panama to Tapachula in Southern Mexico for roughly $100 taking a couple days with Tica Bus.

or you could go with random local buses between major cities. this would take longer i assume, but would be way more fun. you would actually get to see things and stop places. it is possible though, there are buses the whole way. you would also have to pay entry and exit fees at each border crossing.

3. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

After this post, I'll send you both a message...
1. The Darien Gap between Colombia and Panamá is impassable by foot or any other means of transport and extremly isolated and dangerous
2. The only other option to arrive Panama sans flying from Colombia is by Sailing Charter out of Cartagena to Colon, Panamá..5 days via the San Blas Islands..usually captains charge $250 or so per person, no 'free lunches'..there are several 'Yacht Clubs' in Cartegena, boats usually do not sail hurricane season from June onward. check.
3. To fly..COPA Airlines often has specials over to Panama from Colombia
4. Tica Bus ...16 hours Panama City-San Jose CR overnight in San Jose
Day 2: San Jose-Managua, Nicaragua 10-11 hours, overnight in Managua
Day 3: Managua-San Salvador 10 hours, ES overnight in San Salvador
Day 4: San Salvador-Guatemala City 5 hours arrive approx. Noon
Guatemala City-Tapachula, Mexico depart 1PM arrive 7PM connect with Mexican Luxury, 1st Class and 2nd Class Buses north in Tapachula, reservations required for all Mexican buses.

4. Posted by sandtonian (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Thanks a lot guys, all excellent and helpful info.

I agree with getting buses between cities, it would be great. Do you have a rough idea of cost per bus trip. Obviously I know that it varies somewhat but it would be useful to get an idea of how much money I'm looking at.

Thanks again.

5. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

"Thanks a lot guys, all excellent and helpful info.

I agree with getting buses between cities, it would be great. Do you have a rough idea of cost per bus trip. Obviously I know that it varies somewhat but it would be useful to get an idea of how much money I'm looking at.

Thanks again."

To Sandtonian...don't mean to be rude, but low budget traveling is usually pretty much a 'do it yourself' affair...which means in each country you visit you find out where either the First or Second class bus station is located, take your rear down there by foot, public transport or taxi if need be and make your reservations and pay, if the bus fare is to much for your budget, well you should not be traveling then. Advice is cheap...but research like that is timely and time is money to many people. Buen Viaje.