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1. Posted by sarahk25 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi All

I am looking to get from colombia to mexico. I have looked up flights and they are really expensive, I have also tried over land and its seem really difficult and alot of days. I have heard that you can get a boat from Cartagena in colombia to panama and can fly on from there. Has anybody done this trip by boat before..? All info welcome and much appreciated...!!!!!!

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 933 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

well, I have given some advice before....I will give it to you with a caveat this time.

Taking a boat from Colombia to Panama can be managed with relative ease from Cartagena. Go to any hostel on or around Calle Media Luna in Getsemani and you'll find several ads up with info for the trip. My choice for decent advice would be Hotel Holiday (Or Holyday, depending on which sign you read) It's on Calle Media Luna, half a block east of Havana's. It will cost you slightly less than the flight......

Now, up until six months ago, I have never EVER heard of someone getting free passage for this route. Many have tried going down to the marina and begging passage to Panama....I lived above a hostal for a year, and never heard of a winner.

I gave this advice to an Australian six months ago. He refused to believe it, and later reported that with the expense of one bought Aguila and some Australian charm, he got free passage. So, if he is to be believed, this can be possible.

I don't buy it. I doubt that anyone would allow some freeloader on their sailboat as they sailed through the San Blas...But I feel honour bound to mention it.

To recap. Either pay about the same for a sailboat passage with some expat...or charm your way aboard for free at the marina in Boca Grande. I truly hope you score the free ride...but I am dubious.



3. Posted by littlebex (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Sarah

Im looking at doing the same trip myself in a few months . There are a few websites which have trips from Cartagena to Panama (and vice versa), try the Casa Viena website

A one-way trip costs around $375 USD, including food, and takes 5 days, 2 of those going round the San Blas islands

Good Luck!