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11. Posted by rvcampertravele (Full Member 80 posts) 2y

NEW GERMAN FERRY HAS ALREADY MADE 3 TRIPS.... WILL POST LATEST INFO AS SOON AS I CAN PUT THE DETAILS TOGETHER,,,,,

12. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 2y

Lots (and LOTS) of teething problems but it'll be interesting to see if all the kinks get worked out and if the service actually starts operating in the New Year at some point...

http://sanblasferry.com/index.html

Cheers,
Terry

13. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 2y

This is the best news I've heard in a while. I have been waiting for years for them to connect this highway. I hope this is legit news! So cool!

I have driven from the States to Panama and back.. and on the other side down. Will now be happy to think I can drive it all.

Excuse me while I do my happy dance!

ice

14. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 2y

Ice, you're not understanding the situation... the highway is NOT connected and quite frankly that's not going to happen for a long time for a multitude of reasons both logistical and political.

What the OP refers to is a FERRY linking Panama and Colombia, not a road...

Cheers,
Terry

15. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 2y

No, no, I understood. I think a ferry is even more fun. Especially in that part of the world.

I just hope the ferry actually happens. Hard to believe the US would let it happen. Seems like the drug risk coming in from Colombia would have some Border Guards pretty freaked out. IMHO, that's the reason it's never been linked. An increase of SA traffic north would be big hassle for US Border Guards on the Mexican front

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jan-2014, at 14:15 by i c e ]

16. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 2y

It's certainly one factor Ice, but in my opinion it's far from the most important. It's the least of many people's worries.

There are enormous political issues at stake here including the containment of foot-and-mouth disease to South America as well as other tropical diseases, the extensive environmental damage, deforestation, indigenous cultures being destroyed, etc. There are lots of government and political groups in Panama and Colombia that are adamantly imposed to the highway being completed and they don't give a crap what US Customs & Border Protection thinks.

Lastly, it may become a moot point anyway on one level in another decade... I made several flights over the area a few years ago and the illegal logging/farming had already cut some fairly major roads into the interior from both sides, some of them less than 70 km apart...

Cheers,
Terry

17. Posted by rvcampertravele (Full Member 80 posts) 2y

ferry prices:
PRICE LIST
US $
Reservation $
p. pers. Single
249,00
100,00
Return-Ticket valied for one year
349,00
100,00
Children up to 2 Years
Free
Free
Children under 12 Years
199,00
100,00
Amimals up to25 kg
149,00
50,00
2 luggage weighing a max of 50 kg, excess weight at per kg
3,00

Bicycle
99,00
30,00
Motorcycle
459,00
200,00
Seadan
1.980,00
500,00
Campmobile up to 5 meter
1.980,00
500,00
each additional meter or part)
390,00

Trucks (lorries over 3500 kg )
5.880,00
500,00

18. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 2y

Quoting CheersT

It's certainly one factor Ice, but in my opinion it's far from the most important. It's the least of many people's worries.

There are enormous political issues at stake here including the containment of foot-and-mouth disease to South America as well as other tropical diseases, the extensive environmental damage, deforestation, indigenous cultures being destroyed, etc. There are lots of government and political groups in Panama and Colombia that are adamantly imposed to the highway being completed and they don't give a crap what US Customs & Border Protection thinks.

Lastly, it may become a moot point anyway on one level in another decade... I made several flights over the area a few years ago and the illegal logging/farming had already cut some fairly major roads into the interior from both sides, some of them less than 70 km apart...

Cheers,
Terry

You make some very valid points, Terry. I didn't think of all that. To me, having been to many, many Latin countries. It would be hard for me to believe that the money to be made would not bring the countries to an agreement to finish the road. It would be millions and millions of dollars for the countries involved in trucking routes, taxes, tourism, travel, and the umpteen million fees they find a way to invent. In any case I would bet any money there has been a conversation in the CIA to never let that happen. I think they have a lot more say in developing nations than people realize. The amount of drugs trying to get into the States would likely triple. That's millions lost for the US in resources, not to mention the crime it would increase through out Mexico and certain parts of America.

Of course I could be wrong, just my two cents.

Very interesting what you say about 70km's apart. Must have been a cool flight, eh? Who knows, maybe it's already connected and no one even knows it. lol.

peace.

19. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 2y

I think you highly exaggerate the amount of potential ground transport commerce that would exist via Panama/Colombia.

Also, drugs into the US instantly tripling?! No way... the major cartels don't smuggle that much by individual vehicles anymore, it's too easy to detect the contraband, especially between South America and the US. Large quantities go via container ship, rail, in those cute Colombian coke submarines etc... much easier to get lost in the flow...

In any case time will tell, nothing ever stays the same...

Cheers,
Terry

20. Posted by rvcampertravele (Full Member 80 posts) 2y

The "REAL" reason is the same as it has been for thirty years! Panama has a big stake in the shipping world....how many ships have Panama registry?? Just think!...if they were to lose this commerce to the land routes, and trucking..what a loss!! They are not going to give this up easily! I have traveled to the very end many times...almost can "smell" the winds from Columbia...but...sorry that's the real truth!

However I hopefully will be on the ferry in August (if not, on a RORO), enroute to Columbia while participating in the Trekoftheamericas RV Expedition with 9 others camping along the Ruta PanAmericana from USA to Ushuaia, Argentina.....thanks for all the feedback.......