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Old 11-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #451
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Today I was forced into the mad house of Paso Canoas, took hours to get anything done. If you are coming through Rio Sereno, I'd like to meet you in Volcan.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:41 AM   #452
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Did I meet you in Manzanillo? I lived there for a while and think I may have flagged you down while you were out for a ride with your wife about a year and half ago or so. I was that gringo who lives at the southern tip of Las Brisas.
You did! We went looking for you a cpl months back to see if you were still around. But all seemed very quiet in the area...

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Old 11-28-2013, 06:28 AM   #453
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We are in Domenical Costa Rica right now!

Thursday we head for Panama!

live 'ride report'......................'tuckers to tdf'
I'm in the beach town just South of you and will also be crossing over into Panama later today at Rio Sereno. See you on the road!
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:17 PM   #454
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You did! We went looking for you a cpl months back to see if you were still around. But all seemed very quiet in the area...

Marc
Yeah, we moved back north again toward the end of August when my contract was up. We're missing Manzanillo weather big time now that's cold up here.
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:52 AM   #455
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I think this thread needs some more fuel;)
http://www.newsroompanama.com/busine...ted-again.html
Did anyone hear anything about the last trip of San Blas Ferry by the way???
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:16 AM   #456
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Pre-christmas run

Hola amigos,

Just chatting with the capt of the crazy horse. He´s heading to Cartagena again from Panama just before xmas if anyone is looking for a ride. direct, no san blas stop (thus cheaper), bout 2 days on the water. 650$ all in.
Good guy.
his email is svcashhole@gmail.com

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Old 12-21-2013, 12:57 AM   #457
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I think this thread needs some more fuel;)
http://www.newsroompanama.com/busine...ted-again.html
Did anyone hear anything about the last trip of San Blas Ferry by the way???
Hola Ludwig! I just met 2 Canadian KTM riders who took the San Blas ferry a week ago to cartagena. They were 2 of a total of 4 motorcycle riders aboard and they commented that there was also one backpacker aboard. So 5 total passengers. It sounds like the trip went well for them. The only comment they made was that they were tied up 4 days in cartagena getting their bikes cleared into Colombia. Not sure the reason.

Thanks for a great trip, great food, great service aboard the Stahlratte!

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Old 12-22-2013, 05:21 PM   #458
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Spent the afternoon with the two guys you are talking about. Chad (left) and Ryan from Calgary Alberta:



They are on KTMs and have been on the road for a few months. Really fun hanging out with them. They came down on the San Blas Ferry and said it was not a bad way to go. I pulled a pic of the ferry off their blog at ridetheride.ca



They said it cost 708.00 each for them and the bikes. The next sailing is from Cartagena, Colombia to Portobello, Panama on January 18th (mas o menos).

It is theoretically a 30 hour trip but the initial voyage took 3 days since they were refused landing at the first port they tried in Colombia. Finally landed in Cartagena. The ferry is run by Fritz the crazy German of Fritz the Cat fame. He said he wants to lower prices as people find out about the service.

For more info on the ferry service you can check out sanblasferry.com

Sounds like a good deal to me. The stubborn German just might pull it off. He is getting a lot of flack from the usual sources. Especially the gringo sailboats that stand to lose business. Although I think this caters to a totally different clientele than the sailboats. Especially the giant Unimogs and Landcruisers with roof tents who could just roll on and roll off. Should be interesting to see how this plays out.

Just passing along the info.

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Old 12-24-2013, 08:06 AM   #459
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Yep that's them. We are staying with them at the black sheep hostel in Medellin. Look forward to meeting you tonight John!
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:42 AM   #460
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This is going to be a great service for overlanders traveling in both directions.

Yes he has a few bugs to sort out, but loading of bikes is not an issue.

Better still, when the sail boat mafia stop fucking with his plans, the 4x4 gang will have a much better shipping method too.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:16 PM   #461
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This was posted in a Medellin Gringo group in Facebook and that could be interesting!??

Por 90 dólares se podrá viajar en ferry entre Panamá y Cartagena

Spanish:

A partir del 24 de octubre, empezará a operar esta ruta marítima. Contará con una capacidad de al menos 1,000 pasajeros y 500 vehículos.

Un ferry, con capacidad para 1.000 pasajeros, 300 tripulantes y con capacidad para transportar 500 autos comenzará a prestar servicios desde el 24 de octubre entre Panamá y Cartagena.

Así lo reportan medios panameños que indican que tendrá tres destinos: Cartagena Express desde el puerto de Colón 2000, Panamá Express, desde los muelles de Cartagena y Bocas Weekend, desde Colón 2000.

La empresa operadora será la panameña Tropical Cruises que espera transportar unos 100.000 turistas suramericanos por año.

“El ferry Adriatico saldrá todos los lunes a las 7:00 pm desde Colón para llegar a Cartagena a las 1:00 pm del día siguiente, regresará el jueves a Colón para salir para Bocas del Toro, para que los interesados se queden viernes, sábado y domingo. El costo del ferry a Cartagena empezará en $90 dólares, dependiendo la cantidad de ocupantes”, se lee en un comunicado.

Translated to english using online translator:

As of October 24, will begin operating this sea route. It will have a capacity of at least 1,000 passengers and 500 vehicles.

A ferry, with capacity for 1,000 passengers, 300 crew members and able to carry 500 cars will begin serving from October 24 between Panama and Cartagena.

So Panamanian media report that said have three destinations: Cartagena Express from the port of Colón 2000, Panama Express, from the docks of Cartagena and Bocas Weekend, from Colón 2000.

The operator will be the Panamanian Tropical Cruises to South American expects to transport about 100,000 tourists per year.

"The ferry will Adriatico every Monday at 7:00 pm from Colón to reach Cartagena at 1:00 pm the next day, return to Columbus on Thursday to go to Bocas del Toro, for stakeholders to stay Friday Saturday and Sunday. The cost of the ferry to Cartagena will start at $ 90 depending on the number of occupants, "it said in a statement.
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:35 PM   #462
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I am dreaming that this will become a reality, but I am not going to hold my breath. The holdup is not from the sailboats, but from both governments.
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:14 PM   #463
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Does anyone have the current scoop on the cheapest way to cross from Panama to Columbia right now? I'll be down that way in 5 or 6 weeks on my V-Strom - hoping to cross in the most economical fashion that won't leave my bike in the drink
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:03 PM   #464
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I'm waiting to hear from Travelbug, a chica who is riding 250cc bike from Chile to Oregon (Probably in Texas or somewhere near that now) to give me the price how much she paid to ship her bike from Medellin to Panama. VivaColombia airline is now providing shuttle plane between Panama and Medellin for $99 one way! If the shipping is ~$600-700 then thats cheap and safe option. Consider how much you will save on fuel/food/lodging from Cartagena to Medellin, too!

Edit: www.vivacolombia.co Beware there is challenging of purchasing ticket online because the transaction tend to be painful if attempting to purchase ticket outside of Colombia.. but using a reputable credit card such as Barclay or Citibank really help your case. A regular credit card from your local bank probably will not go through unless you are in Colombia. Another head-up is that one carry-on is free so if you want to take your saddlebag, pay $10 per saddlebag for under the plane. In the end, probably be under $150 when all is said and done.

Had to edit twice because iPhone fail to register my edit properly! sorry!

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Old 08-21-2014, 05:31 PM   #465
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I did a quick test to get a price.. seem less than $99 depending on which day you want to fly to Medellin from Panama.. $61.20 to start with!! (They also offer flying to Bogota but I haven't checked the price yet)

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