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Heading to Panama then Colombia best route?

I am going to take my bike to Colombia from Panama. I am wondering if people would choose going to Cartagena, Colombia or another port on the western side of Colombia and what are your experices from Colon, Panama or Panama City, Panama? Roughly what is the best option for cost? I would like make the trip to Colombia as cheap as possible bus safe as well. Any information would be great.
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There's not really a choice as regards destination; it's probably going to be Cartagena.

Your departure point is probably going to be determined by the availability and cost in Panama. Potentially, you could leave from; Colon, Portobelo or Carti. The cost could be anywhere between $350 and $750.

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i took a boat from puerto lindo,a bit east of portabello. cost 700 dollars in total for me and bike. sailed with the infamous leonardo. I thought he was great. good fun, ineresting and he knew what he was doing, with regards to loading the bike and papers stuff. all easy.... you can email silvia at the hostel wunderbar. she deals with some captains and can give ya dates. i ended up waiting at puerto lindo at the wunderbar for a few days over the said sailing date coz of waiting for other passengers to get their arses to puerto. but that was great , a gorgeous small unspoiled panamanian port. The 5 day trip was sailing through calm seas and staying in the san blas. paradise... we sailed into cartagena. it is a hard city to leave. mind you everywhere in colombia is hard to leave. messed my tight schedule right up.

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siggy,
thanks for the information. I dont know if I want to pay $700 but in the end it is what it is. I am going to search for the best price. my budget is running low because of mechanical problems along the way.
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Cruthas, search here for other options. We did this fairly recently.

It's worth shooting Mark on The Melody an email. I don't know what he charges these days, but I would think he is probably asking about $500:

freshaircharters[at]yahoo.com

Edit: just found the thread I was referring to:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...nama-air-36620

Good luck in solving your problems. I might be able to help with KLR parts if necessary.
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I have tried to search the hub but it has been broken for a while now so I am just trying to get a little more information as to where the best and cheapest place would be to catch a boat. I realize everyone wants this but I figured it was worth a shot to try and get a little info before I went into it without knowing anything. I will try and email Mark on the Melody. It sounds like that could be the boat.
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there is a cheaper way, but it is a lot more adventurous, by Kuna cargo boat to puerto obaldia then small boat to capurgana and turbo... did it last year, From USA to Venezuela , solo motorcycle trip . Claude
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Claude,

That's a really useful and professional blog; ain't many of those around these days. The Kuna boat looks like a really interesting, not to say economical, option.

PS: You know me from PBH. See you in Caracas.
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Hey strecher del norte.
tks for your comment. let me know in advance when you think coming this way. I will have to go for a few weeks to santa elena de uairen (15 km from the brazilian border) it is high season for me, have to take care of the business. Then mid january I think I will ship my new bike from miami to cartagena and then spend a few weeks in colombia. where is your homebase?

P.S. ya i discovered that pbh looking for info but way too many rednecks for my taste...

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Thanks for the information guys! The route you described claude sounds like it might be my best option. But as for Colon, I am a little apprehesive about going there. I have heard recent horror stories. But I guess it is what it is. Thanks again for the information.
Claude I have checked your website out a few times proven very useful!
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