Shipping Panama to Bogata.
Dateline January 8, 2010. Here is the latest from the Panama airport. My wife and I have just returned from there this afternoon after sorting out our shipment to Colombia.
COPA says they will not be shipping bikes to Colombia until March or April, so GIRAG is the only option other than by boat. We heard via email from a friend that he is returning to Panama City after rejecting the boat option due to rough seas.
GIRAG charges $901 per bike (cash only). The cargo area is easy to find. Currently they fly only Tuesday and Saturday. You deliver the bike the afternoon before the flight which leaves between 6 and 8 AM and arrives in Bogata in about 2 hours. You then have 24 hours to clear it from customs.
The two options for passengers are COPA and Avianca, $415 and $370 respectively. We went with Avianca as they had the available seats (COPA was booked).
A nice tidy sum for a short hop over the jungle, but, as they say, it is only money. We sill post from the other end to tell how it all went.
Joel and Taz