STEP INTO ANOTHER WORLD… & STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

Before booking and being part of this adventure of a lifetime, you and everyone from your group must understand what San Blas Adventures offers. It’s a wild adventure through some of the most beautiful remote islands in the Caribbean

There may be bad weather, rough sea, you’ll probably get wet, there will be limited privacy, bucket showers, rustic accommodations, sleeping in hammocks, engine failures, mosquito bites, sunburn…  While discovering a new world anything can happen!

Are you up for it!?

How to book

To make a reservation we take a deposit of  $120 USD per person through our online booking system.

 

 

Select your departure date at :

 

www.sanblasadventures.com/calendar/

 Once we receive your deposit you will receive a booking confirmation + our FAQ in PDF.

 

After reading send us an email:

 

“I confirm that I understand, accept and agree with the information in the San Blas Adventures FAQ”

 

 

Your place on the trip is not confirmed until we receive this!!

 

 

By booking a tour through San Blas Adventures S.A, you confirm that you have read and fully understand, accept and agree our FAQ, terms and conditions, and our Liability Release.

Confirm your booking

CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING 5 DAYS BEFORE THE TRIP

 

– If you have booked more than 5 days in advance please –

 

CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING BY SENDING US AN EMAIL: ¨I WILL JOIN THE TRIP¨

 

 

 As we have only collected a deposit from you, and also for organization purposes, it’s very important we have contact with you and an e-mail confirmation that you will definitely be joining the trip.  Just like checking in for a flight, if we do not receive confirmation by email, it’s possible that your seat(s) can be resold, so make sure you get in touch!

 

 

Once you are booked please send us:

 

  • The email of everyone in your group
  • Full name (as it shows on the passport)
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth (day – month – year)
  • Passport #
  • Any special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, allergies, food intolerance, etc.)
  • Occupation
  • Hostel/hotel name

Panama to Colombia

Summertime: December to April

Please read carefully through our FAQ page and our Summertime segment. Please don’t book any flights for after the trip (December to April) before reading our summertime segment & FAQ page. We recommend to allow 4-5 days after the expected trip end date for scheduling flights or commitments.

 

 

Summertime… and the livin’ is breezy!

“Summer” in San Blas is from December to April and means blue skies, hot days and strong winds. Due to weather conditions at this time of year there are a few things we do differently that you need to take into consideration before booking with us.

Weather : During these months there is a strong wind that comes almost constantly from the north-east. This means that the sea can be rough, sometimes too rough to travel in. For the same reason, at this time of year, few sailboats travel to Cartagena as the open ocean stretch can be too rough, particularly outside Cartagena. Our trip is along the coast, mostly within the protection of islands and reefs, however there are sections where we are exposed to rough seas. We operate at this time of year with extreme caution. Safety always comes first and it’s possible we may delay or cancel a trip, before or during the trip. We will always keep you up to date and informed on sea conditions and possibility of delays or cancelation.

Differences to be aware of:

Voyages: Due to the winds our travel times can take longer and you’ll get wet.

Delays and flights:

It’s important that you do not have a flight or anything pressing at the other end. The trip could be delayed before it begins or we may have to wait a day or more on one of the islands to let weather pass (this can be a great extra experience, if you’re not in a rush, more time on the islands!). The longest we’ve been delayed in the past is 4 days. Deposit is refundable in the case of delay.

Extra costs: if we do get stuck on the islands there will be an extra cost of $30 a day for food and accommodation. We suggest you bring around $150 extra money on top of the recommended amount, in case there are delays.

Book early: Being high season and windy season together there are many travelers and few boats so get in sooner rather than later!!

To give you an idea of the frequency of delays, in general we are delayed 2 – 6 times throughout the entire high season and delays in the past have been anywhere from 1-4 days.

Cancellation: (This is extremely rare, however we have to have a policy)

If the trip is cancelled due to weather before the trip we will refund your deposit.

In the very unlikely event that the trip is cancelled during the trip and we have to return we will refund $80 per day for the days of the trip remaining and provide transport back to the start point.

Once the trip has started there are NO REFUNDS

If you decide to cancel/leave the trip, during the trip, because of a delay or any other reason there is no refund and you will need to pay for boat transport back to the start/end point.  
We will warn you before the trip of the likelihood of delay.  If you’re worried about a flight after the trip it’s better to cancel and take another transportation.

Weather

March/April – November/December

Generally known as the rainy season it’s actually a very comfortable time of year to travel in San Blas. The seas are calm and when it rains it generally only lasts a short time and we generally always have some sunshine.

Our trip depends on the weather so keep in mind that the itinerary can change at any time

December – March/April

For these months there is a strong wind almost constantly from the North-East. In general the sea is rougher and sometimes we may have to delay.

On the upside it is the Caribbean summer and because we travel along the coast a lot of our trip is mostly protected by islands and reefs.

Read more about our Summer Time & High season
Remember: We can’t control the weather, but we can control our attitude!

Meeting the day before the trip

WE ORGANISE A MEETING AT 11.00AM THE DAY BEFORE THE TRIP AT LUNA’S CASTLE HOSTEL IN THE OLD TOWN ¨CASCO VIEJO¨, PANAMA CITY

 

In this way we can brief you fully and make sure you are totally ready for the trip.  This meeting is really important so please be there if you can!!  It’s a good chance to see Casco Viejo (old town) at the same time.

 

This meeting is made for you to get a full briefing from the guide in order to be fully prepared for your departure the next day, and get to know the other people of the group.  Also after the briefing the remaining balance should be paid and $30 USD for the shared 4×4 car to the port.  

 

WHAT IF I MISS THE BRIEFING?

Read our FAQ twice!  There is all the information you need to be totally prepared for the trip.  In that case you will pay the remaining balance before the trip in the morning of the departure to your guide.

 

We strongly recommend you to attend the briefing to avoid any misunderstanding or surprises and to answer any of your questions!

Where does it start?

Our trip starts in Carti at the beginning of San Blas. This is where you will get on the boat and start your journey!

 

To get there you will need to take a jeep from Panama City.  This is not our company and the cost is not included in our trip, however we can help you organize it.  All you need to do is let us know where you’re staying.  Jeep cost is $30 per person

Jeep transport to the departure point ?

BE IN CONTACT WITH US AND LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE WHERE YOU WILL STAY IN PANAMA CITY FOR YOUR PICKUP.

 

 

We help organize the group transport by Jeep to Carti where the trip starts.  All you need to do is let us know where you’re staying.  This transport will pick you up on the morning of the trip at 5am.  

 

Shared Jeep costs $30 per person.

 

BE READY AT 5am IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL OR HOSTEL  YOU ARE STAYING AT.

 

NOTE : The transport service is NOT our company and the cost of transfer to the port is not included in our trip.  We are not responsible for this part of the journey.

 

Important Note: Late pick up or late arrival to the departing point due to no show, sleeping in or forgetting belongings at your hostel/hotel may cause extra expenses of up to $100-200 plus losing the 1st day activities.

 

If you bring any delicate valuables (money, docs, etc.), any breakable item, shock sensitive electronic devices, computers/laptops/mobile phones/tablets, etc. we recommend carrying them with you in your daily backpack inside the 4×4 car to avoid any shock damage or loss.

How do I prepare?

Read thoroughly through ALL THE FAQ!  Once when you book and once just before the trip.

Baggage allowance and extra baggage

Baggage allowance

Each guest has a baggage allowance of one large backpack and one small carry on bag.

Extra: If you would like to take something extra please check with us before booking to confirm that we have space.

Costs:

Extra backpack $30

Surfboard $30

Kite board $30

Bicycle $100

Note:  The extra charge covers the extra weight on the boat and does not cover damages.  You should take care of your gear on the boat.  If something breaks it’s your responsibility.

Surfboards:  We suggest you sit at the front of the boat and watch your board.  Take charge of taking the board on and off the boat yourself and storing it somewhere it won’t get damaged for the night.

Packing and bags preparation

It’s very important you follow these suggestions to prepare and protect your belongings during the trip.

Separate your things.  

Put what you will use for the trip in your small bag.  This is the bag you will keep with you for the trip.  Your big bag with everything you don’t need for the trip will be stored and may be carried separately.  You will not have access to it for the entire trip until the end.  Think carefully about what you need to bring.

For your electronics and important documents you MUST seal them in sealed plastic bags then tape them up so they are 100% WATERPROOF. In the unlikely event of water entering your bag we cannot be held responsible for damage to electronic equipment or personal items.

Do this the night before.  That way when we get to the boat we can store the bags and supplies straight away and vamos as soon as possible.

Passport:  We suggest storing it in a sealed plastic bag (ziplock) and carry it in your hand bag or small bag.

Some ideas for packing:

  • Change of Clothes
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Camera (fully charged)
  • Warm clothes or a sheet to sleep in. Can be chilly in a hammock.
  • A warm jumper/sweater/light jacket.
  • Some dollars to buy drinks, coconuts, kuna art, etc.
  • Sun Block/after sun.
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • 3 copies of your passport
  • Toilet paper
  • Cigarettes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Good spirit – and some good spirits!!

NOTE : Remember that you will be traveling on a boat with a good probability of getting water splash in the boat.  We strongly recommend you get a travel-insurance policy which covers you for loss or damage to your personal belongings, as we cannot be responsible for them.

Where does the trip end?

Our trip ends in Sapzurro, Colombia

near La Miel and Capurgana. These are some of the most beautiful, off the beaten track bays you will ever see. White sand beaches backed by untouched jungle, vibrant Caribbean villages in bays you can walk between. NO ROADS! Just horse and cart transport, waterfalls, hikes, a natural Jacuzzi, and some of Colombia’s best diving. There IS a danger though… you may want to stay

 

Note:

 

 

Our tour finishes in Sapzurro and it’s your choice if you’d like to stay there or carry on to Capurgana.  For those that going to Capurgana we will help organize the boat from Sapzurro to Capurgana.  Please note that these boats are not our company, are no longer part of our service and are not included in our price.  Boat cost 10-15,000 pesos or $4-5.
In Capurgana we often organise a last dinner with all the crew.

Travel after to Cartagena or Medellin

After the trip you will need to spend at least one night in Capurgana in order to catch the morning boat to Necocli, however we suggest you stay a few nights to enjoy the area before traveling on to Cartagena or Medellin. To get to either of these places it takes one day, leaving in the morning and arriving in the evening. The journey consists of one boat ride and one or two bus/van rides.

 

Costs and travel times to Cartagena & Medellin:

All times and prices are approximate.

 

Sapzurro – Capurgana: Boat trip 15,000 COP/$4-5. You can also walk this. It takes around 1.5 hours up and down a hill.  Only attempt this with your pack if you’re in really good shape.

 

Capurgana: Stamp into Colombia at the immigration office. This is free and easy, no need for onward ticket. You will only need 1 copy of your passport and your yellow fever card. We recommend getting the yellow fever vaccine before you start your trip in Panama.

 

Canadians -Immigration requirement exception: Canadian nationals need to pay a 160.000 pesos entrance fee to Colombia.  

 

Sapzurro – La Miel: 20 min walk over a hill. Stand on the line between 2 continents!

 

Capurgana – Necocli: Around 1.5 hours. Leaves once a day at 11:00a.m. Cost is 70,000 COP.

 

Boat to Necocli: You must book your ticket for the boat to Necocli and stamp out of Colombia the day before you leave.

 

Preparation for Necocli ferry : Make sure all your bags are protected by bin liners (plastic bags). These can be bought at the shop by the dock. Have sun block ready. Hint: the most comfortable place to sit is at the back of the boat.

Necocli – Cartagena: Van to Monteria – 40,000 – 3 hrs. Van Monteria – Cartagena – 60,000 – 5.5hrs.   100,000 COP in total

 

Necocli – Medellin: Bus around 9.5 hrs – 70,000 pesos

 

Total cost from Sapzurro to Cartagena is around COP 200,000 / $70 USD (all amounts need to be paid in Colombian Pesos)

 

Total cost between Sapzurro and Medellin around COP 170,000 / $60 USD (all amounts need to be paid in Colombian Pesos)

 

Note: All amounts may change due to providers’ policy and money exchange rates.

Passport - Immigration - stamps

Please, make sure you have the entrance stamp to Panama in your passport before heading to Cartí.

 

 

Stamping out of Panama: We do this on the last day of the trip and all costs are covered by us. This stop will take at least 45 mins so you will need a little patience.  You will need 2 copies of your passport.

 

Stamping into Colombia: You will do this in the immigration office on the main street of Capurgana on the last day of the trip.  It is totally free and easy.   You will need 1 copy of your passport.

 

*Canadian nationals have a 160.000 pesos entrance fee to Colombia. 

 

Passport

You will need your passport on you on the first morning of the trip in the jeep to show as you enter San Blas.  And on the last day of the trip to stamp out of Panama.

NEW REGULATION Yellow Fever Vaccine
Yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for Colombian entrance and to take the trip (please, make sure to bring your yellow fever vaccine card).
More information here: Colombian Ministry of Health info

 

** The army will check all your luggage – Be 100% sure you don’t have any drugs, they will find it and you will go to jail for 10+ years**

Panama to Colombia & Back!

If you’d like to experience this amazing adventure through San Blas, visit the border towns where we finish and come back again, there is a way! A short boat ride from Capurgana to Puerto Obaldia and a flight to Panama City and you’re back in Panama for around $120 USD.

What kind of boat will I be traveling on ?

SAN BLAS ADVENTURES IS A FAST BOAT ALTERNATIVE TO SAILING – NO OCEAN CROSSING

We travel an average of 1-3 hours per day on local speedboats. The total travel time during the trip is around 8-10 hours depending on sea conditions.   This is a great alternative to sailing as it means you spend most of your day on the islands, relaxing in the sun, exploring villages, snorkeling, and just enjoying island life in general.

Unique route

We travel between Sapzurro in Colombia and Carti in Panama.  This is literally from one extreme of San Blas to the other.

We are THE ONLY tour that takes you through the full archipelago of San Blas.  Passing through all 365 islands.

No ocean crossing:  Traveling this way you’re always in sight of the coastline, weaving through paradise islands and indigenous villages.

Colombian highlights: Visit Sapzurro, Capurgana & La Miel on your way. Some of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean
http://sanblasadventures.com/map/

What’s included ?
  • 4 days – 3 Nights
  • Boat travel between Carti, Panama & Sapzurro, Colombia
  • Boat travel from Carti to Sapzurro or Sapzurro to Carti (depending on trip direction)
  • Meals, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day
  • Accommodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Kuna Yala entrance fee
  • Islands Fees
  • Panama Immigration fees
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Beach equipment
  • An unforgettable experience!
Do I have to pay islands or stamps fee ?

NO. We take care of your stamp in or out of Panama, your entrance fees for Kuna Yala & island fees for each island. On the Colombian side stamping in is free* and is done in Capurgana.
*Canadian nationals have a 160.000 pesos entrance fee to Colombia.  You will need 1 extra copy of your passport.

Money preparation

Make sure you get enough cash in Panama city before the trip.  Remaining balance should be paid in cash dollars.

Before the trip

– $30 Shared 4×4 car from Panama city downtown to Carti.

Trip Balance

– Trip price (minus your reservation deposit).

 

Suggested extra money

– San Blas islands: approx. $50 USD (drinks, beers, Guna art, etc)

– Approx. 300.000 COP for onward travel in Colombia (transport to Cartagena or Medellin, 1 night accommodation in Capurgana and meals).

 

We recommend having extra cash with you so if you fall in love with the area of Sapzurro/Capurgana you can spend some extra days there!

 

Important: There are no cash machines after Panama City  until Necocli.  None in Capurgana, Sapzurro, San Blas, or Carti.  Plan ahead and take enough money out before the trip.

 

Drinks and coconuts in San Blas are $1-$2 USD and Guna art & jewellery are sold between $5-$30 USD

Where can I get Colombian Pesos

You can exchange Dollars to Pesos at Albrook Mall, in Casco Viejo, at any Western Union, at any banks or any money exchange house.

Why is the remaining trip balance paid in cash

This adventure is run through a very remote part of the world.  Part of what sets us aside from other routes & tours through San Blas is how closely we work with the communities and how much of our tour is provided by the locals, including our crew, boats, accommodation, food, and the beautiful places we spend time at each day.  It is necessary for us to receive balances after the deposit in cash in order to pay for each service provided by the Kuna.

Travel with us and support the local community

We work very closely with the Kuna on all aspects of the trip and most of the money from your fare stays in San Blas, distributed among the local people we work with and the different communities we visit along the way.

San Blas Adventures donates to various projects in the Kuna Yala and in Capurgana. From the beginning of our Adventure you’ll see that there are many ways in which local people along our route can benefit and share the opportunities that tourism brings.

http://volunteersanblas.com/

RECYCLING & IN KUNA YALA: Waste distribution and recycling are major issues in Kuna Yala that the Kunas have never dealt with.

They have not had access to the information and education on how to deal with such issues, which means unfortunately some parts of some islands are littered with plastic, so we have decided to start doing something about it!

Classes and education will be offered on the benefits of recycling for the land, sea, and animals. A rescue project is taking place for the Leatherback turtles who land in Armila to lay their eggs every year.

This is a huge project and it’s one foot in front of the other, but we are dedicated to growing our efforts with the goal of a garbage free San Blas, and education in the villages so it stays that way for generations to come.

We have close ties with the communities of San Blas and want to give back for all the knowledge, beauty, friendships, and love they have shared with us!

IN CAPURGANA :  We are involved in various projects including education and sports for children, caring for the elderly, and general positive development in the village.
We want to say thanks to you all for choosing to travel with us and making these things possible!

Team spirit

Nothing is expected of you except to enjoy yourself, have a good time, and wash your plate. However, if you’re the kind of person who likes to get involved you’re more than welcome to help us out during the trip, chopping veggies for example, or with whatever else is going on.

 

You’ll be sharing this journey with other travelers, as well as the guides and Kunas from our team and the islands along the way. It’s important to make an effort to be friendly and respectful, be kind, help each other, and always try and keep a positive team spirit. Also, keep in mind that anything can happen so it’s important to be patient sometimes and keep a positive attitude.  No matter what’s happening it’s all a great adventure!  

 

Keep this mind set and it will make the experience more enjoyable for yourself and everyone else on the trip!

Seasickness and Travel Times

SAN BLAS ADVENTURES IS A FAST BOAT ALTERNATIVE TO SAILING

Seasickness not likely:  Because our boats go faster and don’t sway so much from side to side it’s very unlikely you’ll get seasick.  Of course on rare occasions, and to people who are very sensitive it can happen, but it’s extremely rare.  And if it does happen the good news is the boat ride is short so you’ll be off on the next island soon enough.  

Note: we are only on the boat 1-3 hours per day and always within the sight of shore.

Sea is rougher between Dec and Apr:  Check FAQ/Weather

If you know you are prone to seasickness we recommend you bring some seasickness pills.

Rules & respect for the Kuna

Our relationship and your experience

After many years of operating in San Blas we have developed very close relationships with the local indigenous community, the Kuna. Being able to share this experience with you, and share you with them, is an integral part of our trip and what really sets us apart.

Throughout the trip you will be meeting locals who work with us, communities that we work closely with, and villages where we buy supplies like fish/seafood, rums, & ice, etc. We highly respect the communities in our route and we plan our trips so we don’t exhaust the villages with our visit.

Most of our crew are from these villages and we are welcome there.

As an individual you are welcome to go around villages to talk with and meet the locals.

Photos:

Photos are a big deal in Kuna Yala, some will ask you 1$ for taking a photo of them, some will completely refuse. In all cases you will need to start a conversation with them first and then ask for a photo.

Kunas children will go after your camera and make your photography a dream! However, you will still need to ask their permission and if their mother or father is around, you will need to ask permission from them.

Coconuts:

The San Blas islands are coconut plantations planted by the Kuna. Every coconut, no matter where you find it, has an owner whom you need to find and pay before going crazy banging it on rocks and whatever you can find to try and get it open. Kunas have machetes and they will open it for you.

Village Rules:

  • Always wear a shirt in villages,
  • Ask before taking pictures. Sometimes the Kuna may charge you 1$ for picture.

Please don’t offer alcohol to the Kunas, particularly rum, the reaction is not fun for anyone!

You can bring things for the Kunas kids. Some suggestions are: books, pens, volleyball, basketball, football, any game…. It’s better to give these kinds of things than sweets.

Drinks and drinking

Drinks are not included

Water: We recommend around 1 gallon per person before the trip as you can also buy water on some of the islands

Cold beers, sodas and coconuts: can be purchased from most of the islands during the trip with a cost of $1-2 depending on the island.

Rum: A popular drink among guests, should be bought before the trip as it is usually not available on the islands.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol! Of course you will want to enjoy a few beers and sample some of the local rum around the fire at night, however don’t make yourself a liability. Nobody wants to have to look after the drunk guy. Tropical hangovers are a nightmare and you don’t want to miss out on the day activities if you are trying to recover from the night before!  Also, if you hurt yourself you’re a long way from the nearest hospital and there are no ambulances.  (there are some clinics in some villages)

Drinking in the indigenous villages is not permitted by the Kuna laws, for that we have our private social areas to socialize and have a drink all together!

Be understanding  and respectful of others:

In a San blas adventures group most of the people are well traveled, well mannered and well informed.  It is a holiday break so they are allowed to party and socialize.. if you want to join – you can, if not then there is plenty of space to chill, explore or enjoy the islands your way.

As a free flowing trip, we want people to enjoy themselves but we are not shy to let you know if you get a little too excited with the drinks. There’s generally a good sociable atmosphere when travelers get together on a boat roaming paradise islands and we encourage people to enjoy the trip their way as long as they respect other people who want to do other things too. It’s also important to respect the kuna people leaving on the islands and the ones working with us or part of the crew. We want our groups to be socially aware, respect each other, the crew and the locals.

Kuna and alcohol:

Unfortunately we have to keep mentioning this and double reinforcing its importance. DO NOT GIVE KUNA ALCOHOL Kuna are an indigenous people and like many asians they don’t have the enzymes to digest and filter alcohol properly.   What seems funny can quickly turn into a really annoying or potentially dangerous situation.  It’s not safe to be completely intoxicated on a small island. Please be respectful of this!

Food

All meals are included

from lunch the first day to lunch the last day of the journey. 10 meals in total.

Snacks are not included.

Dietary requirements: Please inform us of any dietary requirements.  If you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies etc.

Our menu is based on traditional caribbean cooking with a gringo touch, using fresh seafood, lobsters when available, chicken, vegetables, fruits, rice… The seafood in San Blas is first class and we serve lots of it!

We buy our fish directly from the fisherman on some islands or the locals prepare delicious meals for us. We stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables,vegetarians and vegans will enjoy healthy dishes.  The crew usually serves fruits between the meals or after the meals.

We are proud of our food, our teams and the Kunas cook with passion. Sometimes we do not cook per plate but in one big batch caribbean style so it will be hard to separate ingredients just to cater for those who do not like garlic or onions etc. Remember that you are on remote islands!  You may have to make a small exception sometimes.
We always work to improve and do our best to satisfy our guests!

Sleeping Arrangements


Each night you will have the luxury of sleeping on a new island!

 

Since each day will be on a new island, you’ll get to experience sleeping in a mixture of cabana beach islands and Kuna village islands.  Some are on their own private island, within a traditional village or on a secluded beach.

 

Hammocks/beds

Accommodations are provided by the Kuna people and generally consist of dorm style rooms with hammocks.  Some islands have some beds available.

 

Couples

Where possible we give couples a room of their own, and the opportunity to sleep together, however sometimes due to availability you couple will have to be in a shared room.

 

Bugs

The islands we stay on are mostly bug free but it’s a good idea to bring some repellent anyway. In the rainy season there may be sandflies on some islands. Some kind of oil, like baby oil or coconut oil are the best defence against sandflies and no-seems (chitras).

 

There will be no sleeping on board as we are a speedboat.

 

We recommend that you bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
Keep in mind: This is an adventure!! Amenities are rustic with a charm

Toilet and Shower





Toilet:  There is no toilet on the boat

 

Depending on the islands, we have a mix of plumbing toilets and indigenous Kuna toilet, they are rustic toilets build above the sea, you will have the experience of a lifetime using this ancestral way to do your necessities! We advise you not to throw toilet paper in the sea but to put it in the trash.

 

Showers:

There are fresh water showers on the islands.  Water either comes from a well or water drums filled from a river on the mainland.

 

No toilet or shower!

Some islands we stop at during the day have no toilet, shower or running water..  Just coconut trees.  You might have to improvise…  

What is not included?
  • PERFECT WEATHER & SEA CONDITION – NO GUARANTEES
  • ACCOMMODATION BEFORE & AFTER THE TRIP
  • ALL TRANSPORTS BEFORE AND AFTER THE TRIP
  • ALCOHOL, DRINKS, WATER
  • SNACKS BETWEEN THE MEALS
  • FINS (snorkel and mask are included)
  • TOWELS
Electricity and Charging Batteries

There are often no plugs or electricity on the Islands. Sometimes you will be able to charge batteries on some of the nights if you are lucky and find a solar panel with a plug!

We recommend that you fully charge your batteries the night before the trip.
Remember to pack a Flashlight or Head-torch.

Who is our trip for?

MEET PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

We encourage a wide mix of ages within the group, from old time adventurers to short break professionals to first time travelers.
Every combination of people makes a unique, one off, atmosphere onboard. There is no upper age limit. All you need is a normal physical condition to get on and off the boat, and an adventurous team spirit!

How big is the group?

Depending on the season, our trips leave from 8 up to 27  crew not included.

Bicycles and motorbikes

Bicycles

Before booking check with us that we have space to take a bike on the trip date you want to travel.

Cost: $100

Motorbike

Sorry, we cannot take motorbikes.

Pregnant women

we do Not bring pregnant women on our trip for the simple reason to avoid issues with the pregnancy due to the bumpy ride of the boat.

Drugs

NO DRUGS ON BOARD!

Be 100% sure you have NO DRUGS with you on the trip. At some point the authorities may check all your luggage, in which case they will find whatever you have and you will go to jail for a very long time, like 10 years! Not fun. Rum on the other hand is legal and lots of fun!!
** The army will check all your luggage at the Panamanian immigration – Be 100% sure you don’t have any drugs, they will find it and you will go to jail for 10+ years**

Payments and Cash

Online booking:

We require $120 U.S.D deposit to confirm your reservation. This is payable through our online booking system at

www.sanblasadventures.com/calendar/  

 

PayPal deposits:

On rare occasions if a guest for some reason cannot make the booking online we can take deposit with PayPal. *there is an additional 7% charge for PayPal payments.

 

Paypal full payment:

We are able to take a very limited amount of full booking payments with PayPal per trip.  Usually 1-3 per trip.  This will be available on a first come first serve basis. *there is an additional 7% charge for PayPal payments.

You do not need to be registered with PayPal to pay your deposit. Instructions on how to pay can be answered by email.

 

Your remaining balance is due before the trip in cash in dollars. WHY?

 

Our trip is through a very remote part of the world.  Part of what sets us aside from other routes & tours through San Blas is how closely we work with the communities and how much of our adventure is provided by the locals including our crew, boats, accommodation, food, and the beautiful places we spend time at each day.  It is necessary for us to receive balances after deposit in cash in order to pay for each service provided by the Kuna.

 

Prepare for no cash machines :

Remember, there are NO CASH MACHINES, NO BANKS & NO ATM´s between Necocli and Panama city, in San Blas, Capurgana & Sapzurro

 

We suggest taking money out a few days before the trip to avoid last minute problems.

 

Our trip is all inclusive, except for drinks. How much money you need will depend on how much you drink and if you buy extras like Kuna art!

Delays & Flights

Delays: It’s possible at any time of the year that a trip can be delayed

Dec – Apr:  Is the most common time for this to happen.  Check FAQ/summertime

Low season Sep – Nov:

On rare occasions in the low season we may delay a trip one or two days if there are not enough people booked.  

Random events:

Sometimes in Panama, Colombia or in San Blas there are events (like a strike) that can stop everything.  In this case there’s nothing we can do but wait.

Refunds due to delays:

If a trip is delayed for any reason and you are no longer able to make the trip we can refund your deposit.

Flights:

We suggest you leave a few days leeway in your travel plans and particularly if booking flights after the trip.  This way you’ll be relaxed if something happens out of the ordinary.  

If you do have a flight booked directly after the trip understand that there is always some risk you might not make it.  Of course if you let us know we will do everything we can to help you get you to your flight on time.  

Rescheduling Policy

Rebooking/changing date:

Bookings are transferable to another date or direction free of charge (1 time) if we are notified at least 10 days before departure *subject to availability.

1st rebooking more than 10 days before the trip = Free

2nd rebooking, and any rebooking after = $20 per person in the booking.

3-10 days before the trip = fee of $20 per person in the booking

1-2 days before the trip = Fee of $40 per person in the booking.

*This doesn’t apply for health, or other emergencies with proof. In that case send us an email with the document showing why you had to rebook.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

IF YOU WISH TO CANCEL YOUR SPOT ON A TRIP SCHEDULED:

If you cancel you may be eligible for a refund depending on how many days before the trip you cancel:

 

More than 30 days :                                  FULL REFUND

8 – 30 Days (DAYS INCLUDED) :           50% REFUND

*7 Days or less :                                            NO REFUND

 

*We will not refund any deposit amount if you have cancelled less than 7 days before your scheduled departure.

 

Refunds will be mostly done with PayPal or through our booking online system.

 

IF WE CANCEL OR DELAY A TRIP :

We only cancel a trip if there is a severe weather warning or if the Marin office does not give us clearance to travel.

 

On rare occasions we may delay the trip a day or so if we don’t have enough people to run the trip or if for some unforeseen reason we cannot leave on the day scheduled.

 

If our trip cannot proceed on the scheduled departure date, we will reschedule in the next day/s. In that case we will let you know sending an email explaining the delay. We issue full refunds if a trip date is moved or cancelled due to weather or any other reason.

 

We will issue a full refund if we cancel the full trip.

If we cancel the full trip, you can also join the next departure if there is an available seat and if that works for you.

 

Note : By Booking the trip you accepted our FAQ,  the terms & conditions and liability & release

Health & Safety

All travelers must have their own health Insurance.

Having a personal insurance is not a mandatory requirement,but, we strongly recommend you to subscribe to an insurance policy to protect you.

We are an adventure company traveling in a very remote area.

We do as much as we can to avoid accidents. Our crew are trained to respond in emergency situations and look out for dangers but no matter how much we take care accidents can happen in this environment.  It is still up to our travelers incentives to look after themselves and avoid mishaps.

Life jackets:

Will be provided and it’s important that you wear them at all time while on the boat.

Safety in the water:

Stay in a depth and distance from the island you are totally comfortable with.  Only go snorkeling with at least one other person.  No swimming at night.  At night you can get in the water close to the island but not swim around off the shore.

What happens in an emergency?

Some of the village islands throughout San Blas have clinics with doctors trained in western medicine.  Most issues can be dealt with at these clinics.  In worse cases we would have to make every effort to get an injured person to Panama City.

Allergies:

If you know you allergic to something and could need an epi pen, please make sure you have it with you!!! This could save your life.

Do I need Travel & Health insurance?

This is not mandatory but we strongly recommend all travelers to have their own Travel & health Insurance.

Remember that you will be traveling in remote islands. We recommend travel-insurance policy that covers loss/damage/theft of personal belongings and medical insurance that covers travel and water sports.  We cannot be responsible for such incidents on the trip.

Note : By booking you accept our terms and conditions and liability release

Property loss/damage policy

You are responsible for and must take care of your own property.

In the transport before and after the trip:

Take care of your personal stuff during the transport before and after the trip, make sure you don’t forget anything inside the vans, buses or jeep you travel with. If you forget something it will be lost and almost impossible to get it back.

On the islands:

Every time before leaving an island, getting on, or off the boat, make sure you have all your stuff packed and don’t forget anything on the islands, phone, towel, sunglasses,… You will almost definitely never go back! and you’ll probably never get back what have left behind.

Your responsibility:

We can not be responsible for your personal items left behind, missing, lost or damaged. The best is to take care of your stuff.
NOTE : Remember that you will be traveling in remote islands. We strongly recommend you to get a travel-insurance policy which covers your personal items lost, damaged or stolen.

Transport Before & after the trip Policy

Third party transport:

Although we help you organize transportation from Cartagena to Necocli, or from Panama city to Carti, Carti to Panama City, all vans hostels, and boats are not a part of San Blas Adventures or our services.  We do our best to choose the most professional, organized and punctual providers. If some part of the trip does not go as planned, please be patient. you can call your guide with any problems during the travel.

Our trip

Remember our trip is a speed boat island hopping trip starting in Sapzurro and ending in Carti or vice versa.  All transport outside of this trip is 3rd party and not part of our tour.

Why 3rd party transport is not included:

There are many reasons why we do not include transport before and after the trip.  

1: To give guests flexibility in their travel plans before and after the trip.

2:Running our tour in this remote part of the world is a logistical monster.  It’s more than enough for us to run and be responsible for.

3: We cannot control the transport provided.  We really have minimal control over the quality of the service and the actions of the providers.  They are the way they are.

4: Our boat transport is run by Kuna and they have limits to where they can take their boats.  That’s why the tour starts in Sapzurro and not in Capurgana.

Just like before a flight your taxi is not included to the airport.  

We help by giving information and helping to organize transport before and after the trip however these extra services are not part of our tour and ultimately they are your responsibility.  

Not always perfect:

We do our best to work with the most professional providers available to us, however the fact is that in this part of the world even that best could be well below what you might find in a 1st world country.  

On rare occasions these third party services may:

be late – unorganized – drive too fast – drive too slow – have a car that’s not in the condition you’re used to –  be unfriendly – make you wait somewhere or pick people up you think shouldn’t be in the car… Maybe even a chicken if you’re lucky!  

That’s life in this part of the world.

Complaints about 3rd party transport:

Please do not complain about the third party transport or let it bring you or others down if your experience is not perfect.  You have to understand that there is NOTHING WE CAN DO.  That’s why we let you know here about all the things that can happen.  In saying that it doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely have a bad experience.  95% of the time it’s fine.   Obviously if something extreme happens then we want to know.  However, ultimately complaints should be taken up directly with the provider in question.

Only bring good energy on our trip please!

Extra service from us & not mandatory:

The transport we help organise before and after the trip is totally not our transport and organising it is an extra we do to help make things easy for you.  You’re completely welcome to organise your own transport and make your own way to the start point of our trip.

Personal belongings:

We can not be held responsible for any property loss or damage during these travel with 3rd party providers. However, in the case something does happen, we will communicate with the transport provider and do our best to assist you.  

Price changes:

We do our best to keep our information up to date but 3rd party providers can change their prices from day to day.  All prices are subject to last minute changes and our information may not be 100% up to date.  If you see our information is not up to date please let us know.  

How the safety and security is in Colombia?

(CNN) – There was a time when few travelers visited Colombia, when the country was synonymous with drug lords, when the only English you heard on the streets was spoken by American Marines.

That Colombia — a country of conflict and cartels — has largely disappeared, replaced by a rejuvenated capital of Bogota and a resilient culture that refuses to be bogged down by the dark days.

Premonitions and stereotypes should be swept aside before visiting this South American country of spectacular scenery. Today’s Colombia is much more than the ugly Escobar legacy or its famed Andean coffee — though a cup of café will most certainly reach your hands during a trip!

  • Medellin is the world’s most innovative city, officially
  • Drug culture stereotypes are false and offensive
  • Bogota must be seen from Monserrate
  • Security has dramatically improved
  • Cali is Salsa City
  • Capurgana, Sapzurro best kept secrets villages!!

Link to the blog :

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/24/travel/colombia-10-things/

Can we book a Private group trip?

We can organise the trip for private groups for 12+ people. Please contact us on our email at [email protected]

Where can i see more fotos or videos?

SAN BLAS ADVENTURES VIDEO :

WATCH HERE!

Our tripadvisor : 

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Our Facebook for more fotos!

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Lonely planet :

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And much more!..You can google san blas adventures and get more reviews, fotos and blogs from people who did our trip

Any other information you need to know?

You should be able to find all the answers at your questions above, however: If you do have a question that is not already answered here then you can send an email to [email protected]

For any other enquiries the only way to contact us is via e-mail, it may take a bit to answer emails so please do not expect an immediate response, we will do our best to answer within 48 hours. Your patience is appreciated!

If you don’t get a response:

Sometimes your email can be lost in the spam somehow, If you don’t receive any answer in 48h, please don’t hesitate to send us a new email.

AGREE AND ACCEPT OUR FAQ?

By booking our trip you understood, accepted and agreed on our FAQ, terms and conditions, liability and Releases

Colombia to Panama

Summertime: December to April

Please read carefully through our FAQ page and our Summertime segment. Please don’t book any flights for after the trip (December to April) before reading our summertime segment & FAQ page. We recommend to allow 3-5 days after the expected trip end date for scheduling flights or commitments.

 

Summertime… and the livin’ is breezy!

 

“Summer” in San Blas is from December to April and means blue skies, hot days and strong winds. Due to weather conditions at this time of year there are a few things we do differently that you need to take into consideration before booking with us.

 

Weather : During these months there is a strong wind that comes almost constantly from the north-east. This means that the sea can be rough, sometimes too rough to travel in. For the same reason, at this time of year, few sailboats travel to Cartagena as the open ocean stretch can be too rough, particularly outside Cartagena. Our trip is along the coast, mostly within the protection of islands and reefs, however there are sections where we are exposed to rough seas. We operate at this time of year with extreme caution. Safety always comes first and it’s possible we may delay or cancel a trip, before or during the trip. We will always keep you up to date and informed on sea conditions and possibility of delays or cancelation.

 

Differences to be aware of:

 

Voyages: Due to the winds our travel times can take longer and you’ll get wet.

 

Delays and flights:

It’s important that you do not have a flight or anything pressing at the other end. The trip could be delayed before it begins or we may have to wait a day or more on one of the islands to let weather pass (this can be a great extra experience, if you’re not in a rush, more time on the islands!). The longest we’ve been delayed in the past is 4 days. Deposit is refundable in the case of delay.

 

Extra costs: if we do get stuck on the islands there will be an extra cost of $30 a day for food and accommodation. We suggest you bring around $150 extra money on top of the recommended amount, in case there are delays.

 

Book early: Being high season and windy season together there are many travelers and few boats so get in sooner rather than later!!

To give you an idea of the frequency of delays, in general we are delayed 2 – 6 times throughout the entire high season and delays in the past have been anywhere from 1-4 days.

 

Cancellation: (This is extremely rare, however we have to have a policy)

If the trip is cancelled due to weather before the trip we will refund your deposit.

In the very unlikely event that the trip is cancelled during the trip and we have to return we will refund $80 per day for the days of the trip remaining and provide transport back to the start point.

 

Once the trip has started there are NO REFUNDS

 

If you decide to cancel/leave the trip, during the trip, because of a delay or any other reason there is no refund and you will need to pay for boat transport back to the start/end point.  
We will warn you before the trip of the likelihood of delay.  If you’re worried about a flight after the trip it’s better to cancel and take another transportation.

Weather

March/April – November/December

Generally known as the rainy season it’s actually a very comfortable time of year to travel in San Blas. The seas are calm and when it rains it generally only lasts a short time and we generally always have some sunshine.

Our trip depends on the weather so keep in mind that the itinerary can change at any time

December – March/April

For these months there is a strong wind almost constantly from the North-East. In general the sea is rougher and sometimes we may have to delay.

On the upside it is the Caribbean summer and because we travel along the coast a lot of our trip is mostly protected by islands and reefs.

Read more about our Summer Time & High season
Remember: We can’t control the weather, but we can control our attitude!

Meeting the day before the trip

IMPORTANT: You must be in Capurgana the day before the trip.  That means leaving Cartagena, Medellin (or any other town/city) 2 days before the trip.

MEETING AT 12.00pm MIDDAY THE DAY BEFORE THE TRIP AT OUR SAN BLAS ADVENTURES  INFO POINT BY THE DOCK IN CAPURGANA

This meeting is really important so please be there. If you are coming from Necocli and your boat is late, don’t worry, we’ll wait for you.

This meeting is made for you to get a full briefing from the guide in order to be fully prepared for your departure the next day, and get to know the other people of the group.  Also after the briefing the remaining balance should be paid and $30 USD for the shared 4×4 car from Carti to Panama city.

 

WHAT IF I MISS THE BRIEFING?

Read our FAQ twice!  There is all the information you need to be totally prepared for the trip.  In that case you will pay the remaining balance before the trip in the morning of the departure to your guide.

 

We strongly recommend you to attend the briefing to avoid any misunderstanding or surprises and to answer any of your questions!

Where does it start?

Our trip starts in Sapzurro – Colombia, near La Miel and Capurgana. These are some of the most beautiful, off the beaten track bays you will ever see. White sand beaches backed by untouched jungle, vibrant Caribbean villages in bays you can walk between. NO ROADS! Just horse and cart transport, waterfalls, hikes, a natural Jacuzzi, and some of Colombia’s best diving. There IS a danger though… you may want to stay!

How do I prepare?

Read thoroughly through ALL THE FAQ!  Once when you book and once just before the trip.

Please, stamp out of Colombia (at the immigration office in Capurganá) on the day before the trip before heading to Sapzurro.

Baggage allowance and extra baggage

Baggage allowance

Each guest has a baggage allowance of one large backpack and one small carry on bag.

Extra: If you would like to take something extra please check with us before booking to confirm that we have space.

Costs:

Extra backpack $30

Surfboard $30

Kite board $30

Bicycle $100

Note:  The extra charge covers the extra weight on the boat and does not cover damages.  You should take care of your gear on the boat.  If something breaks it’s your responsibility.

Surfboards:  We suggest you sit at the front of the boat and watch your board.  Take charge of taking the board on and off the boat yourself and storing it somewhere it won’t get damaged for the night.

Packing and preparing your bags

It’s very important you follow these suggestions to prepare and protect your belongings during the trip.

 

Separate your things.  

Put what you will use for the trip in your small bag.  This is the bag you will keep with you for the trip.  Your big bag with everything you don’t need for the trip will be stored and may be carried separately.  You will not have access to it for the entire trip until the end.  Think carefully about what you need to bring.

 

For your electronics and important documents you MUST seal them in sealed plastic bags then tape them up so they are 100% WATERPROOF. In the unlikely event of water entering your bag we cannot be held responsible for damage to electronic equipment or personal items.

Do this the night before.  That way when we get to the boat we can store the bags and supplies straight away and vamos as soon as possible.

 

Passport:  We suggest storing it in a sealed plastic bag (ziplock) and carry it in your hand bag or small bag.

 

Some ideas for packing:

 

  • Change of Clothes
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Camera (fully charged)
  • Warm clothes or a sheet to sleep in. Can be chilly in a hammock.
  • A warm jumper/sweater/light jacket.
  • Some dollars to buy drinks, coconuts, kuna art, etc.
  • Sun Block/after sun.
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • 3 copies of your passport
  • Toilet paper
  • Cigarettes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Good spirit – and some good spirits!!

NOTE : Remember that you will be traveling on a boat with a good probability of getting water splash in the boat.  We strongly recommend you get a travel-insurance policy which covers you for loss or damage to your personal belongings, as we cannot be responsible for them.

Where does the trip end?

The trip ends in Carti, Tupile – Panama

at the very end of San Blas on the Panamanian side. From there you can stay in San Blas or take a jeep to Panama City. We will have the jeep organized to be there to pick the group up, however, this is not our company and it’s not included in our trip price.  Jeep cost is $30 USD per person.

 

You can stay in San Blas after the trip.  In this case we will need to know in advance not to book your jeep to the city.

 

Note: There are no hotels or accommodation next to the dock where we arrive in Carti, Tupile.  If you decide to stay after the trip you will have to organize your own transport to another island and book your own accommodation.
The jeeps are run by a third party company, we are not responsible for this part of the journey and it’s not included in our trip price.  

How do I get to Capurgana/Sapzurro ?

You can get to the start point of Capurgana/Sapzurro from Cartagena or Medellin. This journey is one and a bit days through beautiful Colombian scenery. Both ways you will take a bus or buses/vans to Necocli and a boat from Necocli to Capurgana. The boat from Necocli always leaves in the morning so you can either stay one night in Necocli or take the overnight bus from Cartagena or Medellin.

 

TRAVEL GROUP FROM CARTAGENA :

You can travel to the start point by yourself or we help organize a travel group leaving from Cartagena 2 days before the trip (approx. 235,000 pesos with the group – all transport services to Capurganá need to be paid in Colombian Pesos). In this case we help by calling an organized transport to get you to Necocli, however this is third party shared transport and we are not responsible for this part of the journey. Our trip starts when you get on our boat in Sapzurro and ends in Carti.  

 

Note: the cost of this trip to Capurgana may change due to providers’ policy and money exchange rates.

 

Getting to Capurgana/Sapzurro by yourself

If you travel by yourself, please let us know if you’ll arrive previously to the trip date and stay in Capurganá meanwhile.  During high season (December until April) accommodation availability is scarce and your hostel should be reserved in advance in Sapzurro (Colombia) for the night before the trip (all guests should stay in Sapzurro the night before the trip)..

 We also recommend reserving in advance accommodation in Panama city: Let us know by email if you’d like us to help you with this reservation.

 

Cartagena to Capurgana/Sapzurro

Total cost of all transport and accommodation from Cartagena to Capurgana/Sapzurro is around 255,000 pesos (Approximately $85 USD) – all transport services to Capurganá need to be paid in Colombian Pesos.

Note: Costs may change due to providers’ policy and money exchange rates.

 

Day 1

  • Take a taxi to the terminal approx. 15.000 pesos .
  • Terminal to Monteria. around 60,000 per person – approx. 5 hours.
  • Van, Monteria to Necocli. around 40,000 per person – 3 hours.
  • Accommodation in Necocli is 30,000 pesos at Hotel Panorama. (All van prices are approximate and subject to negotiation.)

 

Book your boat to Capurgana: at the reception of Hotel Panorama.

 

Hotel Panorama:

[email protected]

(+57) 313 792 8360 – (+57) 310 358 6312 – (+57) 315 687 4284

 

Day 2

Boat to Capurgana: Leaves at 8:00am – Around 1.5 hours. 70,000 per person (7am on Sunday)

 

Preparation for boat:

Make sure your bags are protected by bin liners (plastic bags). These can be brought before loading the boat for around 2,000 pesos per bag. Have sun block ready and water protection ready for yourself.

 

Meeting point: is at our San Blas Adventures office by the dock in Capurgana midday on the day before the trip

 

Stamp out of Colombia: at the immigration in the main street in Capurgana

 

During high season (December until April) accommodation availability is scarce and we help our guests in reserving dorm accommodation in Sapzurro (Colombia) – each guest needs to cover their own hostel cost .   Accommodation on the night before the trip (group rate in specific hostels assigned by the guide): starting at 25.000-30.000 pesos.

 

Boat to Sapzurro: (20 mins – 10/15,000 COP $4-5)

Accommodation in Sapzurro: 25,000-30,000 COP (dorm)

For private contact: https://hoteltriny.com/

Note: Costs may change due to providers’ policy and money exchange rates.

Want to Join the group transport From Cartagena 2 days before the trip ?

SEND US AN EMAIL AT LEAST  3 DAYS BEFORE THE TRIP, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE ORGANIZED TRANSPORT FROM CARTAGENA

 

We help organize a travel group leaving from Cartagena 2 days before the trip

Approximate cost: 235,000 pesos.

This includes all transportation and accommodation before the trip from Capurgana to Sapzurro.  (Does not include food or drinks)

Payments are made to individual providers along the way. (not one payment at the beginning)

 

For a breakdown of costs read: How do I get to Capurgana/Sapzurro ?

all transport services to Capurganá need to be paid in Colombian Pesos.

BE READY at 7AM , 2 DAYS BEFORE THE TRIP IN FRONT OF THE HOSTEL MAMALLENA IN CARTAGENA  Calle Media Luna, Getsemani.

One of our representatives will be there to help you get started!

 

NOTE : Although we help organise this transport it is run by third party providers, it’s not included in our price and we are in NO WAY responsible for this part of the journey.  Our trip starts when you get on the boat in Sapzurro and ends in Carti.  

Note: Costs may change due to provider’s policy and money exchange rates.

Medellin to Capurgana/Sapzurro

There are two ways to get to Capurgana from Medellin

 

No 1: Take the bus 2 days before the trip. Stay the night in Necocli then take the ferry from Necocli to Capurgana in the morning. Accommodation in Necocli is 30,000 pesos at Hotel Panorama. You can book and pay for your boat to Capurgana at the reception. Total cost from Medellin to Capurgana/Sapzurro about $170,000 pesos (Approximately $60 USD).

 

You can also do an overnight bus from Medellin to Necocli and go directly to the ferry. To do this you should leave Medellin by 7pm.

 

The boat leaves from Necocli to Capurgana every morning at 8:00am. Try to book your ticket as early as possible and get a seat at the back. Protect your things with bin liners and have your sunscreen handy.

 

Stamp out of Colombia in Capurgana ( Important: only stamp out on the day before the trip)

Then take a boat from Capurgana to Sapzurro (15.000 pesos $4-5)

Accommodation on the night before the trip (group rate in specific hostel assigned by the guide): starting at 25.000 pesos

 

Total cost around $200.000 pesos (Approximately $70 USD)

 

No 2: Fly to Acandi or Capurgana with ADA: http://www.ada-aero.com/ cost about $70-150 USD.  Check flights and prices with ADA
From Acandi: you’ll need to take a boat to Capurgana (aprox 20,000 pesos)

Boat to Sapzurro: (20 mins – 15,000 COP $4-5)

Accommodation in Sapzurro: starting at 25,000 COP (dorm)

For private contact: https://hoteltriny.com/

Traveling by night from Cartagena/Medellin

You can make the first part of the journey to Necocli by night from either Cartagena or Medellin and take the boat to Capurgana in the morning when you arrive.

 

Leaving from Cartagena:

 

This journey is in 2 parts.  First you’ll take a bus from Cartagena to Monteria, second a van from Monteria to Necocli.  Remember, the boat from Necocli leaves at 8am.

 

The last bus from Cartagena to Monteria is around 7:00pm.

 

In Monteria you need to take a van, not a bus.  Take the first one available.  At the very latest you need to leave Monteria by 3-4 am.

 

If you take this bus you must get a van (not a bus) from Monteria to Necocli in order to get to the boat on time.

 

Leaving from Medellin:
Take a bus from the North terminal in Medellin.  To arrive on time you should leave Medellin at 7pm at the latest.  Bus ride is around 10-12 hours.

About Necocli

Necocli is the last place you’ll see an ATM and cars until the end of the trip!

This is the town where you will take the ferry to Capurgana.

 

If not traveling with the group we recommend you to stay at Hotel Panorama one block from the dock in Necocli.

 

At the reception desk you will be able to book your seat for the ferry to Capurgana for the next morning. If you are traveling overnight and get to Necocli early in the morning, go directly to the agency in front of the dock to reserve your seat.

 

Note: Ferry leaves at 8am everyday and only once per day so don’t miss it.

 

If you travel overnight then make 100% sure that the transport will bring you there at least 2 hours before the boat leaves.

 

IF YOU MISS THE BOAT AT 8AM THE DAY BEFORE THE TRIP YOU’LL MISS THE TRIP.  IN THAT CASE YOUR DEPOSIT IS NOT REFUNDABLE.

 

Necocli history:

Necoclí is a town in the department of Antioquia, Colombia. It was originally founded as a Spanish city called San Sebastián de Buena Vista. It’s one of Colombia’s oldest towns, founded in 1509.
It’s a small peaceful town on the coast, a nice place to relax, order fresh fish for dinner by the beach and recharge your batteries before the trip to come.

Bogota to Capurgana/Sapzurro

To make this journey you have several options.

 

Fly or bus to Medellin:  Then follow our instructions in the Medellin travel section

 

Fly or bus to Cartagena:  Then follow our instructions in the Cartagena travel section

 

Fly or bus to Monteria:  Then follow our instructions in the second half of the Cartagena travel section

 

Fly or bus to Apartado:  From Apartado you are 40 mins from Turbo and 1..5 hours from Necoclli.  We recommend making your way to Necocli, staying the night then taking the boat from Necocli to Capurgana in the morning.  Remember the boat leaves once per day at 8am.

 

For flights check ADA, Satena, Latam, Viva Colombia, Avianca.

IF YOU MISS THE BOAT AT 8AM THE DAY BEFORE THE TRIP YOU’LL MISS THE TRIP.  IN THAT CASE YOUR DEPOSIT IS NOT REFUNDABLE.

How to get back to Colombia after the trip

Coming back with us

If you’d like to do the trip twice with us to return to Colombia we offer a $50 discount the second time you take the trip.

 

Flying:

 

Panama City to Cartagena Medellin or Bogota:  Compare prices and book your flight in advance with vivacolombia, avianca and copa.
Panama city to Capurgana/Puerto Obaldia:  Book flights with Air Panama to Puerto Obaldia, and take a local boat to Capurgana.

Passport - Immigration - stamps

Stamping out of Colombia: You will do this in the immigration office on the main street of Capurgana after the meeting the day before the trip .  It is totally free and easy.

 

*Canadian nationals have to pay a 160.000 pesos entrance fee to Colombia.  If you didn’t pay this entering the country they may charge you as you leave.

 

Stamping into Panama: We do this on the first day of the trip and all costs are covered by us. This stop will take at least 45 mins, and can take much longer depending on the mood of the officials at time, so you will need a little patience.  

 

You will need 3 copies of your passport to give to immigration.

South American guests should show at the Puerto Obaldía immigraton office to stamp into Panama:
– printed flight ticket to exit Panama
– $500 USD per person in either:  cash, printed credit card/bank statement, money order or traveller checks.

 

Passport

You will need your passport for immigration the day before the trip in Capurgana to stamp out of Colombia, and on the first day of the trip to stamp into Panama.   You’ll also have to show it to Panamanian officials as you leave San Blas in the jeep on the last day.

 

NEW REGULATION Yellow Fever Vaccine
Yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for Colombian entrance (please, make sure to bring your yellow fever vaccine card).
More information here: Colombian Ministry of Health info

What kind of boat will I be traveling on ?

SAN BLAS ADVENTURES IS A FAST BOAT ALTERNATIVE TO SAILING – NO OCEAN CROSSING

We travel an average of 1-3 hours per day on local speedboats. The total travel time during the trip is around 8-10 hours depending on sea conditions.   This is a great alternative to sailing as it means you spend most of your day on the islands, relaxing in the sun, exploring villages, snorkeling, and just enjoying island life in general.

Unique route

We travel between Sapzurro in Colombia and Carti in Panama.  This is literally from one extreme of San Blas to the other.

 

We are THE ONLY tour that takes you through the full archipelago of San Blas.  Passing through all 365 islands.

 

No ocean crossing:  Traveling this way you’re always in sight of the coastline, weaving through paradise islands and indigenous villages.

Colombian highlights: Visit Sapzurro, Capurgana & La Miel on your way. Some of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean
http://sanblasadventures.com/map/

What’s included ?
  • 4 days – 3 Nights
  • Boat travel from Carti to Sapzurro or Sapzurro to Carti (depending on trip direction)
  • Meals, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day
  • Accommodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Kuna Yala entrance fee
  • Islands Fees
  • Panama Immigration fees
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Beach equipment
  • An unforgettable experience!
Do I have to pay island or immigration fees ?

NO. We take care of your stamp in or out of Panama, your entrance fees for Kuna Yala & island fees for each island. On the Colombian side stamping in is free* and is done in Capurgana.
*Canadian nationals have a 160.000 pesos entrance fee to Colombia.  You will need 1 extra copy of your passport.

Money preparation

Make sure you change pesos for dollars in a major city before the trip.  Remaining balance should be paid in cash dollars.

 

Important: There are no cash machines after Necocli until Panama City.  None in Capurgana, Sapzurro, San Blas, or Carti.  Plan ahead and take enough money out before the trip.

 

Costs:

Before the trip accommodation and transport (to get to Capurgana/Sapzurro)

– Approx. 255,000 COP

Trip Balance

– Trip price (minus your reservation deposit).

After Trip

– $30 Shared 4×4 car from Carti to Panama city downtown.

 

Suggested extra money
– San Blas islands: approx. $50 USD (drinks, beers, Guna art, etc)

Meals and other expenses in Colombia: approx. 150.000 COP

 

TOTAL suggested to withdraw and exchange in a major city before the trip

Approx. $405 USD + 400,000 pesos

 

If you plan to stay in Capurgana a few days before the trip you should bring extra cash for this time.  It’s always better to bring more rather than less as there are no cash machines.
Drinks and coconuts in San Blas are $1-$2 USD and Guna art & jewellery are sold between $5-$30 USD

Where can I get dollars in Colombia

San Blas currency: is dollars, the same as Panama

 

In the first hour of the trip you’ll cross from Colombia to Panama.  From this moment you can only spend dollars.  Colombian Pesos are not accepted on the islands.

 

You’ll get the best exchange rate in Cartagena, Medellin or Bogota.  Look for a “casa de cambio”  

 

Cartagena: Next to the Clock tour or at any Western Union. Most exchange houses and Western Union will have dollars to exchange.  

 

Medellin: You can find a “casa de cambio” Poblado at: Cra. 40 #1019.  Or in the malls Oviedo or Santa Fe.
You can also exchange in Necocli or Capurgana,  as a last resort. The rate you will get in these places is generally much less than in a “casa de cambio” in the City.

Why is the remaining trip balance paid in cash

This adventure is run through a very remote part of the world.  Part of what sets us aside from other routes & tours through San Blas is how closely we work with the communities and how much of our tour is provided by the locals, including our crew, boats, accommodation, food, and the beautiful places we spend time at each day.  It is necessary for us to receive balances after the deposit in cash in order to pay for each service provided by the Kuna.

Travel with us & support the local community

We work very closely with the Kuna on all aspects of the trip and most of the money from your fare stays in San Blas, distributed among the local people we work with and the different communities we visit along the way.

 

San Blas Adventures donates to various projects in the Kuna Yala and in Capurgana. From the beginning of our Adventure you’ll see that there are many ways in which local people along our route can benefit and share the opportunities that tourism brings.

 

http://volunteersanblas.com/

 

RECYCLING & IN KUNA YALA: Waste distribution and recycling are major issues in Kuna Yala that the Kunas have never dealt with.

 

They have not had access to the information and education on how to deal with such issues, which means unfortunately some parts of some islands are littered with plastic, so we have decided to start doing something about it!

 

Classes and education will be offered on the benefits of recycling for the land, sea, and animals. A rescue project is taking place for the Leatherback turtles who land in Armila to lay their eggs every year.

 

This is a huge project and it’s one foot in front of the other, but we are dedicated to growing our efforts with the goal of a garbage free San Blas, and education in the villages so it stays that way for generations to come.

 

We have close ties with the communities of San Blas and want to give back for all the knowledge, beauty, friendships, and love they have shared with us!

 

IN CAPURGANA :  We are involved in various projects including education and sports for children, caring for the elderly, and general positive development in the village.
We want to say thanks to you all for choosing to travel with us and making these things possible!

Team spirit

Nothing is expected of you except to enjoy yourself, have a good time, and wash your plate. However, if you’re the kind of person who likes to get involved you’re more than welcome to help us out during the trip, chopping veggies for example, or with whatever else is going on.

 

You’ll be sharing this journey with other travelers, as well as the guides and Kunas from our team and the islands along the way. It’s important to make an effort to be friendly and respectful, be kind, help each other, and always try and keep a positive team spirit. Also, keep in mind that anything can happen so it’s important to be patient sometimes and keep a positive attitude.  No matter what’s happening it’s all a great adventure!  

 

Keep this mind set and it will make the experience more enjoyable for yourself and everyone else on the trip!

Seasickness and Travel Times

SAN BLAS ADVENTURES IS A FAST BOAT ALTERNATIVE TO SAILING

 

Seasickness not likely:  Because our boats go faster and don’t sway so much from side to side it’s very unlikely you’ll get seasick.  Of course on rare occasions, and to people who are very sensitive it can happen, but it’s extremely rare.  And if it does happen the good news is the boat ride is short so you’ll be off on the next island soon enough.  

 

Note: we are only on the boat 1-3 hours per day and always within the sight of shore.

Sea is rougher between Dec and Apr:  Check FAQ/Weather

 

If you know you are prone to seasickness we recommend you bring some seasickness pills.

Rules & respect for the Kuna

Our relationship and your experience

After many years of operating in San Blas we have developed very close relationships with the local indigenous community, the Kuna. Being able to share this experience with you, and share you with them, is an integral part of our trip and what really sets us apart.

 

Throughout the trip you will be meeting locals who work with us, communities that we work closely with, and villages where we buy supplies like fish/seafood, rums, & ice, etc. We highly respect the communities in our route and we plan our trips so we don’t exhaust the villages with our visit.

 

Most of our crew are from these villages and we are welcome there.

 

As an individual you are welcome to go around villages to talk with and meet the locals.

Photos:

Photos are a big deal in Kuna Yala, some will ask you 1$ for taking a photo of them, some will completely refuse. In all cases you will need to start a conversation with them first and then ask for a photo.

 

Kunas children will go after your camera and make your photography a dream! However, you will still need to ask their permission and if their mother or father is around, you will need to ask permission from them.

 

Coconuts:

The San Blas islands are coconut plantations planted by the Kuna. Every coconut, no matter where you find it, has an owner whom you need to find and pay before going crazy banging it on rocks and whatever you can find to try and get it open. Kunas have machetes and they will open it for you.

 

Village Rules:

  • Always wear a shirt in villages,
  • Ask before taking pictures. Sometimes the Kuna may charge you 1$ for picture.

 

Please don’t offer alcohol to the Kunas, particularly rum, the reaction is not fun for anyone!

 

You can bring things for the Kunas kids. Some suggestions are: books, pens, volleyball, basketball, football, any game…. It’s better to give these kinds of things than sweets.

Drinks and drinking

Drinks are not included

 

 

Water: We recommend around 1 gallon per person before the trip as you can also buy water on some of the islands

 

Cold beers, sodas and coconuts: can be purchased from most of the islands during the trip with a cost of $1-2 depending on the island.

 

Rum: A popular drink among guests, should be bought before the trip as it is usually not available on the islands.

 

Avoid drinking too much alcohol! Of course you will want to enjoy a few beers and sample some of the local rum around the fire at night, however don’t make yourself a liability. Nobody wants to have to look after the drunk guy. Tropical hangovers are a nightmare and you don’t want to miss out on the day activities if you are trying to recover from the night before!  Also, if you hurt yourself you’re a long way from the nearest hospital and there are no ambulances.  (there are some clinics in some villages)

 

Drinking in the indigenous villages is not permitted by the Kuna laws, for that we have our private social areas to socialize and have a drink all together!

 

Be understanding  and respectful of others:

 

In a San blas adventures group most of the people are well traveled, well mannered and well informed.  It is a holiday break so they are allowed to party and socialize.. if you want to join – you can, if not then there is plenty of space to chill, explore or enjoy the islands your way.

 

As a free flowing trip, we want people to enjoy themselves but we are not shy to let you know if you get a little too excited with the drinks. There’s generally a good sociable atmosphere when travelers get together on a boat roaming paradise islands and we encourage people to enjoy the trip their way as long as they respect other people who want to do other things too. It’s also important to respect the kuna people leaving on the islands and the ones working with us or part of the crew. We want our groups to be socially aware, respect each other, the crew and the locals.

 

Kuna and alcohol:

Unfortunately we have to keep mentioning this and double reinforcing its importance. DO NOT GIVE KUNA ALCOHOL Kuna are an indigenous people and like many asians they don’t have the enzymes to digest and filter alcohol properly.   What seems funny can quickly turn into a really annoying or potentially dangerous situation.  It’s not safe to be completely intoxicated on a small island. Please be respectful of this!

Food

All meals are included

from lunch the first day to lunch the last day of the journey. 10 meals in total.

 

Snacks are not included.

 

Dietary requirements: Please inform us of any dietary requirements.  If you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies etc.

 

Our menu is based on traditional caribbean cooking with a gringo touch, using fresh seafood, lobsters when available, chicken, vegetables, fruits, rice… The seafood in San Blas is first class and we serve lots of it!

 

We buy our fish directly from the fisherman on some islands or the locals prepare delicious meals for us. We stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables,vegetarians and vegans will enjoy healthy dishes.  The crew usually serves fruits between the meals or after the meals.

 

We are proud of our food, our teams and the Kunas cook with passion. Sometimes we do not cook per plate but in one big batch caribbean style so it will be hard to separate ingredients just to cater for those who do not like garlic or onions etc. Remember that you are on remote islands!  You may have to make a small exception sometimes.
We always work to improve and do our best to satisfy our guests!

Sleeping Arrangements


Each night you will have the luxury of sleeping on a new island!

 

Since each day will be on a new island, you’ll get to experience sleeping in a mixture of cabana beach islands and Kuna village islands.  Some are on their own private island, within a traditional village or on a secluded beach.

 

Hammocks/beds

Accommodations are provided by the Kuna people and generally consist of dorm style rooms with hammocks.  Some islands have some beds available.

 

Couples

Where possible we give couples a room of their own, and the opportunity to sleep together, however sometimes due to availability you couple will have to be in a shared room.

 

Bugs

The islands we stay on are mostly bug free but it’s a good idea to bring some repellent anyway. In the rainy season there may be sandflies on some islands. Some kind of oil, like baby oil or coconut oil are the best defence against sandflies and no-seems (chitras).

 

There will be no sleeping on board as we are a speedboat.

 

We recommend that you bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
Keep in mind: This is an adventure!! Amenities are rustic with a charm

Toilet and Shower





Toilet:  There is no toilet on the boat

 

Depending on the islands, we have a mix of plumbing toilets and indigenous Kuna toilet, they are rustic toilets build above the sea, you will have the experience of a lifetime using this ancestral way to do your necessities! We advise you not to throw toilet paper in the sea but to put it in the trash.

 

Showers:

There are fresh water showers on the islands.  Water either comes from a well or water drums filled from a river on the mainland.

 

No toilet or shower!

Some islands we stop at during the day have no toilet, shower or running water..  Just coconut trees.  You might have to improvise…  

What is not included?
  • PERFECT WEATHER & SEA CONDITION – NO GUARANTEES
  • ACCOMMODATION BEFORE & AFTER THE TRIP
  • ALL TRANSPORTS BEFORE AND AFTER THE TRIP
  • ALCOHOL, DRINKS, WATER
  • SNACKS BETWEEN THE MEALS
  • FINS (snorkel and mask are included)
  • TOWELS
Electricity and Charging Batteries

There are often no plugs or electricity on the Islands. Sometimes you will be able to charge batteries on some of the nights if you are lucky and find a solar panel with a plug!

 

We recommend that you fully charge your batteries the night before the trip.
Remember to pack a Flashlight or Head-torch.

Who is our trip for?

MEET PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

We encourage a wide mix of ages within the group, from old time adventurers to short break professionals to first time travelers.
Every combination of people makes a unique, one off, atmosphere onboard. There is no upper age limit. All you need is a normal physical condition to get on and off the boat, and an adventurous team spirit!

How big is the group?

Depending on the season, our trips leave from 8 up to 27  crew not included.

Bicycles and motorbikes

Bicycles

Before booking check with us that we have space to take a bike on the trip date you want to travel.

 

Cost: $100

 

Motorbike

Sorry, we cannot take motorbikes.

Pregnant women

We do Not bring pregnant women on our trip to avoid possible complications with the pregnancy due to the bumpy ride on the boat.

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Drugs

NO DRUGS ON BOARD!

Be 100% sure you have NO DRUGS with you on the trip. At some point the authorities may check all your luggage, in which case they will find whatever you have and you will go to jail for a very long time, like 10 years! Not fun. Rum on the other hand is legal and lots of fun!!
** The army will check all your luggage at the Panamanian immigration – Be 100% sure you don’t have any drugs, they will find it and you will go to jail for 10+ years**

Payments and Cash

Online booking:

We require $120 U.S.D deposit to confirm your reservation. This is payable through our online booking system at

www.sanblasadventures.com/calendar/  

 

PayPal deposits:

On rare occasions if a guest for some reason cannot make the booking online we can take deposit with PayPal. *there is an additional 7% charge for PayPal payments.

 

Paypal full payment:

We are able to take a very limited amount of full booking payments with PayPal per trip.  Usually 1-3 per trip.  This will be available on a first come first serve basis. *there is an additional 7% charge for PayPal payments.

 

You do not need to be registered with PayPal to pay your deposit. Instructions on how to pay can be answered by email.

 

Your remaining balance is due before the trip in cash in dollars. WHY?

 

Our trip is through a very remote part of the world.  Part of what sets us aside from other routes & tours through San Blas is how closely we work with the communities and how much of our adventure is provided by the locals including our crew, boats, accommodation, food, and the beautiful places we spend time at each day.  It is necessary for us to receive balances after deposit in cash in order to pay for each service provided by the Kuna.

 

Prepare for no cash machines :

Remember, there are NO CASH MACHINES, NO BANKS & NO ATM´s between Necocli and Panama city, in San Blas, Capurgana & Sapzurro

We suggest taking money out a few days before the trip to avoid last minute problems.

You’ll be changing countries during our trip and Panama is in dollars.

 

In Colombia: Make sure to exchange enough dollars in a Major city before the trip

 

Our trip is all inclusive, except for drinks. How much money you need will depend on how much you drink and if you buy extras like Kuna art!

Delays & Flights

Delays: It’s possible at any time of the year that a trip can be delayed

 

Dec – Apr:  Is the most common time for this to happen.  Check FAQ/summertime

 

Low season Sep – Nov:

On rare occasions in the low season we may delay a trip one or two days if there are not enough people booked.  

 

Random events:

Sometimes in Panama, Colombia or in San Blas there are events (like a strike) that can stop everything.  In this case there’s nothing we can do but wait.

 

Refunds due to delays:

If a trip is delayed for any reason and you are no longer able to make the trip we can refund your deposit.

 

Flights:

We suggest you leave a few days leeway in your travel plans and particularly if booking flights after the trip.  This way you’ll be relaxed if something happens out of the ordinary.  

 

If you do have a flight booked directly after the trip understand that there is always some risk you might not make it.  Of course if you let us know we will do everything we can to help you get you to your flight on time.  

Rescheduling Policy

Rebooking/changing date:

Bookings are transferable to another date or direction free of charge (1 time) if we are notified at least 10 days before departure *subject to availability.

 

1st rebooking more than 10 days before the trip = Free

2nd rebooking, and any rebooking after = $20 per person in the booking.

 

3-10 days before the trip = fee of $20 per person in the booking

1-2 days before the trip = Fee of $40 per person in the booking.

 

*This doesn’t apply for health, or other emergencies with proof. In that case send us an email with the document showing why you had to rebook.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

IF YOU WISH TO CANCEL YOUR SPOT ON A TRIP SCHEDULED:

If you cancel you may be eligible for a refund depending on how many days before the trip you cancel:

 

More than 30 days :                                  FULL REFUND

8 – 30 Days (DAYS INCLUDED) :           50% REFUND

*7 Days or less :                                            NO REFUND

 

*We will not refund any deposit amount if you have cancelled less than 7 days before your scheduled departure.

 

Refunds will be mostly done with PayPal or through our booking online system.

 

IF WE CANCEL OR DELAY A TRIP :

We only cancel a trip if there is a severe weather warning or if the Marin office does not give us clearance to travel.

 

On rare occasions we may delay the trip a day or so if we don’t have enough people to run the trip or if for some unforeseen reason we cannot leave on the day scheduled.

 

If our trip cannot proceed on the scheduled departure date, we will reschedule in the next day/s. In that case we will let you know sending an email explaining the delay. We issue full refunds if a trip date is moved or cancelled due to weather or any other reason.

 

We will issue a full refund if we cancel the full trip.

If we cancel the full trip, you can also join the next departure if there is an available seat and if that works for you.

Note : By Booking the trip you accepted our FAQ,  the terms & conditions and liability & release

Health & Safety

All travelers must have their own health Insurance.

Having a personal insurance is not a mandatory requirement,but, we strongly recommend you to subscribe to an insurance policy to protect you.

 

We are an adventure company traveling in a very remote area.

We do as much as we can to avoid accidents. Our crew are trained to respond in emergency situations and look out for dangers but no matter how much we take care accidents can happen in this environment.  It is still up to our travelers incentives to look after themselves and avoid mishaps.

 

Life jackets:

Will be provided and it’s important that you wear them at all time while on the boat.

Safety in the water:

Stay in a depth and distance from the island you are totally comfortable with.  Only go snorkeling with at least one other person.  No swimming at night.  At night you can get in the water close to the island but not swim around off the shore.

 

What happens in an emergency?

Some of the village islands throughout San Blas have clinics with doctors trained in western medicine.  Most issues can be dealt with at these clinics.  In worse cases we would have to make every effort to get an injured person to Panama City.

 

Allergies:

If you know you allergic to something and could need an epi pen, please make sure you have it with you!!! This could save your life.

Do I need Travel & Health insurance?

This is not mandatory but we strongly recommend all travelers to have their own Travel & health Insurance.

 

Remember that you will be traveling in remote islands. We recommend travel-insurance policy that covers loss/damage/theft of personal belongings and medical insurance that covers travel and water sports.  We cannot be responsible for such incidents on the trip.

Note : By booking you accept our terms and conditions and liability release

Property loss/damage policy

You are responsible for and must take care of your own property.

 

In the transport before and after the trip:

Take care of your personal stuff during the transport before and after the trip, make sure you don’t forget anything inside the vans, buses or jeep you travel with. If you forget something it will be lost and almost impossible to get it back.

 

On the islands:

Every time before leaving an island, getting on, or off the boat, make sure you have all your stuff packed and don’t forget anything on the islands, phone, towel, sunglasses,… You will almost definitely never go back! and you’ll probably never get back what have left behind.

 

Your responsibility:

We can not be responsible for your personal items left behind, missing, lost or damaged. The best is to take care of your stuff.
NOTE : Remember that you will be traveling in remote islands. We strongly recommend you to get a travel-insurance policy which covers your personal items lost, damaged or stolen.

Transport Before & after the trip Policy

Third party transport:

Although we help you organize transportation from Cartagena to Necocli, or from Panama city to Carti, Carti to Panama City, all vans hostels, and boats are not a part of San Blas Adventures or our services.  We do our best to choose the most professional, organized and punctual providers. If some part of the trip does not go as planned, please be patient. you can call your guide with any problems during the travel.

 

Our trip

Remember our trip is a speed boat island hopping trip starting in Sapzurro and ending in Carti or vice versa.  All transport outside of this trip is 3rd party and not part of our tour.

 

Why 3rd party transport is not included:

There are many reasons why we do not include transport before and after the trip.  

1: To give guests flexibility in their travel plans before and after the trip.

2:Running our tour in this remote part of the world is a logistical monster.  It’s more than enough for us to run and be responsible for.

3: We cannot control the transport provided.  We really have minimal control over the quality of the service and the actions of the providers.  They are the way they are.

4: Our boat transport is run by Kuna and they have limits to where they can take their boats.  That’s why the tour starts in Sapzurro and not in Capurgana.

 

Just like before a flight your taxi is not included to the airport.  

 

We help by giving information and helping to organize transport before and after the trip however these extra services are not part of our tour and ultimately they are your responsibility.  

 

Not always perfect:

We do our best to work with the most professional providers available to us, however the fact is that in this part of the world even that best could be well below what you might find in a 1st world country.  

 

On rare occasions these third party services may:

be late – unorganized – drive too fast – drive too slow – have a car that’s not in the condition you’re used to –  be unfriendly – make you wait somewhere or pick people up you think shouldn’t be in the car… Maybe even a chicken if you’re lucky!  

That’s life in this part of the world.

 

Complaints about 3rd party transport:

Please do not complain about the third party transport or let it bring you or others down if your experience is not perfect.  You have to understand that there is NOTHING WE CAN DO.  That’s why we let you know here about all the things that can happen.  In saying that it doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely have a bad experience.  95% of the time it’s fine.   Obviously if something extreme happens then we want to know.  However, ultimately complaints should be taken up directly with the provider in question.

 

Only bring good energy on our trip please!

 

Extra service from us & not mandatory:

The transport we help organise before and after the trip is totally not our transport and organising it is an extra we do to help make things easy for you.  You’re completely welcome to organise your own transport and make your own way to the start point of our trip.

 

Personal belongings:

We can not be held responsible for any property loss or damage during these travel with 3rd party providers. However, in the case something does happen, we will communicate with the transport provider and do our best to assist you.  

 

Price changes:

We do our best to keep our information up to date but 3rd party providers can change their prices from day to day.  All prices are subject to last minute changes and our information may not be 100% up to date.  If you see our information is not up to date please let us know.  

Safety and security in Colombia?

CNN article:  – There was a time when few travelers visited Colombia, when the country was synonymous with drug lords, when the only English you heard on the streets was spoken by American Marines.

 

That Colombia — a country of conflict and cartels — has largely disappeared, replaced by a rejuvenated capital of Bogota and a resilient culture that refuses to be bogged down by the dark days.

 

Premonitions and stereotypes should be swept aside before visiting this South American country of spectacular scenery. Today’s Colombia is much more than the ugly Escobar legacy or its famed Andean coffee — though a cup of café will most certainly reach your hands during a trip!

 

  • Medellin is the world’s most innovative city, officially
  • Drug culture stereotypes are false and offensive
  • Bogota must be seen from Monserrate
  • Security has dramatically improved
  • Cali is Salsa City
  • Capurgana, Sapzurro best kept secrets villages!!

 

Link to the blog :

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/24/travel/colombia-10-things/

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San blas adventures is a fast boat alternative to sailing from Panama to Colombia or Sailing from Colombia to Panama.