I am several months in San Blas, doing a thesis on Kuna Yala and I have known and continuous knowing Captains, some of whom performed with passengers travel between Panama
and Colombia, most between Cartagena
and Porvenir or Portobelo.
Also I traveled once to Cartagena from San Blas, and again between Portobelo and Capurgana, where I am right now.
There are about 15 boats that make these trips, among which one is around, some captains mad, mad, but others less friendly, and some very good ... always consult with passengers and the captain know personally.
There is a big business in hostels Panama
and Colombia, where the Captains charge $ 20 per person ... The result is that we must pay to the master ... $ 20 more.
Of course, if hostels are concerned about contact with good captains ... well, but not, the only thing that interests them are the $ 20 although the boat did not resist the crossing and the captain is a drunk and drug addict. That is the truth. Of course in hostels say they do not charge for it. Of course.
I know very bad adventures of these passengers.
The best is approach where are the boats and ask people for the masters. I can not recommend going into the Club Nautico Cartagena because there not want to passengers and has a boat owner who only wants for he ... said that besides passengers, that he also load other things .... care.
In Portobelo there are always too many boats, not recommend going to Puerto Lindo, there lie a lot and people waiting and waiting, some returning to Portobelo know when the trap.
I have traveled with two captains, boat Stahlratte and Twyla
The first very good, also by boat to be large, but also with many, many passengers
The second is also very very good, the Captain, the ship and the route I am sure is the best, wonderful.
Only I know a sail boat that makes the route of the merchant and is the sailboat Tuyla , captain Javier i wos com from Portobelo until Capurgana in Colombia...nice, very nice!!!
I leave the addres of this Finally, if I write me I can give you other addresses of good captains ... see you soon.
address of the sailboat tuyla is:
For the other boats or some advise ......write me