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Old 09-06-2014, 00:50   #1
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Need help in the Caribbean!

Hey guys, we really need some help... We are a young couple from the UK and Turkey who are travelling all of Latin America for 1 year, our dream was to do it only by hitchhiking(autostop) and then write about it but we didn't realize it is not possible to cross from Colombia to Panama by land and are now stuck in Colombia.

Does anyone know anyone who might be passing by Colombia then towards Central America within the next 30 days?? We would of course work VERY HARD in exchange for the ride! We have very little experience in sailing but have studied international cooking, are very hard working, also very clean friendly people

Please help us to complete our dream!
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Old 09-06-2014, 00:59   #2
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I doubt very much you will get a free ride. You have 2 alternatives.

1. Pay to go on a boat from Cartagena to Portobelo like all the other backpackers.

2. Hike the overland trails with the drug traffickers.

Both alternatives should provide fodder for your writing!
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:40   #3
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Check out the boat yards, might be a boat finishing a haul out that is getting ready to come bacteria to Panama.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:51   #4
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Re: Need help in the Caribbean!

cartagena is your best bet to catch a sailboat....turbo might be an option for a quicker panga ride to san blas.

either way generally sailors will give free rides to backpackers (at least there..and from my experience) if you have sailing experience/skills or you look really good in a bikini. (ideally both)




if not, i think the going rate is $500 per head from cartagena.
personally, i'd be happy with someone that can cook (and looks good in a bikini)

good luck.
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cartagena is your best bet to catch a sailboat....turbo might be an option for a quicker panga ride to san blas.

either way generally sailors will give free rides to backpackers (at least there..and from my experience) if you have sailing experience/skills or you look really good in a bikini. (ideally both)

if not, i think the going rate is $500 per head from cartagena.

good luck.
There are pages and pages of info on the internet about this trip, many of them scary. I'm contemplating a similar trip some day. Just search Darien gap. The above advice is good, but it appears a flight might be cheaper from this Overland Traveller - How to travel the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama
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Old 11-06-2014, 13:33   #6
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I once gave a guy a ride from Cartagena to the Bay Islands so it's always possible. Look around the marinas in Cartagena and post something on a bulletin board.
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Re: Need help in the Caribbean!

Where exactly in Colombia are you guys? DO NOT. Repeat. DO NOT hike the Darien Gap under any circumstance. Google "missing hikers darien gap."
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Old 11-06-2014, 20:21   #8
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Bus it to Turbo. Launcha to Sapzurro.

See also: http://sanblasadventures.com/
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Hey guys, we really need some help... ...but we didn't realize it is not possible to cross from Colombia to Panama by land and are now stuck in Colombia.
Now ya tell me????

Good luck, though.
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Re: Need help in the Caribbean!

Thanks for the advice and support guys! We actually found a boat, although it had problems, so went back to the marina and found another one, super luxury and amazingly nice captain. So it is very possible and in fact reasonably easy to hitchhike this journey, actually we will probably continue all the way to Costa Rica with him as he teaches us all about sailing

Thanks again!
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Just met a couple here in Panama, who are traveling by bicycles, trying to hitch a ride to Colombia. So far they don't appear to be having much luck, but maybe that will change.
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Is it just me, or do other people look up stuff on Google earth before they plan their trips?

Oh well, glad it all worked out!
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Is it just me, or do other people look up stuff on Google earth before they plan their trips?

Oh well, glad it all worked out!
Does Google Earth show the drug routes too?
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