Mintaka Sailboat - Cacique Cruiser


Mintaka Sailboat

Trips between Portobelo, Panama and Cartagena, Colombia

Cacique Cruiser BOAT TO COLOMBIA - Mintaka sailboat

BOAT TO COLOMBIA - Mintaka sailboat

The Mintaka offers quality. Well maintained, very safe, comfortable, clean and professional operated by a German couple: Manfred & Petra. They are probably one of the most experienced crew in the backpacker fleet. Their names stand for continuity and reliability. ABOUT THE BOAT 46ft. aluminum sloop that was custom built for Manfred and Petra Fits up to 8 guests and is never overcrowded Very well maintained, very safe, comfortable and clean Fans under deck CAPTAIN & CREW Professional and friendly German couple: Manfred & Petra. Manfred, the captain and chef engineer, and Petra, the first mate and chef, are married for almost 40 years They have well over 35 years sailing experience, 21 years alone on Mintaka, where they live constantly. Both have the same sailing license and a license for personal safety and the safety of the boat The Caribbean is their cruising ground for over 8 years, 3 years between Colombia and Panama. They sailed almost 100.000 nautical miles in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean sea, Red Sea, the Indic Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean Languages spoken are German, English and Spanish ABOUT THE TRIP 5 days, 4 nights Enjoy paradise, unlimited fresh drinking water and Petras amazing food! 3 days between the islands of San Blas- every night a different anchorage. Manfred and Petra know the area well and will take you to the best islands and snorkeling spots 2 days on the open sea to Cartagena Accommodation onboard 3 meals per day & fresh fruit Water, coffee & tea. Ice tea during the day Use of snorkeling equipment Use of fishing gear Immigration Lobster (if the season allows is) Please don't bring big plastic bottles on the Mintaka THE DEPARTURE POINTS & ARRIVAL LOCATIONS The boat departs from the public dock in Portobelo, Panama. To get there guests must pay for ground transportation.  The least expensive is the public bus from Albrook Bus Terminal in Panama City. The boat arrives at Club Nautica marina in Cartagena.  From there guests can easily take a taxi to main areas Guests must meet the boat crew no later than 8pm the day before the trip at the bar of Restaurant & Hostel “El Castillo” in Portobelo. Guests are able to  stay at the hostel the night before the trip for free. When you travel by public bus, please ask the bus driver to stop at the Restaurant “El Castillo”. The Restaurant “El Castillo” is about 1 1/2 kilometers before Portobelo and about 150 meter after the only police station. Restaurant “El Castillo” is directly located on the only road to Portobelo and directly on the water front.  The arrival in Portobelo, one day before the sailing trip with Mintaka will begin, can become very important. The only road to Portobelo had been blocked several times due to landslides or strikes. COST & PAYMENT BREAKDOWN $550 per guest for the boat trip from its starting point.  $50 of this must be paid as a deposit to reserve the trip $22 Guna territory entrance fee Approximately $10 - bus 1 way between Panama City and Portobelo, Panama The price is exclusive alcohol beverages  (e. g. one can of cold beer is US$ 1.00 on board or in the islands BE PREPARED WITH THE FOLLOWING 2 copies of your passport the cash you need to pay the balance of the ground transport, entrance fees, small boat to the sailboat, and the balance due on the sailboat trip. A high protection sunscreen A tight-fitting T-shirt to snorkel prepare a small bag with all you need during the trip we ll put your big case in an other storage without access A mosquito repellent  for nights without wind and evenings ashore A sweat shirt or a light raincoat for the night A towel The boat supplies a mattress with sheets but no blanket bring your snack, sweets, sodas, beers etc. If you get motion or sea sickness, we highly recommend that you buy motion sickness tablets from the pharmacy   INFORM US AND THE BOAT CREW IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY You have health problems or conditions the crew should be aware of You can’t swim You have allergies to certain foods IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER Mintaka is an independent boat which we represent as a guest service agent, because they are busy sailing and taking care of guests. Since we do not own and operate the boats we do  not control the schedule, and cannot be held responsible for delays cancellations by the boat, or actions of the crews aboard the boats.  However, in the event of a delay or cancellation we will provide guests with other available options, or refund their deposit payment.  And if a guest registers a fair complaint or suggestion with us we will communicate with the boat and advocate for the guest in an effort to reach an amicable resolution.

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Cacique Cruiser BOAT TO PANAMA - Mintaka sailboat

BOAT TO PANAMA - Mintaka sailboat

The Mintaka offers quality: well maintained, very safe, comfortable, clean and professional operated by a German couple: Manfred & Petra. They are probably one of the most experienced crew in the backpacker fleet. Their names stand for continuity and reliability. They both have the same sailing license to ensure the personal safety and the safety of the boat. They have well over 35 years sailing experience, 21 years alone on Mintaka, where they  live constantly. Manfred, the captain and chef engineer, and Petra, the first mate and chef, are married for almost 40 years.   ABOUT THE BOAT 46ft. aluminum sloop that was custom built for Manfred and Petra fits up to 8 guests and is never overcrowded very well maintained, very safe, comfortable and clean fans under deck ABOUT THE CREW Professional and friendly German couple: Manfred & Petra. Manfred, the captain and chef engineer, and Petra, the first mate and chef, are married for almost 40 years. They have well over 35 years sailing experience, 21 years alone on Mintaka, where they live constantly. Both have the same sailing license and a license for personal safety and the safety of the boat.  The Caribbean is their cruising ground for over 8 years, 3 years between Colombia and Panama. They sailed almost 100.000 nautical miles in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean sea, Red Sea, the Indic Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean. Languages spoken are German, English and Spanish.  ABOUT THE TRIP 5 days, 4 nights Enjoy paradise, unlimited fresh drinking water and Petras amazing food! 3 days between the islands of San Blas- every night a different anchorage. Manfred and Petra know the area well and will take you to the best islands and snorkeling spots.  2 days on the open sea to Cartagena. accomodation onboard 3 meals per day & fresh fruit water, coffee & tea. Ice tea during the day use of snorkeling equipment use of fishing gear immigration lobster (if the season allows is) Please dont bring big plastic bottles on the Mintaka. THE DEPARTURE POINTS & ARRIVAL LOCATIONS The boat departs from the public marina in Cartagena. Guests can easily reach this point by taxi. The boat arrives at the public dock in Portobelo, Panama. To get to Panama City guests must pay for ground transportation .  The leat expensive is the public bus to the Albrook Bus Terminal in Panama City. (see COSTS) COST $550 per guest for the boat trip from its starting point in Cartagena, Colombia.  $50 of this must be paid as a deposit to reserve the trip. $22 Guna territory entrance fee. Approximately $10 - bus 1 way to Panama City from the trips arrival location in Portobelo, Panama.  The price is exclusive alcohol beverages  (e. g. one can of cold beer is US$ 1.00 on board or in the islands. HOW TO RESERVE A SPOT Please check availability with us before booking by clicking the INQUIRY button. To make a reservation click BOOK NOW and make a deposit payment of $50 online. The balance must be paid in cash to the captain when you get on the boat. Once a reservation is made we will send a receipt with a ticket and must read info via email. If the available dates or boats do not work for you, consider going round-trip to the San Blas islands from Panama City then flying to Colombia. Often reasonable flight prices can be found on Viva Colombia or Wingo.  And we offer many round-trip options to the islands from Panama City. >>> MORE USEFUL TIPS FOR YOUR TRIP TO COLOMBIA

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