ABOUT THE BOAT
- 40 ton steel comfortable ocean going motor sailer specifically designed for charter/ backpacking operations. Completed and launched 2003. 10mm plate glass windows and all the required safety equipment for this voyage. ( As specified by both the Colombian and Panamanian Govts)
- 20 Passenger berths: Five double beds (2 in private cabins, one with curtain screen and two open in the saloon), 10 single berths.
- All berths have fans.
- Three toilets with electric flush toilets.
- Large foredeck with bean bags and sun cover.
- Below deck dry stowage for all baggage.
- 8 person dinghy for transportation to shore.
- Shore activities include bbq , volleyball and snorkeling. Pirate costumes available.
CAPTAIN & CREW
- Captain: Charlie. South African, 50,000 sea miles, speaks English and Spanish.
- First mate: Ori. Seven yrs working this route
- Cook: Natalie
ABOUT THE TRIP
- Day 1 – A member of crew will meet you in Puerto Lindo on the morning of departure. Most people arrive by specially arranged group transport (25USD per person) which will take you directly to the meeting point. Passengers arriving independently will be given instructions where and when to meet.
- After a trip briefing the captain will collect passports. Everyone will board the boat early afternoon before setting off at around 2pm. The boat should arrive in San Blas during the evening and anchor overnight.
- Day 2 – This will be the first full day in San Blas. Remember, because you departed from Puerto Lindo the day before you will already be in the islands when you wake. Many other trips start their first day in the islands which means passengers don't get on board until around 10am after arriving from Panama City.
- Day 3 – Another full day in San Blas. This time you will head further east towards the outer more secluded islands.
- Day 4 – The final day in San Blas before heading towards Cartagena. Coco Bandero is a favourite place to stop on this final day to relax before setting off in the afternoon, beyond the islands.
- Day 5 – All day and night at sea.
- Day 6 – You should arrive to Cartagena in the morning or early afternoon. After the immigration formalities have been completed by the captain’s agent you will be taken ashore near Club Natico Marina, a short taxi to the main hostel area. Your captain will call our maritime agent on arrival in Cartagena. He deals with all boat arrival paperwork and immigration. You will likely stay on the boat after arrival whilst the captain meets the agent, who will return later with passports stamped. Onward travel tickets will not be required.
ABOUT THE FOOD
- Breakfast is around 7:30 am and includes coffee/tea, fruit, cereal and bread.
- At around 10 or 11 am a second cooked breakfast is served. Examples are Chorizo, omelettes, pancakes etc.
- Lunch is between 1 and 2 pm.
- Dinner is around 7pm.
- All meals are substantial with fresh vegetables. Seafood is regularly caught and purchased from the locals. Lobster will be served if in season.
- The boat has ample refrigeration for drink storage.
- Ice is provided for the coolers on deck for guest use.
- Neither boat provides alcohol , mixers or snacks such as chips.
- Alcohol can be purchased in the islands but it is generally the norm to purchase everything prior to the trip.
- Fruit is also served in the afternoon. Bread , nutella, jam and peanut butter are generally available all day.
COST & PAYMENT BREAKDOWN
- Total Cost = $550, plus $20 Guna territory entrance fee.
- $50 deposit payment made to Cacique Cruiser to reserve your spot.
- $500 per guest for the boat trip paid to the captain.
- Cost does not include transport to or from the boats starting and ending locations.
- Canadian passport holders are charged an additional visa fee by Colombia of 190,000 Colombian pesos. Check todays exchange rate online.
THE DEPARTURE POINTS & ARRIVAL LOCATIONS
- The boat departs from the marina in Puerto Lindo Panama. To get there guests must pay for ground transport via public bus or $25 for a shuttle organized by the boat.
- The boat arrives at the public marina in Cartagena. From there guests can easily take a taxi to main areas.
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
Wildcard 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.