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Panama to Medellin via Speedboat

posted Jan 27, 2014, 6:59 AM by Paul Gareau
This was posted by Byron on 9-May-2010

1.  Ride to Carti from Panama city.  About a day and a half ride, with
by far the steepest grades I've seen all trip.  I was barely able to
push my bike up some of the hills.  Catch a boat at the end of the
airstrip to get to the island ($5)
2.  Speedboat from Carti to Puerto Obaldia.  The guy who ran my
hospedaje knew the captains and arranged me a spot for the next
morning.  The trip is about 8-9 hours, but as I was the only one
carrying on the Puerto Olbaldia, we spent the night on the captain's
island, about an hour away.  The speedboat was kind of like a water
taxi for the San Blas islands, and we stopped at about ten on the way.
($100)
3.  Get your exit stamp in Puerto Obaldia
4.  Boat from Puerto Obaldia to Carpurgana across the border ($15)
5.  Get you entry stamp in Carpurgana.  Stay the night.  Many hotel/
food options.
6.  Speedboat from Carpurgana to Turbo.  This boat leaves every
morning at 7:15 and takes a couple of hours. ($50)
7.  Ride from Turbo to Medellin.  Really scenic road with a couple of
serious passes but no crazy grades.  The locales varied on whether it
was safe or not, but I didn't have any issues.  There is also a small
landslide danger as the road is often cut into a cliff.
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