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Shipping your Car from Panama to Colombia

Shipping your Car from Panama to Colombia

If you need a play-by-play of a pretty complicated process, here's our experience. As is the case with any border crossing or multi-day paperwork fiasco, stay positive and be patient. Read more to learn the costs and time commitments associated with shipping a car or rig across the Darian Gap. 

The Top 8 Reasons You Should Sail the San Blas Islands

The Top 8 Reasons You Should Sail the San Blas Islands

We had a tough time deciding if sailing to the San Blas Islands would be the right choice for us, but ultimately it felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity. Docking in Colombia on that final morning, these are the things we will remember most about our crazy adventure at sea...

Border Crossing #7: Costa Rica to Panama via Paso Canoas

Border Crossing #7: Costa Rica to Panama via Paso Canoas

Hand your temporary vehicle permit to the guy standing around waiting with a clipboard. If he’s holding a burrito, comment on how yummy it looks and he’ll smirk and sign your permit without even checking your car ;) I think this is the ONLY time “lunch time” at the border has worked in our favor.

Border #6: Nicaragua to Costa Rica via Peñas Blancas

Border #6: Nicaragua to Costa Rica via Peñas Blancas

With almost 3 weeks since our last border crossing, we forgot how tiring and time consuming these days can be, especially in the Central American heat. We didn't arrive until 10:30am which means we hit lunch time right as we were finishing our final steps. This made for a 3 hour crossing that should have taken less than 2. Start early, and hope for rain to cool things down ;) 

Three Countries, Two Border Crossings, 11 Hours and Two Bribes in One Day

Three Countries, Two Border Crossings, 11 Hours and Two Bribes in One Day

OH THE DREAD. Which we know is a terrible way to start a day like this… But two border crossings in one day? That's rough. And while it was better than we expected, it was definitely the longest and craziest day we've had so far.