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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. 

Booking Your Sailboat to the San Blas Islands

Booking Your Sailboat to the San Blas Islands

There are so many companies you can use to book the sailboat. Don't stress, just pick one. They all deal with the same boats and the same captains and they all seem to cost between $500-550 for the whole trip.

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 ;)