From Panama to Colombia: Darien Gap

The passage between Central America and South America is a problem that many travellers are forced to face. The Pan-American Carretera is interrupted in the region of jungle and swamps called Darien Gap, making impossible land connections between Panama and Colombia. From the experience of other travelers we have collected some information, that we publish hoping it will be useful to someone in the future. The options in order to exceed the Darien Gap, avoiding the dangerous passage by land (in the Colombian region of the Choco are present groups of guerrillas and paramilitary), are substantially three:

  • sailing ship or boat from Cartagena (Colombia) directly to Panamanian territory, passing for the Islas de San Blas (cost: approximately 250$)
  • flight between Panama City and Bogotá, Medellin or Cartagena (cost: variable according to the season, 150-300$)
  • bus from Medellin or Cartagena to Turbo (23$), traveling by night in order to reach Turbo in the morning and to go up on lancha or boat until Capurganà (20$, 2hours) where there are economic lodgings and the Caribbean is wonderful. From Capurgana’ you can take another lancha for Puerto Obaldia (10$, 40 min), that is already in Panamanian territory and there is an immigration office. From Puerto Obaldia there are two flights every week towards Panama City (57$).

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4 thoughts on “From Panama to Colombia: Darien Gap”

  1. iam planing to travel to South America by motorcicle please if you did it i need to know about the Darien Gap i will like to cross it with my moto or if you have any experience how to make it cheap

    estoy planeando un viaje a Sur America con mi moto y nesecito saber tu experiencia en el Darein si se puede cruzar en moto los reisgos y mas

    y si sabes de alguna manera mas barata que no sea tomar barcos o veleros

    por favor cualquier experiencia la agradesere

    elcomite88@hotmail.com

    Herman

  2. iam planing to travel to South America by motorcicle please if you did it i need to know about the Darien Gap i will like to cross it with my moto or if you have any experience how to make it cheap

    estoy planeando un viaje a Sur America con mi moto y nesecito saber tu experiencia en el Darein si se puede cruzar en moto los reisgos y mas

    y si sabes de alguna manera mas barata que no sea tomar barcos o veleros

    por favor cualquier experiencia la agradesere

    Herman

  3. “Yesterday, Henno and friends left north, along the coast to Zapzurro and the border of Panama. There was a trail for the first few kilometers, but after that the terrain changed and the first climb was eminent.”… we’ve found some adventurers from Netherlands, who made the trip from Colombia to Panama by motorcycle (enduro): if interested, just follow this link http://www.hennovanbergeijk.nl

    Thanks Natalia for leaving us such interesting tips to travel from La Miel (Panama) to Sazpurro (Colombia)

  4. From San Blas or Puerto Baldía, you could go to La Miel, in the Panama border, next to it (and you could walk, very nice walk) to Sapzurro in Colombia…the accomodation is available and the people very friendly. From there, to Capurganá or San Francisco, beautiful places to go too… safety places now…and where there is a plan to promote communitarian ecotourism projects…. come to Colombia! beatiful place! For the transport availability, then is better to travel with time, enjoying the nice and quite places there…anyway there are boats to go to Turbo. Is necessary to have money with you, there are no banks or anything to get cash there…

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