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SAILING WITH LA GITANITA

51ft | 15m

MONOHULL

12

GUESTS

5

NIGHTS

$550|$600

PER PERSON

OVERVIEW

La Gitanita has been taking passengers between Panama and Colombia since 2015. Its an attractive option for guests looking for a bit of fun and partying, but with plenty of opportunity to relax. The boat is Gib’sea from the French builder Dufour taking 12 passengers plus crew.

The boat features several private double cabins with en-suite facilities, this makes it especially popular with couples. As with most Dufour built boats, it has a sleek and attractive design inside and out.

BERTHS

$550 – $600 USD per person*

* Standard trip price. Subject to seasonal changes. Does not include Guna Yala tourist fee of $20 USD

 Standard Private double cabin with en-suite facilities
 Small Private double cabin with en-suite facilities
 Triple cabin with a double and single bunks

If you want to be sure of getting a certain berth please let us know in advance so we can be sure there is availability for you before booking.

CAPTAIN

The regular captain of La Gitanita is Cesar from Colombia. After many years working at sea aboard fishing vessels he arrived to San Blas initially as a crew mate, before getting his captains licence and taking charge of La Gitanita

Another captain may be in charge on your trip is Cesar is taking a break. If this is the case it will be another licenced skipper.

Captain Cesar La Gitanita
CESAR COLOMNA

CAPTAIN

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you are still unsure about something fell free to contact us

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

There are no hidden costs, however you should budget for the following:

$20USD per person to pay the ‘Guna Yala’ tourist fee when you arrive in the San Blas islands
Transport to or from Puerto Lindo if you are traveling from, or onward to Panama City
Entry fee to Panama/Colombia if required. For most nationalities this is not applicable
Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

HOW CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance must be paid in cash, USD only. Remember that your bank may restrict daily transaction amounts from your card when you are in another country. Please plan accordingly as you might need to make more than one cash withdrawal over a few days before your trip starts.

From Panama

You should be sure to have this ready in advance of leaving Panama City. There are no cash facilities in or anywhere near Puerto Lindo

The official currency of Panama is the $USD, although it is generally referred to as the ‘Balboa’. You will not need to exchange any currency.

From Colombia

US Dollars are easy to get in Cartagena from local ‘Casa de Cambios’ We recommend visiting Calle San Andreas, Getsemani. This is the hostel district and they have experience changing money for boat passengers all the time.

Remember to take additional USD for your arrival in Panama, $20USD Guna Yala Fee and in case you want to buy souvenirs in the islands.

HOW DO I GET TO OR FROM PUERTO LINDO?

Option 1 – Shuttle Service

$25.00 USD
2 Hours 30 Minutes

We can arrange a shared group shuttle for you from any centrally located hotel/hostel in Panama City to Puerto Lindo on the morning/afternoon of your departure.

If you are arriving from Colombia, the captain will check with all passengers and can make arrangements for a shuttle to collect you on arrival in Puerto Lindo.

This service is provided by non-affiliated local operators. We do not take any commission from them and cannot accept responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. You are free to book your transfer with your hostel or a local agency. Prices are subject to change.

 

Option 2 – Public Transport

$8.00 USD – $10.00 USD + Taxi to/from hostel
3 To 6 Hours

 

Panama To Colombia

Take the express bus from ALBROOK TERMINAL in Panama City to the city of COLON. You will need to buy a pre-loaded transport card at one of the kiosks in the departure hall. They depart every 30 minutes or when full. On arrival in the bus station in Colon you must ask for the next departure Puerto Lindo. There are normally only 4 or 5 each day so its best to travel early. On Sundays you may find even more limited, or with no connections none at all.

It is also possible to connect in the town of ‘Sabanitas’ a small town before Colon, however this is not recommended when travelling with large luggage. The busses here often arrive already full with many locals struggling to board.

NOTE: If your departure is scheduled for the morning you may need to travel by bus the day before and stay locally. There are no early connections to Puerto Lindo and services on Sundays are restricted all day. Accommodation options are also limited and very basic.

 

Colombia To Panama

On arrival you will need to wait for the next bus heading towards COLON for a connection to PANAMA CITY, there are around 4 – 5 each day. You can connect in the town ‘Sabanitas’ to save some time, however you will almost certainly have to stand for the duration of the journey.

CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE MY DIETARY REQUIREMENT?

Vegetarian, Pescatarian or Vegan meals can be prepared only if we are informed with enough notice before the trip.

Gluten free meals are also possible however options are extremely limited, so you should consider taking some snacks for yourself.

Unfortunately it is simply not possible to prepare separate meals for you if you have a dislike for certain foods. You should also think about taking some snacks in case you do not like what is on offer.

If you have a genuine allergy, such as nuts, lactose products, shellfish or anything else then you should take appropriate measures, we can not guarantee that meals will be free from ingredients or products that may cause a reaction.

DOES THE BOAT HAVE SHOWERS?

It won’t be possible to take full showers. Fresh water is extremely important to conserve on multi day offshore sailing trips like this and it is obviously very important that drinking water doesn’t run out.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before boarding the boat you should separate all your belongings into two separate bags. One small/medium ‘day bag’ for anything you might need for the five day tour. You will keep this with you on the boat by your berth. Your main larger luggage will likely be stored away in a separate area and inaccessible.

We strongly advise you to protect this larger luggage with large plastic trash bags, just in case of water damage. Use one to line the outside of the bag and others to protect the items inside.

Day bag packing suggestions

High factor UVA skin protection
Book
Ipod/Phone
Swim wear
Light clothing, T-Shirts, shorts, sandals
Camera
Snacks, juices/soda, alcohol
Towel
Light jacket/sweater
Flashlight
Wet wipes for face and body wash
 Insect repellant
Dramamine seasickness medication

CAN I CHARGE MY PHONE/CAMERA?

Yes, at certain times. The captain will let you know when it is possible. We recommend switching it off to conserve battery when you are not taking photos.

WILL I GET PHONE OR WIFI SIGNAL?

Don’t count on it at all. If you have a phone with roaming enabled, you might get some signal in certain locations in the San Blas islands when in range of a local operator tower, its not common though. We suggest you just disconnect and enjoy yourself for a few days.

DOES THE BOAT HAVING SNORKEL AND FISHING EQUIPMENT?

Snorkel gear is available to use

Your captain will likely fish with lines while sailing in certain locations. Using rods from the boat while anchored in the islands will probably not be possible.

The local indigenous population heavily rely on selling fish themselves. To ensure sustainable and responsible tourism the captain will abide by the locals wishes not to fish in certain locations.

WHAT WILL WE DO EACH DAY ?

When you are in the San Blas islands the captain will likely leave you to make your own decisions what to do, nobody is forced to take part or organize activities. You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

The captain and crew can help organize beach parties, bonfires, volleyball and visits to local villages, however they are not tour guides and cannot ‘babysit’ guests. Their main responsibilities are on board the boat and might not always be able to join in.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET FOR IMMIGRATION ON ARRIVAL ?

Entering Colombia

At this moment in time it is not required when you arrive with a sailboat to Cartagena. This might change in the future.

You should however check if the passport you are travelling on has any special conditions upon entering Colombia (ie Canadian reciprocal fee, please check your status)

Entering Panama

You should have a printed reservation document showing onward travel within 3 months of arrival in Panama. If you don’t already have a ticket booked please let us know.

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

It isn’t realistic to complete the trip without motoring, especially inside the islands.

The boat will only sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and if it is safe to do so. 

LA GITANITA DEL MAR – PUERTO LINDO TO CARTAGENA

DEPARTURE PORT

Puerto Lindo, Panama

ARRIVAL PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

INCLUDED

Five nights
Immigration agent and port fees
All meals

Tea, coffee, water
Snorkel equipment

NOT INCLUDED

 Guna Yala fee $20 USD
Transport to Puerto Lindo

Entry visa/fee to Colombia if required
Alcoholic drinks & sodas

ITINERARY

Please be aware that the information provided is only an example itinerary.

Your trip and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions. Adverse weather conditions may also result in delays or changes to the departure and arrival locations.

 

Day 1: Departure

Passengers are normally asked to arrive for an early start in Puerto Lindo to meet the crew. We can normally arrange a shuttle bus transfer from Panama City or you can stay locally the night before. Depending on weather conditions you will start sailing to San Blas in the early or late afternoon.

 

Day 2: San Blas Islands

A full day and night in the San Blas Islands. Isla Chichime and El Porvenir are some of the possible locations you will visit this day.

 

Day 3: San Blas Islands

Another full day and night in San Blas. This time you will likely visit islands further east in the archipelago.

 

Day 4: San Blas Islands

The final day of your island adventure visiting your final location. In the afternoon or early evening you will set sail from the San Blas islands to Cartagena

 

Day 5: Sea Day

Full day and night at sea

 

Day 6: Arrival

You should arrive into Cartagena in the morning anchoring at Club Nautico Marina.

You will likely meet up later in the afternoon or evening to meet the captain with your stamped passports.

LA GITANITA DEL MAR – CARTAGENA TO PUERTO LINDO

DEPARTURE PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

ARRIVAL PORT

Puerto Lindo, Panama

INCLUDED

Five nights
Immigration agent and port fees
All meals

Tea, coffee, water
Snorkel equipment

NOT INCLUDED

 Guna Yala fee $20 USD
Onward transport from Puerto Lindo

Entry visa/fee to Panama if required
Alcoholic drinks & sodas

ITINERARY

Please be aware that the information provided is only an example itinerary.

Your trip and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions. Adverse weather conditions may also result in delays or changes to the departure and arrival locations.

Pre-Departure Meeting

You will be invited to meet with your captain one day before departure in Cartagena at Club Nautico Marina. A briefing will be given to all passengers and your passports will be collected ready for immigration the following day.

Day 1: Departure

On the day of departure you will meet at Club Nautico, Manga at 20:00hrs. This is around five minutes in a taxi from the Getsemani area.

You will board the boat and set sail to the San Blas islands overnight.

Day 2: Sea Day

Full day and night at sea

 

Day 3: San Blas Islands

It is likely that you arrive in the islands early in the morning. This first day is normally spent in one of the outer island groups, often Cayos Coco Bandero. You will stay here for the full day night.

 

Day 4: San Blas Islands

Another full day and night in San Blas. This second day you will likely be visiting some of the islands further west in the San Blas archipelago.

 

Day 5: San Blas Islands

Your final day will see you sail further west. Chichime and El Porvenir are some of the possible locations you will visit.

Depending on the weather you will either stay anchored in the islands or sail overnight along the coast.

 

Day 6: Arrival

Arrival in Puerto Lindo. The exact time you arrive will depend when you leave from San Blas. Normally the captain likes to plan to arrive in the afternoon here in Puerto Lindo.

A shuttle bus transfer can be arranged to take passengers to Panama City the same day.

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