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La Gitanita

La Gitanita

SAILBOAT TO PANAMA, COLOMBIA & SAN BLAS

Size

51FT | 15.5 METRES

GUESTS

13

CREW LANGUAGES

ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL

PRICE PER PERSON

$550.00 USD

PANAMA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

PUERTO LINDO

COLOMBIA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

CARTAGENA

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 features more privates double cabins than any other, this makes it especially popular with couples.

Features

  • Competitive all-inclusive price
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Stand up paddle board
  • Lobster meal included

  • Experienced captain
  • Puerto Lindo departure/arrival: Reduced travel costs
  • Charging available for camera and phones
  • Fans installed under deck

Captain

Colombian Yonatan is the current captain in charge of La Gitanita. He is one of the younger generation of captains in the current fleet sailing in San Blas.

He has worked on various boats under other captains since 2012/2013, before getting his licence and working as a captain since 2015.

Design

La Gitanita is a 51ft/15.5mts Gib’sea from French boat manufacturer Dufour. As with most Dufour built boats, it has a sleek and attractive design inside and out.

Accommodation

Along with the standard double cabins, three additional custom added spaces are available in the saloon area.

– Three private doubles

– Two triples

– One space in the saloon

All berths are $550.00 USD per person. 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.

La Gitanita Panama To Colombia

Puerto Lindo To Cartagena

Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary only.

Your trip, and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions.

Day 1

All passengers will be required to meet the crew in Puerto Lindo in advance of departure.

A time and location will be confirmed after your reservation is complete. A briefing will take place and passengers will be required to hand over their passports to the crew.

The boat will likely set off in the afternoon or evening for an overnight sail to San Blas.

Day 2

El Porvenir is a standard island for most boats when starting the trip through the San Blas. You will also likely visit another island this same day.

Day 3

The second day within San Blas and you will visit at least one new anchorage.

Day 4

Final day in San Blas and last island visit before sailing to Colombia in afternoon or evening.

Day 5

All day and final evening on the boat sailing offshore towards Cartagena.

Day 6

Arrival to Cartagena. Once all immigration formalities are completed passengers will be taken ashore near Club Nautico Marina which is a 5 minute taxi journey to Getsemani, a popular hostel and budget hotel area.

What is Included?

  Five nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day. Free lobster meal included

   Tea, coffee, water

  All standard immigration agent and port authority fees

What isn’t Included?

  Transport costs to Puerto Lindo

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20pp, cash USD only

  Entry fee or visa to Colombia if required

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

Frequently Asked Questions

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

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

No. You will need to budget for your own transport to start the trip at Puerto Lindo, and the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee.

We advise you to you to take some extra cash in USD in case you want to buy souvenirs, additional snacks, beers and coconuts

HOW CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance must be paid in cash, USD only.

You should be sure to have this ready in advance of leaving Panama City.

Please remember your bank may restrict the amount you can withdraw when abroad in any 24 hour period. Please prepare accordingly.

HOW DO I GET TO PUERTO LINDO?

Public Transport

ONLY AVAILABLE THE DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE BETWEEN MONDAY AND SATURDAY  WE ADVISE LEAVING EARLY FROM THE CITY.

THERE IS NO CONNECTION EARLY ENOUGH TO USE THIS OPTION ON THE MORNING OF DEPARTURE. YOU WILL NEED TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN PUERTO LINDO IF YOU CHOSE TO TRAVEL THIS WAY.

Busses leave from Albrook Terminal in Panama City to the port City of COLON where you will need to find a connection to Puerto Lindo. You will need to buy a pre-loaded transport card at one of the kiosks in the departure hall.

Take the express bus to the city of Colon They depart every 30 minutes or when full. On arrival in the bus station in Colon you must ask specifically for the next departure to Puerto Lindo, they generally leave every  two hours until 17:30. Do not leave the bus station here.

Passengers can also depart the express bus before arriving to Colon and change in the town of ‘Sabanitas’ however this is not recommended when travelling with large luggage. The busses here often arrive already full with many locals struggling to board.

Cost: Approximately  $10.00  USD

Time: Up to 5 hours depending on connections

Shared Direct Transfer

A shared transfer will be available on the morning of departure leaving from Panama City between 06:00 – 07:00. You will be collected from your hotel/hostel and taken directly to the meeting point in Puerto Lindo

Cost: $27.00 Per Person

Time: Approximately 2 hrs

Prices may vary. This service is provided by a non-affiliated local operator. We do not receive any commission from them and cannot take responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. You are free to book your transfer with your hotel or a local agency.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before boarding you should separate all your belongings into two separate bags. One small/medium for anything you might need for the five day tour. You will keep this with you on the boat by your berth

– 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

You main larger luggage will be stowed and difficult to reach, make sure no essential items are packed. We strongly advise you to protect this larger luggage with large plastic trash bags. Use one to line the outside and more for the belonging inside, just in case.

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.

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.

The captain and crew can help you organize beach parties, bonfires and visits to local villages, however they are not tour guides and cannot babysit guests. Their main responsibilities are on board the boat.

You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET WHEN WE ARRIVE IN COLOMBIA ?

No. At this moment in time it is not required when you arrive with a sailboat.

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)

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

It won’t be possible to sail at all times. Navigating through the islands can be dangerous with many reefs.

Away from the islands the captain will sail whenever practical. Sometimes there may not be enough wind or too strong.

Preparation Checklist

  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final trip balance, Guna Yala fee and anything additional BEFORE you leave Panama City. There is no ATM services in Puerto Lindo
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advace. You may not have time on arrival before boarding the boat.
  • Before leaving the city please also be sure to make a photocopy of your passport photo page and the page containing the entry stamp issued to you on arrival in Panama. This may be needed for immigration
  • Separate your luggage into two bags. One small ‘day pack’ for what you will need for the time on the boat and your main bag/backpack which will be stowed away. It is also advisable to protect luggage with large plastic trash bags.
  • Dramamine is recommended for seasickness. Be sure to buy before leaving Panama City. You may want to consider taking early on your final day in the islands them to start working in advance before you set sail towards Cartagena. You captain will advise.

La Gitanita Colombia To Panama

Cartagena To Puerto Lindo

Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary only.

Your trip, and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions.

Pre-Departure Meeting

A meeting with your captain often takes place the day before departure at a local hostel in the Getsemani area of Cartagena. The captain will give a briefing and confirm final arrangements for departure day.

If you cannot make this meeting please notify us in advance. We will forward the relevant details from the captain.

Day 1

Boarding time will be confirmed at the pre-departure meeting. You will likely be asked to meet near Club Nautico Marina, in Manga. This is around five minutes in a taxi from the Getsemani area.

You will spend the night at sea sailing to Panama.

Day 2

All day and night sailing to the San Blas Islands and Panama. You won’t have much to do except catch up on some reading. Keep you eyes out for Dolphins who might give you an escort along the way.

Day 3

The first San Blas island location awaits. Its very likely this will be one of the outer islands far from the mainland.

Day 4

The second day within San Blas and you will visit at least one new anchorage in a area further west with the island chain.

Day 5

El Porvenir is a standard island for most boats when finishing the trip through the San Blas and before setting sail to the Panama mainland.

Day 6

The boat will anchor in the bay of Puerto Lindo, a typical small Caribbean town on the Panama ‘Costa Arriba’ not far from Portobelo.

After breakfast and saying goodbye to your hosts you will be taken ashore to town. Busses will be available to make your way to Panama City.

What is Included?

  Five nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day. Free lobster meal included

  Drinking water, tea and coffee

  All standard immigration agent and port authority fees

What isn’t Included?

 Transport costs from Puerto Lindo after your trip.

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20pp, cash USD only

  Visa costs to Panama if required

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about something feel free to contact us.

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

No. As per the information provided above you will need to budget for your own transport after the trip has ended to get from Puerto Lindo to Panama City, and the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee.

We advise you to you to take some extra cash in USD in case you want to buy souvenirs, additional snacks, beers and coconuts

We advise you to you to take some extra cash in USD in case you want to buy souvenirs, additional snacks, beers and coconuts

HOW CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance should be paid in cash, to the captain when you board in Cartagena.

You can change change your Colombian pesos to $USD at the best rates locally. This is the most economic way of paying, you will avoid high credit/debit card charges and less economic exchange rates.

If you would like to pay in Colombian Pesos you can enquire at the pre-departure meeting.

HOW DO I GET TO PANAMA CITY FROM PUERTO LINDO?

Public Transport

Busses leave Puerto Lindo in the morning. You will have to change in the town of Sabanitas or the port city of Colon. It is quicker to change in Sabanitas however the connection from here to Panama City will be busy and there may not be seats available.

Time: Approximately 3hrs

Cost: Approximately $10.00 USD

Shared Direct Transfer

A shared transfer may be available depending on overall demand.

Cost: On request

Time: Approximately 1.5hrs

This service is provided by a non-affiliated local operator. We do not receive any commission from them and cannot take responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. 

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before arriving at Club Nautico Marina should separate all your belongings into two separate bags. One small/medium for anything you might need for the five day tour. You will keep this with you on the boat by your berth

– High UVA skin protection
– Book
– Ipod/Phone
– Swim wear
– Light clothing, T-Shirts & shorts, sandals
– Camera
– Snacks, juices/soda, alcohol
– Towel
– Light jacket/sweater
– Flashlight

You main larger luggage will be stowed and difficult to reach, make sure no essential items are packed. We strongly advise you to protect this larger luggage with large plastic trash bags. Use one to line the outside and more for the belonging inside, just in case.

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.

DOES THE BOAT HAVE 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 DO 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.

The captain and crew can help you organize beach parties, bonfires and visits to local villages, however they are not tour guides and cannot babysit guests. Their main responsibilities are on board the boat.

You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET FOR IMMIGRATION WHEN WE ARRIVE IN PANAMA?

No. At this moment in time passengers travelling aboard La Gitanita will not be required to show proof of onward travel as the boat is registered as a Panamanian commercial vessel.

The immigration services in Panama often change their regulations so we cannot guarantee this won’t change. You will be advised before departure if it does.

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

It won’t be possible to sail at all times. Navigating through the islands can be dangerous with many reefs.

Away from the islands the captain will sail whenever practical. Sometimes there may not be enough wind or too strong.

Preparation Checklist

  • Make sure you plan to arrive in Cartagena with sufficient time for the pre departure meeting
  • Leave your passport at the agent collection point on the morning of departure. The time and location will be on your final booking confirmation.
  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final cash balance in USD$. You should also be sure to change additional US Dollars to pay the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee of $20 per person and onward transport from Puerto Lindo to Panama City  (read FAQ’s)
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advance. In some locations within the islands you can make purchases however choices are limited.
  • Before departure please also be sure to make a photocopy of your passport photo page. This may be needed for immigration on arrival
  • Prepare all luggage before boarding (read FAQ’s)
  • Dramamine is recommended for seasickness. You should take your first dose early on the day of departure for it to start working in advance.

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