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Santana

Santana

CATAMARAN TO PANAMA, COLOMBIA & SAN BLAS

Catamaran

50FT | 15.2 METRES

GUESTS

17

CREW LANGUAGES

ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL

PRICE PER PERSON

$550.00 USD

PANAMA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

EL PORVENIR

COLOMBIA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

CARTAGENA

Overview

Santana is custom 50ft/15.2 metre aluminium catamaran, and another long term operator sailing Panama to Colombia. Like all featured boats, the trip and accommodation is backpacker style and suitable for guests that are happy to share open sleeping areas within a relatively large group.

Couples, single passengers and groups are all welcome aboard. Guests are free to take their own beers and wine, however please be aware that bringing bottles or consuming strong liquor is not permitted for safety reasons and to maintain a pleasant atmosphere for everyone.

Special dietary requests can be accommodated with advance notice before booking and are subject to a surcharge of $25.00 USD

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Features

  • Competitive price
  • Kayak
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Fishing gear
  • Experienced captain
  • Charging available for devices
  • Fans ventilation
  • Free lobster meal included

Captain

German captain Gisbert is owner and long term skipper of Santana, however responsibilities are often delegated to a contract captain.

Currently Fernando from Argentina is running trips, with Gisbert working behind the scenes and over seeing.  Fernando has been working as a captain on several boats for many years in San Blas making countless crossings.

Another contracted captain may be in charge of your trip

Fernando AstaCAPTAIN

Design

The boat is certainly not an elegant or luxury private charter vessel, however it is practical for the advertised trips and has been customised for this purpose.

The saloon and cockpit area has been re-configured to accommodate additional beds a small dining area and galley. Santana does feature a good amount of deck space for guests to relax.

Accommodation

A total of 17 guests can be accommodated on board Santana in single or double beds.

Most berths are in an open communal saloon area, similar in style to a hostel dormitory. More beds are located in down below, nestled tightly in the two hull sections.

All are priced the same at $550.00

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

Santana Panama To Colombia

El Porvenir, San Blas 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

Passengers will meet the boat in El Porvenir after taking early morning transport from Panama City followed by a local boat transfer from the coastal area.

While everybody settles on board Santana, breakfast will be served and the captain will go ashore to visit immigration with all passenger passports to officialy stamp everybody out of Panama. After a safety briefing you will then make way to another island for the afternoon and evening. This is could well be the popular snorkelling location of Isla Perro or nearby Isla Diablo.

Day 2

The second day of your trip will involve moving through the chain of islands after breakfast to arrive at Cayos Holandeses in the outer region of San Blas. This is a popular stop off point for most Panama to Colombia voyages. A beach BBQ will be arranged along with some Coco Locos. You will also have the chance to visit a local village here.

Day 3

This is the final day the boat will spend in the San Blas Islands. You will make a final stop to anchor between two small outer island areas furthest from the mainland. In the late afternoon the boat will start heading out into clear water, starting the journey to Cartagena.

Day 4

The whole day and night will be spent sailing to Colombia on the open ocean. Make sure you have a book to read.

Day 5

Arrival in Cartagena. You should be anchored up in the bay of Cartagena  at some point during the morning. You will probably wait until the immigration process has been completed by an agent employed by the captain. This normally takes around two hours

You will be taken ashore near Club Nautico Marina, around 5 minutes by taxi to the main hostel and guest house area.

What is Included?

  Four 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 El Porvenir

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20.00

  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?

You will need to budget for your own transport to start the trip at El Porvenir (approx $52.00), and the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee ($20.00)

If you have a special dietary requirement there will be a surcharge of $25.00

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 EL PORVENIR?

Shared Transfer

We can book this for you at your request. Transport is available from any downtown hotel or hostel location. Pick-up times are normally between 05:00 and 06:00. From the city you will be taken to the mainland coastal area of the Guna Yala (San Blas) region.

From here a boat transfer will take you to the boat anchored at El Porvenir.

In all you should budget form the following;

– $30 ground transport

– $20 boat transfer

– $2 dock fee in Carti

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 might 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?

Santana will sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so. It isn’t realistic to complete the crossing from Panama to Cartagena without motoring.

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.
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advance.
  • 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. Your captain will advise.

Santana Colombia To Panama

Cartagena To El Porvenir, San Blas

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.

Passport Drop-Off

You will need to hand over your passports the day before departure. A time and location will be given with your booking confirmation.

Day 1

Santana will be anchored near Club Nautico Marina, in Manga. This is around five minutes in a taxi from the Getsemani area.

You will meet at the marina or nearby supermarket at specified time provided on your booking confirmation.

After getting settled aboard and having a safety briefing, dinner will be provided before you set sail to Panama.

Day 2

A 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

San Blas arrival. The first day in the islands are normally spent in more remote locations away from the mainland such as Cayos Holandeses. You will be invited to join a beach BBQ, local village visit and Coco Locos on the beach.

Day 4

After breakfast you will set sail further west through the islands to Isla Perro where there is normally great snorkelling opportunities. You will spen the rest of the day and night anchored here or at nearby Isla Diablo.

Day 5

This will be your final day in the San Blas Islands. Your final island visit will be El Porvenir which you can explore or relax on the boat. The captain will complete the immigration and port authority formalities and you will receive your newly stamped passport back from him. You will leave the boat at around 15:00. A local boat transfer will be available for you here to take you ti the mainland and on to Panama City.

What is Included?

  Four 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 El Porvenir after your trip.

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20.00

  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?

You will need to budget for the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee ($20.00) and transport after the trip from El Porvenir to Panama City (approx $52.00)

If you have a special dietary requirement there will be a surcharge of $25.00

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 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.

HOW DO I GET TO PANAMA CITY FROM EL PORVENIR?

This will be arranged by the crew. On your final morning on the boat a locally operated water taxi will arrive to take all passengers from El Porvenir to the mainland (Carti)

From here shared transfer vehicles will be available to take you to  any downtown hostel or hostel.

In all you should budget form the following;

– $20.00 boat transfer

– $30.00 ground transport

– $2 dock fee in Carti

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 may 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 Wild Card 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?

Santana will sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so. It isn’t realistic to complete the crossing from Cartagena to Panama without motoring.

Preparation Checklist

  • Make sure you plan to arrive in Cartagena with sufficient time for the pre departure meeting
  • 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 $20.00 and onward transport from El Porvenir 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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