Costa Rica, Panama and the Caribbean
22.09.2012 - 02.10.2012 30 °C
Two and a half day driving from Nicaragua through Costa Rica and then on to Panama! Decided that I want to spend more time in South America, since I know Panamá quite well and feel one can always get back to Costa Rica. In Panama lived the bureaucracy, running from A to B and then back to A to get to C (as in Colombia). With a lot of patience and help from some very nice people managed to get my car on a boat to Cartagena and had nice farewell drinks from Central America with Katya, the sister of my neighbor in Mexico, and her friend Adriana.
The boats that transport cars don't take passengers so I looked for a sail boat and found the "Mintaka", a 46 feet sailboat run by a nice German couple, which took me and a crew of 6 chilled other travelers from England, the US, Germany, Switzerland and Israel from Portobelo in Panama through San Blas (Caribbean as you find it in the coffee table books) to Cartagena, Colombia in 5 days. The trek had it all: snorkeling, drinking, goofing on and off the boat, lobsters, fishing, endless sea, plenty of sun, tropical showers, sea-sickness, starry nights. Now happy to have solid ground under my feet (the ground seemed to keep moving for a few hours after landing) off to explore Cartagena (yay!) and trying to get my car out of the port (not so much fun).
Here are the photos