FAQ

What else should you know before this trip?

Book the tour directly on our website with a credit/debit card in 3 easy steps:

• Choose the tour you prefer on our website
• Once you have chosen the tour, proceed by selecting your date and enter your data
• Complete your reservation by paying a small down payment by credit/debit card directly in our advanced and highly secure system.

You will only pay a small down payment, immediately afterwards you will receive our confirmation email with the receipt and all the details of the trip, check well what remains to be paid on the day of your tour (remember that the remaining balance is paid only in cash).

ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR, IT IS MANDATORY TO BRING THE TICKETS THAT YOU RECEIVED BY EMAIL, PRINTED OR PDF ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE.​​

​Your reservation is confirmed only after making the reservation online by paying a down payment.

The remaining balance is paid on the day of the trip in cash dollars. WHY?
We work together with the Kuna on all aspects of the trip and most of your ticket money stays in San Blas, distributed among the local people we work with and the different communities we visit along the way, including our staff, boats , the accommodation, the food and the beautiful places where we spend time every day.

It is necessary that we receive the balance on the day of the tour in cash to pay for any services provided by the Kuna.

It is very easy to book, but in case you need it we have created a small video tutorial.

 

BOOK THE TOUR WITH BANK DEPOSIT

The second booking method is a payment through a bank deposit (Banco General), in case you are not in Panama City or you do not have the possibility to pay by credit card.

This payment method is available to everyone (Panamanians, residents or foreigners), there is no need to have a bank account.

​In this case, send us an email to info@sanblasdreams.com and we will send you all the information to book.

*Deposits and bank transfers are only accepted by Panamanian banks and not with international transfers.

Given the limited number of cabins, we encourage you to do your booking as soon as possible to get the best option. We recommend that you book now to guarantee your spot.

Remember, cancellation is free up to 72 hours before the tour departure.

San Blas Dreams does not recommend travel to San Blas for children under 2 years old.
Children up to 4 years pay only $ 70, in transport to / from Panama City they have their own seat in the car. On the island they sleep in their parents’ bed, meals may not be included for them (depending on the island). 5 years old children or older pay the full amount. 

All Panamanian citizens and residents must pay $8 ($5 entry to the Guna Comarca, $3 entry to the port) and tourists must pay $ 23 ($20 entry to the Guna Comarca, $3 entry to the port). The entry fees are paid starting from 10 years.

Guna Yala is a simple place, far away from civilization. Modern amenities such as running water, electricity or internet are not accessible there, having that said there are some islands that use solar panel or generators and you may have some electricity at a certain time during the day, regarding mobile internet provided by phone companies, the best one with better reception is TIGO (It is not always steady).

​However, the cabins have comfortable beds and the pleasure of being away from everything and switching off completely.

Before booking a tour to the San Blas Islands we recommend you read our guide.

  • Roundtrip 4×4 transportation from your accommodation (Hotel/Hostel/Apartment) in the Downtown of Panama City only. We won’t pick anyone up from these places: Westin Playa Bonita, Dreams Playa Bonita, or any of the hotels in Playa Blanca. In the areas far from downtown , the meeting point can be: supermarket, gas station or parking lot (to be decided during the reservation). San Blas Dreams is not responsible for reservations outside this area. 
  • Every day from 5:30 am we start to pick up our customers meaning we can reach to you from that time to 6:00 am, SUVs we have fit up to 6 people, which means that depending on the route before you can collect other customers. Sometimes it happens that customers are not ready and we are forced to wait for them (we try not to leave anyone behind). In this case we ask you for a little patience, we always do our best to be with you as soon as possible.

The bathrooms in most of the islands are shared, there are also islands that have a private bathroom inside the cabin, check the details of each tour.

There are showers with fresh water on the islands. The water comes from a well or from barrels that are filled into a river from the mainland.

The vast majority of the islands are virtually free of mosquitoes, however repellent is recommended for your convenience.

In the San Blas Islands as in all of Panama the climate is tropical, with a rainy season, from June to November, where you can also have a lot of sun since it is not very common to have very long rains, and at this time of the year it is where the sea is quieter and is ideal for sailing.
From December to May it is the dry season, where the blue skies take over San Blas although there is also a windy season. These characteristics make the San Blas Islands an ideal place to visit all year round, so our tours are available 365 days a year.

In case of rain the tour will take place anyway, unfortunately we cannot guarantee perfect weather conditions but we promise to comply with the contracted tour even in adverse conditions, in case there is a prohibition of departure by the authorities, national or regional, the tour could be moved to another date or canceled, in this case the down payment made will be refunded.

Our transport service will pick you up between 5:30 and 6 am from wherever you are staying within Panama City in a 4×4.

​From there it is a 2 hours and a half ride to the port. At the port, you will get onto a speed boat that will take you to your home island.

Usually you arrive in the city between 12 pm/1pm on the last day.

However there are tours with return at 7pm, we suggest you read the page of the chosen tour.

Yes. It is necessary to enter Guna Yala. Copies will not be accepted by the authorities. Please make sure you have it with you.

In San Blas as in all of the country of Panama the currency is the US DOLLAR.

Make sure you get enough cash in Panama City before the trip. The remaining balance must be paid in cash dollars. There are no ATMs in San Blas, we strongly recommend withdrawing the cash needed the day before the tour.

Although our packages include three meals, we recommend carrying food, water, fruits or whatever you deem necessary, as these consumer products in the islands are a little scarce. It would also be a good idea to take a flashlight and a fully charged camera. Other items that you may find useful include sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, beach towel, flip-flop, personal belongings and maybe a good book!

We encourage our clients to purchase supplies to take with you to the island (snacks, drinks, water) the day before the tour. 

The Guna government encourages guests to buy drinks and other local products in the islands to support the autonomous Guna economy.​

The use of Drones is not allowed in the San Blas Islands. 

You could get a fine and get your drone taken away from you.

Refunds of down payment will be given when a guest cancels their booking more than 72 hours prior to departure (5:30am).

​If the reservation is made within the previous 72 hours before the tour, and the guest wants to cancel, the down payment would be lost. Exceptions to this policy can only be approved by San Blas Dreams management. If you feel you have circumstances that warrant special consideration, please write to info@sanblasdreams.com.

You can find all details regarding our Cancellation Policy here.

  • From December to April it is very high season, the places on the islands are limited, we recommend booking as soon as possible.
  • It is advisable to carry only a small bag with what is necessary to spend the days on the islands, leave your large suitcase in the city, there is not enough space in the car and it could get wet during the boat trip.
  • This “Comarca” (Guna Yala or more commonly known as San Blas Islands) is a paradise where it is only allowed to people from its community to work there, tourism is something new to them, their infrastructure is currently under development and service might not be entirely satisfactory in some cases, if you are an intransigent or demanding person with schedules or if you are looking for a 5 stars service, this tour is not for you, but if you wish to enjoy extraordinary beaches in the Caribbean then we invite you to book with us. Please read all our information well.

Book the tour directly on our website with a credit/debit card in 3 easy steps:

• Choose the tour you prefer on our website
• Once you have chosen the tour, proceed by selecting your date and enter your data
• Complete your reservation by paying a small down payment by credit/debit card directly in our advanced and highly secure system.

You will only pay a small down payment, immediately afterwards you will receive our confirmation email with the receipt and all the details of the trip, check well what remains to be paid on the day of your tour (remember that the remaining balance is paid only in cash).

ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR, IT IS MANDATORY TO BRING THE TICKETS THAT YOU RECEIVED BY EMAIL, PRINTED OR PDF ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE.​​

​Your reservation is confirmed only after making the reservation online by paying a down payment. The balance will be paid on the day of tour to our guide in cash (at no extra cost) or by Mastercard/Visa credit card (+4% for card costs).

It is very easy to book, but in case you need it we have created a small video tutorial.

 

BOOK THE TOUR WITH BANK DEPOSIT

The second booking method is a payment through a bank deposit (Banco General), in case you are not in Panama City or you do not have the possibility to pay by credit card.

This payment method is available to everyone (Panamanians, residents or foreigners), there is no need to have a bank account.

​In this case, send us an email to info@sanblasdreams.com and we will send you all the information to book.

*Deposits and bank transfers are only accepted by Panamanian banks and not with international transfers.

Normally children up to 10 years old have a special rate, we recommend seeing the price on the chosen tour.

In case of rain the tour will take place anyway, unfortunately we cannot guarantee perfect weather conditions but we promise to comply with the contracted tour even in adverse conditions, in case there is a prohibition of departure by the authorities, national or regional, the tour could be moved to another date or canceled, in this case the down payment made will be refunded.

There are no certain times for the passage of ships at the Miraflores locks, but our staff will always try to do their best, thanks also to the use of some specialized APPs that allow us to control the transit, in 90% of cases we manage to see the transit.

Nature is wild and sightings of monkeys are not 100% guaranteed, however with the experience of our guides at least 90% of the time we manage to see some species of monkeys.

The Gatun Lake boat tour does not include crossing any Locks.

All our tours are suitable for people of all ages.

Refunds of down payment will be given when a guest cancels their booking more than 72 hours prior to departure. We will refund you the full amount paid.

​If the reservation is made within the previous 72 hours before the tour, and the guest wants to cancel, the down payment would be lost. Exceptions to this policy can only be approved by San Blas Dreams management.

*Only for the “Zipline Gamboa” tour, cancellation must be made up to 7 days before the tour.

If you feel you have circumstances that warrant special consideration, please write to info@sanblasdreams.com.

You can find all details regarding our Cancellation Policy here.

You should bring:
• Light, comfortable clothes
• Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
• Camera​

If you are planning a business trip or just a pleasure trip to Panama City, our company can provide you with a private transportation service (Drivers who can speak either English or Spanish) in all territories of Panama.

This service is an excellent opportunity for business persons or just tourists who wish to move quickly from/to Panama City from/to any province in Panama, with the main advantage of avoiding long waiting times or long queues to take a public taxi.

We can arrange private transportation from or to any of the main airports in Panama City (Tocumen International Airport, Albrook  “Marco A. Gelabert” International, Panamá Pacifico International Airport, hotels, hostels and any private resident in Panama city).

Such places as the Canal, Playa Blanca or Portobelo are easily and comfortably accesible from the comfort of our vehicles, also thanks to the professionalism of our drivers and customer service they provide.

It is important to book at least 24 hours in advance and wait for our confirmation e-mail.
Help us by sending us your flight number, airline and city of departure.

• Roundtrip 4×4 transportation from your accommodation (Hotel/Hostel/Apartment) in the Downtown of Panama City only.
We won’t pick anyone up from these places: Westin Playa Bonita, Dreams Playa Bonita, or any of the hotels in Playa Blanca.
In the areas far from downtown , the meeting point can be: supermarket, gas station or parking lot (to be decided during the reservation).
San Blas Dreams is not responsible for reservations outside this area. ​

• Every day from 5:30 am we start to pick up our customers meaning we can reach to you from that time to 6:00 am, SUVs we have fit up to 6 people, which means that depending on the route before you can collect other customers. Sometimes it happens that customers are not ready and we are forced to wait for them (we try not to leave anyone behind). In this case we ask you for a little patience, we always do our best to be with you as soon as possible.

​• Roundtrip transportation in SUV’s 4×4 from your accommodation (Hotel/Hostel/Home) in Panama City to San Blas Port between 5-6 a.m. and arrive back in the City about 6/7pm.

Panama to Colombia

​To make a reservation we take a deposit of $50 USD per person through our online booking system.
Check out our departure dates: click here
BY BOOKING THIS TOUR, YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND, ACCEPT AND AGREE OUR FAQ, TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND OUR LIABILITY RELEASE.

Our relationship and your experience
After many years of operating in San Blas we have developed very close relationships with the local indigenous community, the Kuna. Being able to share this experience with you, and share you with them, is an integral part of our trip and what really sets us apart.
Throughout the trip you will be meeting locals who work with us, communities that we work closely with, and villages where we buy supplies like fish/seafood, rums, & ice, etc. We highly respect the communities in our route and we plan our trips in a way that we don’t exhaust the villages with our visit.
Most of our crew are from these villages and we are welcome there.
As an individual you are welcome to go around villages to talk with and meet the locals.

Photos:
Photos are a big deal in Kuna Yala, some will ask you 1$ for taking a photo of them, some will completely refuse. In all cases you will need to start a conversation with them first and then ask for a photo.
Kunas children will go after your camera and make your photography a dream! However, you will still need to ask their permission and if their mother or father is around, you will need to ask permission from them.

Coconuts:
The San Blas islands are coconut plantations planted by the Kuna. Every coconut, no matter where you find it, has an owner whom you need to find and pay before going crazy banging it on rocks and whatever you can find to try and get it open. Kunas have machetes and they will open it for you.

Village Rules:
Always wear a shirt in villages,
Ask before taking pictures. Sometimes the Kuna may charge you 1$ for picture.
Please don’t offer alcohol to the Kuna, particularly rum, the results are not fun for anyone!
You can bring things for the Kuna kids. Some suggestions are: books, pens, volleyball, basketball, football, any game…. It’s better to give these kinds of things than sweets.

Watching where your money goes is very important!
Come with us and support the local families. Ethical travel doesn’t mean we want tourists to stop having fun, we just want them to think about how they’re spending their time and money.
Be a conscious traveler, with an awareness of the place you’re going and whether or not the money you spend benefits the economy of the local hosts.
We work very closely with the Kuna on all aspects of the trip and most of the money from your fare stays in San Blas, distributed among the local people we work with and the different communities we visit along the way.

We travel between Sapzurro/Capurgana in Colombia and Carti in Panama. This is literally from one end of the San Blas Islands to the other.
We are THE ONLY tour that takes you through the full archipelago of San Blas. Passing through all 365 islands.

NO OCEAN CROSSING: 
Traveling this way you’re always in sight of the coastline, weaving through paradise islands and indigenous villages.

COLOMBIAN HIGHLIGHTS:
Visit Sapzurro, Capurgana & La Miel on your way. Some of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean.

MEET PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
We encourage a wide mix of ages within the group, from old time adventurers to short break professionals to first time travelers.
Every combination of people makes a unique, one off, atmosphere onboard. There is no upper age limit. All you need is a normal physical condition to get on and off the boat, and an adventurous team spirit!

Depending on the season, our trips leave from 5 up to 27 crew not included.
All meals are included
from lunch the first day to lunch the last day of the journey. 10 meals in total.
Snacks are not included.
Dietary requirements: Please inform us of any dietary requirements. If you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies etc.
Our menu is based on traditional caribbean cooking with a gringo touch, using fresh seafood, lobsters when available, chicken, vegetables, fruits, rice… The seafood in San Blas is first class and we serve lots of it!
We buy our fish directly from the fisherman on some islands or the locals prepare delicious meals for us. We stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables,vegetarians and vegans will enjoy healthy dishes. The crew usually serves fruits between the meals or after the meals.
We are proud of our food, our teams and the Kunas cook with passion. Sometimes we do not cook per plate but in one big batch caribbean style so it will be hard to separate ingredients just to cater for those who do not like garlic or onions etc. Remember that you are on remote islands! You may have to make a small exception sometimes.
We always work to improve and do our best to satisfy our guests!
DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED
Water: We recommend around 1 gallon per person before the trip as you can also buy water on some of the islands.
Cold beers, sodas and coconuts: can be purchased from most of the islands during the trip with a cost of $1-2 depending on the island.
Rum: A popular drink among guests, should be bought before the trip as it is usually not available on the islands.
NO. We take care of your stamp in or out of Panama and your entrance fees for each island. On the Colombian side stamping in is free* and is done in Capurgana. But you will have to pay 20$ on the way from Panama City to Carti our departure point for Kuna Yala Entrance fee.
Our trip starts in Carti at the beginning of San Blas. This is where you will get on the boat and start your journey!
To get there you will need to take a jeep from Panama City. This is a third party company and the cost is not included in our trip, however we can help you organize it. All you need to do is let us know where you’re staying. Jeep cost is $30 per person.
Our trip ends in Sapzurro, Colombia near La Miel and Capurgana. These are some of the most beautiful, off the beaten track bays you will ever see. White sand beaches backed by untouched jungle, vibrant Caribbean villages in bays you can walk between. NO ROADS! Just horse and cart transport, waterfalls, hikes, a natural Jacuzzi, and some of Colombia’s best diving. There IS a danger though… you may want to stay.

You will need to spend at least one night in Capurgana in order to catch the morning boat to Necocli, however we suggest you stay a few nights to enjoy the area before traveling on to Cartagena or Medellin. To get to either of these places it takes one day, leaving in the morning and arriving in the evening. The journey consists of one boat ride and one or two bus/van rides.

COSTS AND TRAVEL TIMES TO CARTAGENA & MEDELLIN (ALL TIMES & PRICES ARE APPROXIMATE):
Capurgana: Stamp into Colombia at the immigration office. This is free and easy, no need for onward ticket. You will only need 1 copy of your passport and your yellow fever card. We recommend getting the yellow fever vaccine before getting to Panama Republic. Our guide will tell you options to fulfill this requirement at the briefing.
Capurgana to Necocli: Around 1.5 hours. Leaves once a day at 10:00am. Cost is 85.000 COP
Boat to Necocli: You must book your ticket for the boat to Necocli and stamp out of Colombia the day before you leave.
Preparation for Necocli ferry: Make sure all your bags are protected by bin liners. These can be bought at the shot by the dock. Have sun block ready. (Hint: the most comfortable place to sit is at the back of the boat)
Necocli to Cartagena:
Van to Monteria: 40.000 COP. around 3 hours
Van from Monteria to Cartagena: 65.000 COP around 5.5 hours.
Around 105.000 COP in total
Necocli to Medellin: 80,000 COP, around 9.5 hours.

Total cost from Capurgana to Cartagena: Around 220,000 COP (approx. $75) all amounts need to be paid in Colombian Pesos.
Total cost from Capurgana to Medellin: Around 185,000 COP (approx. $62) all amounts need to be paid in Colombian Pesos.
You can also fly on Mondays and Fridays with charter flights from Capurgana to Medellin : Around 100$  with the company www.pacificatravel.com.co

Note: All amounts may change due to providers’ policy and money exchange rates.

If you’d like to experience this amazing adventure through San Blas, visit the border towns where we finish and come back again, there is a couple of ways!
Coming back with us
If you’d like to do the trip twice with us to return to Panama, we offer a $50 discount the second time you take the trip.
By plane
A short boat ride from Capurgana to Puerto Obaldia and a flight to Panama City and you’re back in Panama for around $120 USD

We help organize the group transport by Jeep to Carti where the trip begins. All you need to do is let us know where you’re staying. The transport will pick you up the morning of the trip at 5am. The cost is $30 USD per person.
Important: You must keep us updated and stay in contact with us if you change your hostel so the jeep will know where to pick you up! You must be outside and ready at 5am. if you miss the Jeep, it can become a costly mistake for you to catch up with the rest of the group!

Note: The transport service is NOT our company and the cost of transfer to the port is not included in our trip. We are not responsible for this part of the journey.

Important Note: Late pick up or late arrival to the departing point due to no show, sleeping in or forgetting belongings at your hostel/hotel may cause extra expenses of up to $100-200 plus losing the 1st day activities.
If you bring any delicate valuables (money, docs, etc.), any breakable item, shock sensitive electronic devices, computers/laptops/mobile phones/tablets, etc. we recommend carrying them with you in your daily backpack inside the 4×4 car to avoid any shock damage or loss.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The San Blas Adventures ticket to Colombia is accepting by almost every airlines as an exit proof of Panama. But some of our guests are recently reporting that the low cost company WINGO is only accepting flight tickets as exit proof. So if have already book your fligh to Panama with them, please contact our admin team that may have a solution for you.

We organise a meeting at Mamallena Hostel in Panama city at 11:00 a.m. the day before the trip.
This meeting is held for you to get a full briefing from your guide in order to be fully prepared for your departure the next day. You can also get to know the other people of the group, as well as pay the remaining balance of trip and the $30 USD for the shared 4×4 jeep transport to the port. This meeting is really important so please be there if you can!! It’s also a good opportunity to see Casco Viejo at the same time.

WHAT IF I MISS THE BRIEFING??
Read our FAQ twice! There is all the information you need to be totally prepared for the trip. In that case you will pay the remaining balance before the trip in the morning of the departure to your guide.
We strongly recommend that you attend the briefing to avoid any misunderstanding or surprises and to answer any of your questions!

It’s very important you follow these suggestions to prepare and protect your belongings during the trip.

SEPARATE YOUR THINGS. Put what you will use for the trip in your small bag. This is the bag you will keep with you for the trip. Your big bag with everything you don’t need for the trip will be stored and may be carried separately. You will not have access to it for the entire trip until the end. Think carefully about what you need to bring.
For your electronics and important documents you MUST seal them in sealed plastic bags then tape them up so they are 100% WATERPROOF. In the unlikely event of water entering your bag we cannot be held responsible for damage to electronic equipment or personal items.

Do this the night before. That way when we get to the boat we can store the bags and supplies straight away and vamos as soon as possible.
Passport: We suggest storing it in a sealed plastic bag (ziplock) and carry it in your hand bag or small bag.

Some ideas for packing:

  • Change of Clothes
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Camera (fully charged)
  • Warm clothes or a sheet to sleep in. Can be chilly in a hammock.
  • A warm jumper/sweater/light jacket.
  • Some dollars to buy drinks, coconuts, kuna art, etc.
  • Sun Block/after sun.
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • 3 copies of your passport
  • Toilet paper
  • Cigarettes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Good spirit – and some good spirits!!

NOTE :Remember that you will be traveling on a boat with a good probability of getting water splash in the boat. We strongly recommend you get a travel-insurance policy which covers you for loss or damage to your personal belongings, as we cannot be responsible for them.

There are often no plugs or electricity on the Islands. Sometimes you will be able to charge batteries on some of the nights if you are lucky and find a solar panel with a plug!
We recommend that you fully charge your batteries the night before the trip.
Remember to pack a Flashlight or Head-torch.

Make sure you get enough cash in Panama City before the trip. Remaining balance should be paid in cash dollars. There are no ATMs in San Blas, Sapzurro, or Capurgana. The first ATM that you’ll see after leaving Panama City is in Necocli.

HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU NEED:TRIP BALANCE
Trip price minus your reservation deposit

JEEP TRANSPORT
$30USD Shared 4×4 car from Carti to Panama city downtown

SUGGESTED EXTRA MONEY
Around $50 – $150 USD for the islands (Drinks and coconuts in San Blas are $1-$2 USD and Guna art & jewellery are sold between $5-$30 USD)
Around 300.000 COP ($100 USD) for onward travel in Colombia (transport to Cartagena or Medellin, 1 night accommodation in Capurgana and meals). We recommend having extra cash with you so if you fall in love with the area of Sapzurro/Capurgana you can spend some extra days there!
In total we recommend around $250 USD extra cash. That way you’re covered for everything!

WHERE CAN I GET COLOMBIAN PESOS?
You can exchange dollars to pesos at Albrook Mall, in Casco Viejo, any Western Union, any bank, or any money exchange house (Casa de Cambio). You can also exchange Dollars once you arrive to Capurgana, so if you run out of time, no need to panic!

WHY IS THE REMAINING BALANCE PAID IN CASH?
This adventure is run through a very remote part of the world. Part of what sets us aside from other routes & tours through San Blas is how closely we work with the communities and how much of our tour is provided by the locals, including our crew, boats, accommodation, food, and the beautiful places we spend time at each day. It is necessary for us to receive balances after the deposit in cash in order to pay for each service provided by the Kuna.

PREPARE FOR NO CASH MACHINES :
Remember that there are no cash machines, no banks, no ATMs between Panama City and Necocli. We suggest taking money out a few days before the trip to avoid last minute problems. The trip is all inclusive except for drinks. How much money you need will depend on how much you drink, if you want to buy souvenirs and of course if you want to stay a few more days in beautiful Capurgana!

Online booking:
We require $50 U.S.D deposit to confirm your reservation. This is payable through our online booking system at
https://www.sanblasdreams.com/boat-panamacolombiapanama.html

Your remaining balance is due before the trip in cash in dollars. WHY?
Our trip is through a very remote part of the world. Part of what sets us aside from other routes & tours through San Blas is how closely we work with the communities and how much of our adventure is provided by the locals including our crew, boats, accommodation, food, and the beautiful places we spend time at each day. It is necessary for us to receive balances after deposit in cash in order to pay for each service provided by the Kuna.

Prepare for no cash machines :
Remember, there are NO CASH MACHINES, NO BANKS & NO ATM´s between Necocli and Panama city, in San Blas, Capurgana & Sapzurro
We suggest taking money out a few days before the trip to avoid last minute problems.
Our trip is all inclusive, except for drinks. How much money you need will depend on how much you drink and if you buy extras like Kuna art!

Baggage allowance
Each guest has a baggage allowance of one large backpack/Suitcase (up to 150 L) and one small carry on bag (up to 60 L)

Extra: If you would like to take something extra please check with us before booking to confirm that we have space.

Costs:
Extra backpack $30
Surfboard $30
Kite board $30
Bicycle $100
Note: The extra charge covers the extra weight on the boat and does not cover damages. You should take care of your gear on the boat. If something breaks it’s your responsibility.

Surfboards: We suggest you sit at the front of the boat and watch your board. Take charge of taking the board on and off the boat yourself and storing it somewhere it won’t get damaged for the night.

Be 100% sure you have NO DRUGS with you on the trip. At some point the authorities may check all your luggage, in which case they will find whatever you have and you will go to jail for a very long time, like 10 years! Not fun. Rum on the other hand is legal and lots of fun!

** The army will check all your luggage at the Panamanian immigration – Be 100% sure you don’t have any drugs, they will find it and you will go to jail for 10+ years**

Avoid drinking too much alcohol! Of course you will want to enjoy a few beers and sample some of the local rum around the fire at night, however don’t make yourself a liability. Nobody wants to have to look after the drunk guy. Tropical hangovers are a nightmare and you don’t want to miss out on the day activities if you are trying to recover from the night before! Also, if you hurt yourself you’re a long way from the nearest hospital and there are no ambulances. (there are some clinics in some villages)

Drinking in the indigenous villages is not permitted by the Kuna laws, for that we have our private social areas to socialize and have a drink all together!

Be understanding and respectful of others:
In a San blas adventures group most of the people are well traveled, well mannered and well informed. It is a holiday break so they are allowed to party and socialize.. if you want to join – you can, if not then there is plenty of space to chill, explore or enjoy the islands your way.

As a free flowing trip, we want people to enjoy themselves but we are not shy to let you know if you get a little too excited with the drinks. There’s generally a good sociable atmosphere when travelers get together on a boat roaming paradise islands and we encourage people to enjoy the trip their way as long as they respect other people who want to do other things too. It’s also important to respect the kuna people leaving on the islands and the ones working with us or part of the crew. We want our groups to be socially aware, respect each other, the crew and the locals.

Kuna and alcohol:
Unfortunately we have to keep mentioning this and double reinforcing its importance. DO NOT GIVE KUNA ALCOHOL Kuna are an indigenous people and like many asians they don’t have the enzymes to digest and filter alcohol properly. What seems funny can quickly turn into a really annoying or potentially dangerous situation. It’s not safe to be completely intoxicated on a small island. Please be respectful of this!

PLEASE, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE ENTRANCE STAMP TO PANAMA IN YOUR PASSPORT BEFORE HEADING TO CARTÍ.

STAMPING OUT OF PANAMA:
We do this on the last day of the trip and all costs are covered by us. This can be a lengthy process depending on group size etc. We will do our best to speed it up, but please have patience! You will need 3 copies of your passport.

STAMPING INTO COLOMBIA:
You will do this in the immigration office on the main street of Capurgana on the last day of the trip. It is totally free and easy.

PASSPORT:
You will need your passport on you on the first morning of the trip in the jeep to show as you enter San Blas. And on the last day of the trip to stamp out of Panama.

YELLOW FEVER VACCINE:
Colombia requires the Yellow fever vaccine to enter the country. If you have a yellow fever vaccine card, please make sure to bring it with you. If you don’t have it yet, we recommend getting the shot before getting to Panama Republic. If you cannot get the vaccine in time don’t panic, you’ll still be able to cross the border. Just let your guide know at the briefing and they will give you the latest information

Each night you will have the luxury of sleeping on a new island!
Since each day will be on a new island, you’ll get to experience sleeping in a mixture of cabana beach islands and Kuna village islands. Some are on their own private island, within a traditional village or on a secluded beach.

Hammocks/beds
Accommodations are provided by the Kuna people and generally consist of dorm style rooms with hammocks. Some islands have some beds available.

Couples
Where possible we give couples a room of their own, and the opportunity to sleep together, however sometimes due to availability you may have to be in a shared room with other guests.

Bugs
The islands we stay on are mostly bug free but it’s always a good idea to bring some repellent anyway. In the rainy season there may be sandflies on some of the islands. We recommend some kind of oil, like baby oil or coconut oil, as the best defence against sandflies and no-seeums (chitras).

There will be no sleeping on board as we are a speedboat.
We recommend that you bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
Keep in mind: This is an adventure!! Amenities are rustic with a charm

Toilet: There is no toilet on the boat
Depending on the islands, we have a mix of plumbing toilets and indigenous Kuna toilet, they are rustic toilets build above the sea, you will have the experience of a lifetime using this ancestral way to do your necessities! We advise you not to throw toilet paper in the sea but to put it in the trash.

Showers:
There are fresh water showers on the islands. Water either comes from a well or water drums filled from a river on the mainland.

No toilet or shower!
Some islands we stop at during the day have no toilet, shower or running water.. Just coconut trees. You might have to improvise…

Bicycles
Before booking check with us that we have space to take a bike on the trip date you want to travel.
Cost: $100

Motorbike
Sorry, we cannot take motorbikes.

We do Not bring pregnant women on our trip for the simple reason to avoid issues with the pregnancy due to the bumpy ride of the boat.

Delays: It’s possible at any time of the year that a trip can be delayed
Dec – Apr: Is the most common time for this to happen.
Check FAQ/summertime

Low season Sep – Nov:
On rare occasions in the low season we may delay a trip one or two days if there are not enough people booked.

Random events:
Sometimes in Panama, Colombia or in San Blas there are events (like a strike) that can stop everything. In this case there’s nothing we can do but wait.
Refunds due to delays:
If a trip is delayed for any reason and you are no longer able to make the trip we can refund your deposit.

Flights:
We suggest you leave a few days leeway in your travel plans and particularly if booking flights after the trip. This way you’ll be relaxed if something happens out of the ordinary.
If you do have a flight booked directly after the trip understand that there is always some risk you might not make it. Of course if you let us know we will do everything we can to help you get you to your flight on time.

IF YOU WISH TO CANCEL YOUR SPOT ON A TRIP SCHEDULED:
If you cancel you may be eligible for a refund depending on how many days before the trip you cancel:

  • More than 30 days : FULL REFUND (less20$ for admin fees)
  • 8 – 30 Days (DAYS INCLUDED): 50% REFUND (less 20$ for admin fees
  • *7 Days or less : NO REFUND

If your deposit had been paid via Paypal, we will have to charge 7% for refund fees.
*We will not refund any deposit amount if you have cancelled less than 7 days before your scheduled departure.
Refunds will be done with through our online booking system.

 

IF WE CANCEL OR DELAY A TRIP :
We only cancel a trip if there is a severe weather warning or if the Marin office does not give us clearance to travel.
On rare occasions we may delay the trip a day or so if we don’t have enough people to run the trip or if for some unforeseen reason we cannot leave on the day scheduled.
If our trip cannot proceed on the scheduled departure date, we will reschedule in the next day/s. In that case we will let you know sending an email explaining the delay.
We will issue a full refund (less 7% booking fee) if we cancel the full trip.
If we cancel the full trip, you can also join the next departure if there is an available seat and if that works for you.

Note: By Booking the trip you accepted our FAQ, the terms & conditions and liability & release

Rebooking/changing date:
Bookings are transferable to another date or direction free of charge (1 time) if we are notified at least 10 days before departure *subject to availability.

Note: Rebooking on any trips suspended due to COVID-19 are free of charge and without a time stamp (you can rebook for ANY future trip date)
– 1st rebooking more than 10 days before the trip = Free
– 2nd rebooking, and any rebooking after = $20 per person in the booking.
– 3-10 days before the trip = fee of $20 per person in the booking
– 1-2 days before the trip = Fee of $40 per person in the booking.

*This doesn’t apply for health, or other emergencies with proof. In that case send us an email with the document showing why you had to rebook.

You are responsible for and must take care of your own property.
In the transport before and after the trip:
Take care of your personal stuff during the transport before and after the trip, make sure you don’t forget anything inside the vans, buses or jeep you travel with. If you forget something it will be lost and almost impossible to get it back.

On the islands:
Every time before leaving an island, getting on, or off the boat, make sure you have all your stuff packed and don’t forget anything on the islands, phone, towel, sunglasses,… You will almost definitely never go back! and you’ll probably never get back what have left behind.

Your responsibility:
We can not be responsible for your personal items left behind, missing, lost or damaged. The best is to take care of your stuff.
NOTE : Remember that you will be traveling in remote islands. We strongly recommend you to get a travel-insurance policy which covers your personal items lost, damaged or stolen.

Third party transport:
Although we help you organize transportation from Cartagena to Necocli, or from Panama city to Carti, Carti to Panama City, all vans hostels, and boats are not a part of San Blas Adventures or our services. We do our best to choose the most professional, organized and punctual providers. If some part of the trip does not go as planned, please be patient. you can call your guide with any problems during the travel.

Our trip
Remember our trip is a speed boat island hopping trip starting in Sapzurro and ending in Carti or vice versa. All transport outside of this trip is 3rd party and not part of our tour.

Why 3rd party transport is not included:
There are many reasons why we do not include transport before and after the trip. 
1: To give guests flexibility in their travel plans before and after the trip.
2:Running our tour in this remote part of the world is a logistical monster. It’s more than enough for us to run and be responsible for.
3: We cannot control the transport provided. We really have minimal control over the quality of the service and the actions of the providers. They are the way they are.
4: Our boat transport is run by Kuna and they have limits to where they can take their boats. That’s why the tour starts in Sapzurro and not in Capurgana.
Just like before a flight your taxi is not included to the airport.
We help by giving information and helping to organize transport before and after the trip however these extra services are not part of our tour and ultimately they are your responsibility.
Not always perfect:
We do our best to work with the most professional providers available to us, however the fact is that in this part of the world even that best could be well below what you might find in a 1st world country.
On rare occasions these third party services may:
be late – unorganized – drive too fast – drive too slow – have a car that’s not in the condition you’re used to – be unfriendly – make you wait somewhere or pick people up you think shouldn’t be in the car… Maybe even a chicken if you’re lucky!
That’s life in this part of the world.
Complaints about 3rd party transport:
Please do not complain about the third party transport or let it bring you or others down if your experience is not perfect. You have to understand that there is NOTHING WE CAN DO. That’s why we let you know here about all the things that can happen. In saying that it doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely have a bad experience. 95% of the time it’s fine. Obviously if something extreme happens then we want to know. However, ultimately complaints should be taken up directly with the provider in question.
Only bring good energy on our trip please!

Extra service from us & not mandatory:
The transport we help organise before and after the trip is totally not our transport and organising it is an extra we do to help make things easy for you. You’re completely welcome to organise your own transport and make your own way to the start point of our trip.

Personal belongings:
We can not be held responsible for any property loss or damage during these travel with 3rd party providers. However, in the case something does happen, we will communicate with the transport provider and do our best to assist you.

Price changes:
We do our best to keep our information up to date but 3rd party providers can change their prices from day to day. All prices are subject to last minute changes and our information may not be 100% up to date. If you see our information is not up to date please let us know.

All travelers must have their own health Insurance.
Having personal insurance is not a mandatory requirement, but we strongly recommend you have a personal insurance policy to protect you.
We are an adventure company traveling in a very remote area.
We do as much as we can to avoid accidents. Our crew are trained to respond in emergency situations and look out for dangers but no matter how much we take care accidents can happen in this environment. It is still up to our travelers to exercise caution and avoid mishaps.
While it is not mandatory, we strongly recommend all travelers have their own Travel & health Insurance.
Remember that you will be traveling in remote islands. We recommend travel-insurance policy that covers loss/damage/theft of personal belongings and medical insurance that covers travel and water sports. We cannot be responsible for such incidents on the trip.
Note: By booking you accept our terms and conditions and liability release

Life jackets:
Will be provided and it’s important that you wear them at all time while on the boat.

Safety in the water:
Stay in a depth and distance from the island you are totally comfortable with. Only go snorkeling with at least one other person. No swimming at night. At night you can get in the water close to the island but not swim around off the shore.

What happens in an emergency?
Some of the village islands throughout San Blas have clinics with doctors trained in western medicine. Most issues can be dealt with at these clinics. In worse cases we would have to make every effort to get an injured person to Panama City.

Allergies:
If you know you allergic to something and could need an epi pen, please make sure you have it with you!!! This could save your life.

(CNN) – There was a time when few travelers visited Colombia, when the country was synonymous with drug lords, when the only English you heard on the streets was spoken by American Marines.
That Colombia — a country of conflict and cartels — has largely disappeared, replaced by a rejuvenated capital of Bogota and a resilient culture that refuses to be bogged down by the dark days.
Premonitions and stereotypes should be swept aside before visiting this South American country of spectacular scenery. Today’s Colombia is much more than the ugly Escobar legacy or its famed Andean coffee — though a cup of café will most certainly reach your hands during a trip!

  • Medellin is the world’s most innovative city, officially
  • Drug culture stereotypes are false and offensive
  • Bogota must be seen from Monserrate
  • Security has dramatically improved
  • Cali is Salsa City
  • Capurgana, Sapzurro best kept secrets villages!!
  • Link to the blog: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/24/travel/colombia-10-things/

MARCH/APRIL – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Typically known as the rainy season, this is actually a very comfortable time of year to travel in San Blas. The seas are calm and when it rains, it usually only lasts a short time and we almost always have some sunshine.
Our trip depends on the weather so keep in mind that the itinerary can change at any time.

DECEMBER – MARCH/APRIL
For these months there is almost always a strong wind blowing from the North-East. In general the sea is rougher and sometimes we may have to delay.
On the upside, it is the Caribbean summer and because we travel along the coast a lot of our trip is sheltered by islands and reefs.
Read more about our Summer Time & High season

Remember: We can’t control the weather, but we can control our attitude!

Please read carefully through our FAQ page and our Summertime segment. Please don’t book any flights for after the trip (December to April) before reading our summertime segment & FAQ page. We recommend to allow 4-5 days after the expected trip end date for scheduling flights or commitments.
Summertime… and the livin’ is breezy!

“Summer” in San Blas is from December to April and means blue skies, hot days and strong winds. Due to weather conditions at this time of year there are a few things we do differently that you need to take into consideration before booking with us.

Weather: During these months there is a strong wind that comes almost constantly from the north-east. This means that the sea can be rough, sometimes too rough to travel in. For the same reason, at this time of year, few sailboats travel to Cartagena as the open ocean stretch can be too rough, particularly outside Cartagena. Our trip is along the coast, mostly within the protection of islands and reefs, however there are sections where we are exposed to rough seas. We operate at this time of year with extreme caution. Safety always comes first and it’s possible we may delay or cancel a trip, before or during the trip. We will always keep you up to date and informed on sea conditions and possibility of delays or cancelation.

Differences to be aware of:
Voyages: Due to the winds our travel times can take longer and you’ll get wet.

Delays and flights:
It’s important that you do not have a flight or anything pressing at the other end. The trip could be delayed before it begins or we may have to wait a day or more on one of the islands to let weather pass (this can be a great extra experience, if you’re not in a rush, more time on the islands!). The longest we’ve been delayed in the past is 4 days. Deposit is refundable in the case of delay.
Extra costs: if we do get stuck on the islands there will be an extra cost of $30 USD a day for food and accommodation. We suggest you bring an extra of around $150 USD more than the suggested amount, for this time of the year.
* this is to be calculated on top of they normal $50 – 150 USD normally recommended for spending on the islands. 
Total recommended to bring: $200 -300 USD

Book early: Being high season and windy season together there are many travelers and few boats so get in sooner rather than later!
To give you an idea of the frequency of delays, in general we are delayed 2 – 6 times throughout the entire high season and delays in the past have been anywhere from 1-4 days.

Cancellation: (This is extremely rare, however we have to have a policy)
If the trip is cancelled due to weather before the trip we will refund your deposit.
In the very unlikely event that the trip is cancelled during the trip and we have to return we will refund $80 per day for the days of the trip remaining and provide transport back to the start point.

Once the trip has started there are NO REFUNDS
If you decide to cancel/leave the trip, during the trip, because of a delay or any other reason there is no refund and you will need to pay for boat transport back to the start/end point.
We will warn you before the trip of the likelihood of delay. If you’re worried about a flight after the trip it’s better to cancel and take another transportation.
You should be able to find all the answers at your questions above, however: If you do have a question that is not already answered here then you can send an email to info@sanblasdreams.com or or write to us on our whatsapp.
Colombia to Panama

​To make a reservation we take a deposit of $50 USD per person through our online booking system.
Check out our departure dates: click here
BY BOOKING THIS TOUR, YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND, ACCEPT AND AGREE OUR FAQ, TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND OUR LIABILITY RELEASE.

Our relationship and your experience
After many years of operating in San Blas we have developed very close relationships with the local indigenous community, the Kuna. Being able to share this experience with you, and share you with them, is an integral part of our trip and what really sets us apart.
Throughout the trip you will be meeting locals who work with us, communities that we work closely with, and villages where we buy supplies like fish/seafood, rums, & ice, etc. We highly respect the communities in our route and we plan our trips in a way that we don’t exhaust the villages with our visit.
Most of our crew are from these villages and we are welcome there.
As an individual you are welcome to go around villages to talk with and meet the locals.

Photos:
Photos are a big deal in Kuna Yala, some will ask you 1$ for taking a photo of them, some will completely refuse. In all cases you will need to start a conversation with them first and then ask for a photo.
Kunas children will go after your camera and make your photography a dream! However, you will still need to ask their permission and if their mother or father is around, you will need to ask permission from them.

Coconuts:
The San Blas islands are coconut plantations planted by the Kuna. Every coconut, no matter where you find it, has an owner whom you need to find and pay before going crazy banging it on rocks and whatever you can find to try and get it open. Kunas have machetes and they will open it for you.

Village Rules:
Always wear a shirt in villages,
Ask before taking pictures. Sometimes the Kuna may charge you 1$ for picture.
Please don’t offer alcohol to the Kuna, particularly rum, the results are not fun for anyone!
You can bring things for the Kuna kids. Some suggestions are: books, pens, volleyball, basketball, football, any game…. It’s better to give these kinds of things than sweets.

Watching where your money goes is very important!
Come with us and support the local families. Ethical travel doesn’t mean we want tourists to stop having fun, we just want them to think about how they’re spending their time and money.
Be a conscious traveler, with an awareness of the place you’re going and whether or not the money you spend benefits the economy of the local hosts.
We work very closely with the Kuna on all aspects of the trip and most of the money from your fare stays in San Blas, distributed among the local people we work with and the different communities we visit along the way.

We travel between Sapzurro/Capurgana in Colombia and Carti in Panama. This is literally from one end of the San Blas Islands to the other.
We are THE ONLY tour that takes you through the full archipelago of San Blas. Passing through all 365 islands.

NO OCEAN CROSSING: 
Traveling this way you’re always in sight of the coastline, weaving through paradise islands and indigenous villages.

COLOMBIAN HIGHLIGHTS:
Visit Sapzurro, Capurgana & La Miel on your way. Some of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean.

MEET PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
We encourage a wide mix of ages within the group, from old time adventurers to short break professionals to first time travelers.
Every combination of people makes a unique, one off, atmosphere onboard. There is no upper age limit. All you need is a normal physical condition to get on and off the boat, and an adventurous team spirit!

Depending on the season, our trips leave from 5 up to 27 crew not included.
All meals are included
from lunch the first day to lunch the last day of the journey. 10 meals in total.
Snacks are not included.
Dietary requirements: Please inform us of any dietary requirements. If you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies etc.
Our menu is based on traditional caribbean cooking with a gringo touch, using fresh seafood, lobsters when available, chicken, vegetables, fruits, rice… The seafood in San Blas is first class and we serve lots of it!
We buy our fish directly from the fisherman on some islands or the locals prepare delicious meals for us. We stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables,vegetarians and vegans will enjoy healthy dishes. The crew usually serves fruits between the meals or after the meals.
We are proud of our food, our teams and the Kunas cook with passion. Sometimes we do not cook per plate but in one big batch caribbean style so it will be hard to separate ingredients just to cater for those who do not like garlic or onions etc. Remember that you are on remote islands! You may have to make a small exception sometimes.
We always work to improve and do our best to satisfy our guests!
DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED
Water: We recommend around 1 gallon per person before the trip as you can also buy water on some of the islands.
Cold beers, sodas and coconuts: can be purchased from most of the islands during the trip with a cost of $1-2 depending on the island.
Rum: A popular drink among guests, should be bought before the trip as it is usually not available on the islands.
NO. We take care of your stamp in or out of Panama and your entrance fees for each island. On the Colombian side stamping in is free* and is done in Capurgana. But you will have to pay 20$ on the way from Panama City to Carti our departure point for Kuna Yala Entrance fee.
NO. We take care of your stamp in or out of Panama and your entrance fees for each island. On the Colombian side stamping in is free* and is done in Capurgana. But you will have to pay 20$ on the way from Panama City to Carti our departure point for Kuna Yala Entrance fee.
Our trip starts in Sapzurro – Colombia, near La Miel and Capurgana. These are some of the most beautiful, off the beaten track bays you will ever see.
White sand beaches backed by untouched jungle, vibrant Caribbean villages in bays you can walk between. NO ROADS! Just horse and cart transport, waterfalls, hikes, a natural Jacuzzi, and some of Colombia’s best diving. There IS a danger though… you may want to stay!
The trip ends in Carti, Tupile – Panama
at the very end of San Blas on the Panamanian side. From there you can stay in San Blas or take a jeep to Panama City. We will have the jeep organized to be there to pick the group up, however, this is not our company and it’s not included in our trip price. Jeep cost is $30 USD per person.
You can stay in San Blas after the trip. In this case we will need to know in advance not to book your jeep to the city.
Note: There are no hotels or accommodation next to the dock where we arrive in Carti, Tupile. If you decide to stay after the trip you will have to organize your own transport to another island and book your own accommodation.

The jeeps are run by a third party company, we are not responsible for this part of the journey and it’s not included in our trip price.

Coming back with us
If you’d like to do the trip twice with us to return to Colombia we offer a $50 discount the second time you take the trip.

Flying:
Panama City to Cartagena Medellin or Bogota: Compare prices and book your flight in advance with vivacolombia, avianca and copa.
Panama city to Capurgana/Puerto Obaldia: Book flights with Air Panama to Puerto Obaldia, and take a local boat to Capurgana.

You can get to the start point of Capurgana/Sapzurro from Cartagena or Medellin. This journey is one and a bit days through beautiful Colombian scenery. Both ways you will take a bus or buses/vans to Necocli and a boat from Necocli to Capurgana. The boat from Necocli always leaves in the morning so you can either stay one night in Necocli or take the overnight bus from Cartagena or Medellin.

FROM CARTAGENA:
There are 2 options to travel from Cartagena. You can either travel there on your own or take a group transport that leaves 2 days before the departure date.

TRAVELING ON YOUR OWN
Total cost of all transport and accommodation from Cartagena to Capurgana/Sapzurro is around 270,000 pesos (Approximately $90 USD) – all transport services to Capurganá need to be paid in Colombian Pesos.

Cartagena travel breakdown 
DAY 1
-Take a taxi to the terminal
-Approx. cost of 15.000 pesos
-Terminal to Monteria
-Approx. cost of 65,000 per person – around a 5 hour ride
-Take a van from Monteria to Necocli
-Approx cost of 40,000 per person – around a 3 hour ride
-Accommodation in Necocli
-30,000 pesos at Hotel Panorama.
-Hotel Panorama: hotelpanoramanecocli@gmail.com
-(+57) 313 792 8360 – (+57) 310 358 6312 – (+57) 315 687 4284
-Book your boat to Capurgana: This can be done either at Caribe’s office the day before, or the morning of departure. We recommend booking the day before to ensure your place.
-More details for the boat can be found here – https://maritimaelcaribe.com

All transport prices are approximate and subject to negotiation
DAY 2
-Take a boat from Necocli to Capurgana
-The boat leaves at 8:00am (7am on Sunday). It takes around 1.5 hours. The cost is 85,000 per person

Bags Weight fee: 
-Up to 10 kg allowed for free, extra kg for 2,800 COP per bag
-Make sure your bags are protected by bin liners (plastic bags). These can be brought before loading the boat for around 2,000 pesos per bag. Have sun block ready and water protection ready for yourself.
-Meeting with guide and group
-Starts at 12:00 midday the day before the trip departs
-Stamp out of Colombia at the immigration office in Capurgana
-Take a boat to Sapzurro
-This ride takes around 10 – 15 minutes and the cost is 22.000 COP (includes a 2.000 COP dock fee)
-Get settled in accommodation in Sapzurro
-The group usually stays in Dona Triny hostel together. Cost of a dorm room is 30.000 to 35.000 COP. For privates you can contact the hostel directly at https://hoteltriny.com/
-Travel group from Cartagena:
-We help organize a travel group from Cartagena, departing 2 days before the trip. In this case we help by calling an organized transport to get you to Necocli, however this is third party shared transport and we are not responsible for this part of the journey. Our trip starts when you get on our boat in Sapzurro and ends in Carti. approx. cost is 245,000 COP ($82 USD) including all transport services and accommodation until the night before the trip in Sapzurro. Each service needs to be paid in Colombian Pesos to the service provider.
Please let us know if you want to travel with the group transport at least 2 days before it is scheduled to leave.

NOTE: the cost of this trip to Capurgana may change due to providers’ policy and money exchange rates.

Traveling by Night from Cartagena
This journey is in 2 parts. First you’ll take a bus from Cartagena to Monteria, second a van from Monteria to Necocli. Remember, the boat from Necocli leaves at 8am (7am on Sundays).

The last bus from Cartagena to Monteria is around 7:00 pm.
Once in Monteria, you need to take a van, not a bus. Take the first one available. At the very latest you need to leave Monteria by 3-4 am.
You MUST get a Van (not a bus) from Monteria to Necocli in order to get to the boat on time.

FROM MEDELLIN
There are two ways to get to Capurgana from Medellin
NUMBER 1:
-Take the bus 2 days before the trip. Stay the night in Necocli then take the ferry from -Necocli to Capurgana in the morning.
-Accommodation in Necocli is 30,000 pesos at Hotel Panorama.
-You can book and pay for your boat to Capurgana at the reception.
-You can also do an overnight bus from Medellin to Necocli and go directly to the ferry. To do this you should leave Medellin by 7pm.
-The boat leaves from Necocli to Capurgana every morning at 8:00am (7am on Sundays).
-Try to book your ticket as early as possible and get a seat at the back.
-Protect your things with bin liners and have your sunscreen handy.
-Stamp out of Colombia in Capurgana
-Important: only stamp out on the day before the trip Then take a boat from Capurgana to -Sapzurro (22.000 pesos inc. dock fee, or $7 USD)
-Accommodation on the night before the trip
-The group usually stays together at Dona Triny hostel
-Cost is 30.000– 35.000 COP
Total cost around $232.000 pesos (Approximately $77 USD)

NUMBER 2:
-Fly to Acandi or Capurgana
-cost about $70-150 USD.
-For flights check www.pacificatravel.com.co
-Take a boat from Acandi to Capurgana
-Cost is approx. 25,000 pesos
-Boat from Capurgana to Sapzurro
-10 – 15 min boat ride
Cost is around 22.000 (includes 2.000 COP dock fee)
-Accommodation in Sapzurro

Traveling by night from Medellin:
Take a bus from the North terminal in Medellin. To arrive on time you should leave Medellin at 7pm at the latest. Bus ride is around 10-12 hours.

From Bogota
To make this journey you have several options.

FLY OR BUS TO MEDELLIN
From there, follow our instructions in the Medellin travel section
FLY OR BUS TO CARTAGENA: 
From there, follow our instructions in the Cartagena travel section
FLY OR BUS TO MONTERIA: 
From there, follow our instructions in the second half of the Cartagena travel section
FLY OR BUS TO APARTADO: 
From Apartado you are 40 mins from Turbo and 1..5 hours from Necocli. We recommend making your way to Necocli, staying the night then taking the boat from Necocli to Capurgana in the morning. Remember the boat leaves once per day at 8am.
For flights check Pacifica, Satena, Latam, Viva Colombia, Avianca.

SEND US AN EMAIL AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE TRIP, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE ORGANIZED TRANSPORT FROM CARTAGENA
We help organize a travel group leaving from Cartagena 2 days before the trip
Approximate cost: 245,000 pesos.
This includes all transportation and accommodation before the trip from Capurgana to Sapzurro. (Does not include food or drinks)
Payments are made to individual providers along the way. Although we organize the transport etc we are dealing with third party providers, and as such we prefer not to take payment directly from our guests for this
For a breakdown of costs, please read our FAQ section: How do I get to Capurgana/Sapzurro ?
Note: all transport services to Capurganá need to be paid in Colombian Pesos.

WHERE DO WE MEET?
You need to be ready to go at 8AM at the bus terminal TWO DAYS BEFORE the trip. You will receive by whatsapp more informations from our team about the exact meeting point.
One of our representatives will be there to help you get started!

NOTE : Although we help organize the group transport, it is through third party providers and is NOT included in our price. We are in no way responsible for this part of the journey, though of course we will be available for support throughout.

San Blas Adventures trip starts when you get on the boat in Sapzurro and ends in when you arrive in Carti.
Note: Costs may change due to provider’s policy and money exchange rates.

If you’d like to experience this amazing adventure through San Blas, visit the border towns where we finish and come back again, there is a couple of ways!
Necocli is the last place you’ll see an ATM and cars until the end of the trip!

This is the town where you will take the ferry to Capurgana.
If not traveling with the group we recommend you to stay at Hotel Panorama one block from the dock in Necocli.
You will need to book your seat for the ferry to Capurgana for the next morning. You can do this directly with Caribe S.A.S. If you are traveling overnight and get to Necocli early in the morning, go directly to the agency in front of the dock to reserve your seat.

Note: Ferry leaves at 8am everyday and only once per day so don’t miss it.

If you travel overnight then make 100% sure that the transport will bring you there at least 2 hours before the boat leaves.
IF YOU MISS THE BOAT AT 8AM THE DAY BEFORE THE TRIP YOU’LL MISS THE TRIP. IN THAT CASE YOUR DEPOSIT IS NOT REFUNDABLE.

Necocli history:
Necoclí is a town in the department of Antioquia, Colombia. It was originally founded as a Spanish city called San Sebastián de Buena Vista. It’s one of Colombia’s oldest towns, founded in 1509.
It’s a small peaceful town on the coast, a nice place to relax, order fresh fish for dinner by the beach and recharge your batteries before the trip to come.

Coming back with us
If you’d like to do the trip twice with us to return to Panama, we offer a $50 discount the second time you take the trip.

By plane
A short boat ride from Capurgana to Puerto Obaldia and a flight to Panama City and you’re back in Panama for around $120 USD.

You must be in Capurgana the day before the trip. That means leaving Cartagena, Medellin, or any other town/city 2 days before the trip departure.
The meeting is at 12:00pm midday the day before the trip departs at our San Blas Adventures information point by the dock in Capurgana.
This meeting is really important so please be there. If you are coming from Necocli and your boat is late, don’t worry, we’ll wait for you.
This meeting is made for you to get a full briefing from the guide in order to be fully prepared for your departure the next day, and get to know the other people of the group. Also after the briefing the remaining balance should be paid and $30 USD for the shared 4×4 car from Carti to Panama city.

WHAT IF I MISS THE MEETING?
Read our FAQ twice! There is all the information you need to be totally prepared for the trip. In that case you will pay the remaining balance before the trip in the morning of the departure to your guide.

It’s very important you follow these suggestions to prepare and protect your belongings during the trip.

SEPARATE YOUR THINGS. Put what you will use for the trip in your small bag. This is the bag you will keep with you for the trip. Your big bag with everything you don’t need for the trip will be stored and may be carried separately. You will not have access to it for the entire trip until the end. Think carefully about what you need to bring.
For your electronics and important documents you MUST seal them in sealed plastic bags then tape them up so they are 100% WATERPROOF. In the unlikely event of water entering your bag we cannot be held responsible for damage to electronic equipment or personal items.
Do this the night before. That way when we get to the boat we can store the bags and supplies straight away and vamos as soon as possible.Passport: We suggest storing it in a sealed plastic bag (ziplock) and carry it in your hand bag or small bag.Some ideas for packing:

  • Change of Clothes
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Camera (fully charged)
  • Warm clothes or a sheet to sleep in. Can be chilly in a hammock.
  • A warm jumper/sweater/light jacket.
  • Some dollars to buy drinks, coconuts, kuna art, etc.
  • Sun Block/after sun.
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • 3 copies of your passport
  • Toilet paper
  • Cigarettes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Good spirit – and some good spirits!!

NOTE :Remember that you will be traveling on a boat with a good probability of getting water splash in the boat. We strongly recommend you get a travel-insurance policy which covers you for loss or damage to your personal belongings, as we cannot be responsible for them.

There are often no plugs or electricity on the Islands. Sometimes you will be able to charge batteries on some of the nights if you are lucky and find a solar panel with a plug!

We recommend that you fully charge your batteries the night before the trip.
Remember to pack a Flashlight or Head-torch.

Money Preparation:
There are no cash machines after Necocli until Panama City. None in Capurgana, Sapzurro, San Blas, or Carti. Plan ahead and take enough money out before the trip.
Make sure you change pesos to dollars in a major city before the trip (for the best exchange rate). The remaining balance is paid in US dollars. It is possible to exchange in Capurgana, but this should be a last resort.

How much money do I need?:
BEFORE TRIP ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORT TRAVELING TO SAPZURRO
Around 260.000 COP (Approx. $90 USD) This is not part of our tour, it’s just to give you an idea of around how much money to to bring with you for traveling.
TRIP BALANCE
Trip price minus your reservation deposit
AFTER TRIP
$30 Shared 4×4 car from Carti to Panama City Downtown
SUGGESTED EXTRA MONEY
Around $50 – $150 for the islands (Drinks and coconuts in San Blas are $1-$2 USD and Guna art & jewellery are sold between $5-$30 USD)
Around 150.000 COP (approx $50 USD) for meals and purchases while in Colombia.
If you plan to stay in Capurgana a few days before the trip you should bring extra cash for this time. It’s always better to bring more rather than less as there are no cash machines.

Where can I get dollars in Colombia?
Cartagena
Next to the Clock tower or at any Western Union. Most exchange houses and Western Union will have dollars to exchange.
Medellin
You can find a “casa de cambio” Poblado at: Cra. 40 #1019. Or in the malls Oviedo or Santa Fe.
Necocli or Capurgana
You can also exchange in Necocli or Capurgana, as a last resort. The rate you will get in these places is generally much less than in a “casa de cambio” in the City.
Why is the remaining balance paid in cash?
This adventure is run through a very remote part of the world. Part of what sets us aside from other routes & tours through San Blas is how closely we work with the communities and how much of our tour is provided by the locals, including our crew, boats, accommodation, food, and the beautiful places we spend time at each day. It is necessary for us to receive balances after the deposit in cash in order to pay for each service provided by the Kuna.

Online booking:
We require $50 U.S.D deposit to confirm your reservation. This is payable through our online booking system at
https://www.sanblasdreams.com/boat-panamacolombiapanama.html

Your remaining balance is due before the trip in cash in dollars. WHY?
Our trip is through a very remote part of the world. Part of what sets us aside from other routes & tours through San Blas is how closely we work with the communities and how much of our adventure is provided by the locals including our crew, boats, accommodation, food, and the beautiful places we spend time at each day. It is necessary for us to receive balances after deposit in cash in order to pay for each service provided by the Kuna.

Prepare for no cash machines:
Remember, there are NO CASH MACHINES, NO BANKS & NO ATM´s between Necocli and Panama city, in San Blas, Capurgana & Sapzurro
We suggest taking money out a few days before the trip to avoid last minute problems.
Our trip is all inclusive, except for drinks. How much money you need will depend on how much you drink and if you buy extras like Kuna art!

Baggage allowance
Each guest has a baggage allowance of one large backpack/Suitcase (up to 150 L) and one small carry on bag (up to 60 L)

Extra: If you would like to take something extra please check with us before booking to confirm that we have space.

Costs:
Extra backpack $30
Surfboard $30
Kite board $30
Bicycle $100
Note: The extra charge covers the extra weight on the boat and does not cover damages. You should take care of your gear on the boat. If something breaks it’s your responsibility.

Surfboards: We suggest you sit at the front of the boat and watch your board. Take charge of taking the board on and off the boat yourself and storing it somewhere it won’t get damaged for the night.

STAMPING OUT OF PANAMA:
We do this on the last day of the trip and all costs are covered by us. This can be a lengthy process depending on group size etc. We will do our best to speed it up, but please have patience! You will need 3 copies of your passport.

STAMPING INTO COLOMBIA:
You will do this in the immigration office on the main street of Capurgana on the last day of the trip. It is totally free and easy.

PASSPORT:
You will need your passport on you on the first morning of the trip in the jeep to show as you enter San Blas. And on the last day of the trip to stamp out of Panama.

YELLOW FEVER VACCINE:
Colombia requires the Yellow fever vaccine to enter the country. If you have a yellow fever vaccine card, please make sure to bring it with you. If you don’t have it yet, we recommend getting the shot before getting to Panama Republic. If you cannot get the vaccine in time don’t panic, you’ll still be able to cross the border. Just let your guide know at the briefing and they will give you the latest information

Be 100% sure you have NO DRUGS with you on the trip. At some point the authorities may check all your luggage, in which case they will find whatever you have and you will go to jail for a very long time, like 10 years! Not fun. Rum on the other hand is legal and lots of fun!

** The army will check all your luggage at the Panamanian immigration – Be 100% sure you don’t have any drugs, they will find it and you will go to jail for 10+ years**

Avoid drinking too much alcohol! Of course you will want to enjoy a few beers and sample some of the local rum around the fire at night, however don’t make yourself a liability. Nobody wants to have to look after the drunk guy. Tropical hangovers are a nightmare and you don’t want to miss out on the day activities if you are trying to recover from the night before! Also, if you hurt yourself you’re a long way from the nearest hospital and there are no ambulances. (there are some clinics in some villages)

Drinking in the indigenous villages is not permitted by the Kuna laws, for that we have our private social areas to socialize and have a drink all together!

Be understanding and respectful of others:
In a San blas adventures group most of the people are well traveled, well mannered and well informed. It is a holiday break so they are allowed to party and socialize.. if you want to join – you can, if not then there is plenty of space to chill, explore or enjoy the islands your way.

As a free flowing trip, we want people to enjoy themselves but we are not shy to let you know if you get a little too excited with the drinks. There’s generally a good sociable atmosphere when travelers get together on a boat roaming paradise islands and we encourage people to enjoy the trip their way as long as they respect other people who want to do other things too. It’s also important to respect the kuna people leaving on the islands and the ones working with us or part of the crew. We want our groups to be socially aware, respect each other, the crew and the locals.

Kuna and alcohol:
Unfortunately we have to keep mentioning this and double reinforcing its importance. DO NOT GIVE KUNA ALCOHOL Kuna are an indigenous people and like many asians they don’t have the enzymes to digest and filter alcohol properly. What seems funny can quickly turn into a really annoying or potentially dangerous situation. It’s not safe to be completely intoxicated on a small island. Please be respectful of this!

Each night you will have the luxury of sleeping on a new island!
Since each day will be on a new island, you’ll get to experience sleeping in a mixture of cabana beach islands and Kuna village islands. Some are on their own private island, within a traditional village or on a secluded beach.

Hammocks/beds
Accommodations are provided by the Kuna people and generally consist of dorm style rooms with hammocks. Some islands have some beds available.

Couples
Where possible we give couples a room of their own, and the opportunity to sleep together, however sometimes due to availability you may have to be in a shared room with other guests.

Bugs
The islands we stay on are mostly bug free but it’s always a good idea to bring some repellent anyway. In the rainy season there may be sandflies on some of the islands. We recommend some kind of oil, like baby oil or coconut oil, as the best defence against sandflies and no-seeums (chitras).

There will be no sleeping on board as we are a speedboat.
We recommend that you bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
Keep in mind: This is an adventure!! Amenities are rustic with a charm

Toilet: There is no toilet on the boat
Depending on the islands, we have a mix of plumbing toilets and indigenous Kuna toilet, they are rustic toilets build above the sea, you will have the experience of a lifetime using this ancestral way to do your necessities! We advise you not to throw toilet paper in the sea but to put it in the trash.

Showers:
There are fresh water showers on the islands. Water either comes from a well or water drums filled from a river on the mainland.

No toilet or shower!
Some islands we stop at during the day have no toilet, shower or running water.. Just coconut trees. You might have to improvise…

Bicycles
Before booking check with us that we have space to take a bike on the trip date you want to travel.
Cost: $100

Motorbike
Sorry, we cannot take motorbikes.

We do Not bring pregnant women on our trip for the simple reason to avoid issues with the pregnancy due to the bumpy ride of the boat.

Delays: It’s possible at any time of the year that a trip can be delayed
Dec – Apr: Is the most common time for this to happen.
Check FAQ/summertime

Low season Sep – Nov:
On rare occasions in the low season we may delay a trip one or two days if there are not enough people booked.

Random events:
Sometimes in Panama, Colombia or in San Blas there are events (like a strike) that can stop everything. In this case there’s nothing we can do but wait.
Refunds due to delays:
If a trip is delayed for any reason and you are no longer able to make the trip we can refund your deposit.

Flights:
We suggest you leave a few days leeway in your travel plans and particularly if booking flights after the trip. This way you’ll be relaxed if something happens out of the ordinary.
If you do have a flight booked directly after the trip understand that there is always some risk you might not make it. Of course if you let us know we will do everything we can to help you get you to your flight on time.

Rebooking/changing date:
Bookings are transferable to another date or direction free of charge (1 time) if we are notified at least 10 days before departure *subject to availability.

Note: Rebooking on any trips suspended due to COVID-19 are free of charge and without a time stamp (you can rebook for ANY future trip date)
– 1st rebooking more than 10 days before the trip = Free
– 2nd rebooking, and any rebooking after = $20 per person in the booking.
– 3-10 days before the trip = fee of $20 per person in the booking
– 1-2 days before the trip = Fee of $40 per person in the booking.

*This doesn’t apply for health, or other emergencies with proof. In that case send us an email with the document showing why you had to rebook.

IF YOU WISH TO CANCEL YOUR SPOT ON A TRIP SCHEDULED:
If you cancel you may be eligible for a refund depending on how many days before the trip you cancel:

  • More than 30 days : FULL REFUND (less20$ for admin fees)
  • 8 – 30 Days (DAYS INCLUDED): 50% REFUND (less 20$ for admin fees
  • *7 Days or less : NO REFUND

If your deposit had been paid via Paypal, we will have to charge 7% for refund fees.
*We will not refund any deposit amount if you have cancelled less than 7 days before your scheduled departure.
Refunds will be done with through our online booking system.

IF WE CANCEL OR DELAY A TRIP :
We only cancel a trip if there is a severe weather warning or if the Marin office does not give us clearance to travel.
On rare occasions we may delay the trip a day or so if we don’t have enough people to run the trip or if for some unforeseen reason we cannot leave on the day scheduled.
If our trip cannot proceed on the scheduled departure date, we will reschedule in the next day/s. In that case we will let you know sending an email explaining the delay.
We will issue a full refund (less 7% booking fee) if we cancel the full trip.
If we cancel the full trip, you can also join the next departure if there is an available seat and if that works for you.

Note: By Booking the trip you accepted our FAQ, the terms & conditions and liability & release

You are responsible for and must take care of your own property.
In the transport before and after the trip:
Take care of your personal stuff during the transport before and after the trip, make sure you don’t forget anything inside the vans, buses or jeep you travel with. If you forget something it will be lost and almost impossible to get it back.

On the islands:
Every time before leaving an island, getting on, or off the boat, make sure you have all your stuff packed and don’t forget anything on the islands, phone, towel, sunglasses,… You will almost definitely never go back! and you’ll probably never get back what have left behind.

Your responsibility:
We can not be responsible for your personal items left behind, missing, lost or damaged. The best is to take care of your stuff.
NOTE : Remember that you will be traveling in remote islands. We strongly recommend you to get a travel-insurance policy which covers your personal items lost, damaged or stolen.

Third party transport:
Although we help you organize transportation from Cartagena to Necocli, or from Panama city to Carti, Carti to Panama City, all vans hostels, and boats are not a part of San Blas Adventures or our services. We do our best to choose the most professional, organized and punctual providers. If some part of the trip does not go as planned, please be patient. you can call your guide with any problems during the travel.

Our trip
Remember our trip is a speed boat island hopping trip starting in Sapzurro and ending in Carti or vice versa. All transport outside of this trip is 3rd party and not part of our tour.

Why 3rd party transport is not included:
There are many reasons why we do not include transport before and after the trip. 
1: To give guests flexibility in their travel plans before and after the trip.
2:Running our tour in this remote part of the world is a logistical monster. It’s more than enough for us to run and be responsible for.
3: We cannot control the transport provided. We really have minimal control over the quality of the service and the actions of the providers. They are the way they are.
4: Our boat transport is run by Kuna and they have limits to where they can take their boats. That’s why the tour starts in Sapzurro and not in Capurgana.
Just like before a flight your taxi is not included to the airport.
We help by giving information and helping to organize transport before and after the trip however these extra services are not part of our tour and ultimately they are your responsibility.
Not always perfect:
We do our best to work with the most professional providers available to us, however the fact is that in this part of the world even that best could be well below what you might find in a 1st world country.
On rare occasions these third party services may:
be late – unorganized – drive too fast – drive too slow – have a car that’s not in the condition you’re used to – be unfriendly – make you wait somewhere or pick people up you think shouldn’t be in the car… Maybe even a chicken if you’re lucky!
That’s life in this part of the world.
Complaints about 3rd party transport:
Please do not complain about the third party transport or let it bring you or others down if your experience is not perfect. You have to understand that there is NOTHING WE CAN DO. That’s why we let you know here about all the things that can happen. In saying that it doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely have a bad experience. 95% of the time it’s fine. Obviously if something extreme happens then we want to know. However, ultimately complaints should be taken up directly with the provider in question.
Only bring good energy on our trip please!

Extra service from us & not mandatory:
The transport we help organise before and after the trip is totally not our transport and organising it is an extra we do to help make things easy for you. You’re completely welcome to organise your own transport and make your own way to the start point of our trip.

Personal belongings:
We can not be held responsible for any property loss or damage during these travel with 3rd party providers. However, in the case something does happen, we will communicate with the transport provider and do our best to assist you.

Price changes:
We do our best to keep our information up to date but 3rd party providers can change their prices from day to day. All prices are subject to last minute changes and our information may not be 100% up to date. If you see our information is not up to date please let us know.

All travelers must have their own health Insurance.
Having personal insurance is not a mandatory requirement, but we strongly recommend you have a personal insurance policy to protect you.
We are an adventure company traveling in a very remote area.
We do as much as we can to avoid accidents. Our crew are trained to respond in emergency situations and look out for dangers but no matter how much we take care accidents can happen in this environment. It is still up to our travelers to exercise caution and avoid mishaps.
While it is not mandatory, we strongly recommend all travelers have their own Travel & health Insurance.
Remember that you will be traveling in remote islands. We recommend travel-insurance policy that covers loss/damage/theft of personal belongings and medical insurance that covers travel and water sports. We cannot be responsible for such incidents on the trip.
Note: By booking you accept our terms and conditions and liability release

Life jackets:
Will be provided and it’s important that you wear them at all time while on the boat.

Safety in the water:
Stay in a depth and distance from the island you are totally comfortable with. Only go snorkeling with at least one other person. No swimming at night. At night you can get in the water close to the island but not swim around off the shore.

What happens in an emergency?
Some of the village islands throughout San Blas have clinics with doctors trained in western medicine. Most issues can be dealt with at these clinics. In worse cases we would have to make every effort to get an injured person to Panama City.

Allergies:
If you know you allergic to something and could need an epi pen, please make sure you have it with you!!! This could save your life.

MARCH/APRIL – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Typically known as the rainy season, this is actually a very comfortable time of year to travel in San Blas. The seas are calm and when it rains, it usually only lasts a short time and we almost always have some sunshine.
Our trip depends on the weather so keep in mind that the itinerary can change at any time.

DECEMBER – MARCH/APRIL
For these months there is almost always a strong wind blowing from the North-East. In general the sea is rougher and sometimes we may have to delay.
On the upside, it is the Caribbean summer and because we travel along the coast a lot of our trip is sheltered by islands and reefs.
Read more about our Summer Time & High season

Remember: We can’t control the weather, but we can control our attitude!

Please read carefully through our FAQ page and our Summertime segment. Please don’t book any flights for after the trip (December to April) before reading our summertime segment & FAQ page. We recommend to allow 4-5 days after the expected trip end date for scheduling flights or commitments.
Summertime… and the livin’ is breezy!

“Summer” in San Blas is from December to April and means blue skies, hot days and strong winds. Due to weather conditions at this time of year there are a few things we do differently that you need to take into consideration before booking with us.

Weather: During these months there is a strong wind that comes almost constantly from the north-east. This means that the sea can be rough, sometimes too rough to travel in. For the same reason, at this time of year, few sailboats travel to Cartagena as the open ocean stretch can be too rough, particularly outside Cartagena. Our trip is along the coast, mostly within the protection of islands and reefs, however there are sections where we are exposed to rough seas. We operate at this time of year with extreme caution. Safety always comes first and it’s possible we may delay or cancel a trip, before or during the trip. We will always keep you up to date and informed on sea conditions and possibility of delays or cancelation.

Differences to be aware of:
Voyages: Due to the winds our travel times can take longer and you’ll get wet.

Delays and flights:
It’s important that you do not have a flight or anything pressing at the other end. The trip could be delayed before it begins or we may have to wait a day or more on one of the islands to let weather pass (this can be a great extra experience, if you’re not in a rush, more time on the islands!). The longest we’ve been delayed in the past is 4 days. Deposit is refundable in the case of delay.
Extra costs: if we do get stuck on the islands there will be an extra cost of $30 USD a day for food and accommodation. We suggest you bring an extra of around $150 USD more than the suggested amount, for this time of the year.
* this is to be calculated on top of they normal $50 – 150 USD normally recommended for spending on the islands. 
Total recommended to bring: $200 -300 USD

Book early: Being high season and windy season together there are many travelers and few boats so get in sooner rather than later!
To give you an idea of the frequency of delays, in general we are delayed 2 – 6 times throughout the entire high season and delays in the past have been anywhere from 1-4 days.

Cancellation: (This is extremely rare, however we have to have a policy)
If the trip is cancelled due to weather before the trip we will refund your deposit.
In the very unlikely event that the trip is cancelled during the trip and we have to return we will refund $80 per day for the days of the trip remaining and provide transport back to the start point.

Once the trip has started there are NO REFUNDS
If you decide to cancel/leave the trip, during the trip, because of a delay or any other reason there is no refund and you will need to pay for boat transport back to the start/end point.
We will warn you before the trip of the likelihood of delay. If you’re worried about a flight after the trip it’s better to cancel and take another transportation.

You should be able to find all the answers at your questions above, however: If you do have a question that is not already answered here then you can send an email to info@sanblasdreams.com or or write to us on our whatsapp.

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