Take a bus from Medellin (or Cartagena to Monteria, then to Turbo) to Turbo from there a boat (7 am ?) to Capurganá, from there you have boats to Puerto Obaldia, or to boat or a 2hour walk to Sapzurro, a nice little beach and short walk to La Miel, Panama, the last stop of San Blas Adventures formerly Darien Gapster going to Carti, Panama.
In Puerto Obaldia, so far no ATM there, you have to go in any way to the not very annoying and painstaking Panamanian Immigration.
From Puerto Obaldia you have planes to Panama City and sometimes boats to Carti.
Look if you need a visa, the regulations for the Kuna Yala formerly San Blas autonomos region (according to Immigration in Puerto Obaldia when i entered there i was supposed to have a visa, might be different today) are not the same then for the rest of Panama.
When we flew in Bocas Del Toro we used "Air Panama" We had a 6:00 am scheduled take off and we were in the air by 6:05am. Using Air Panama was hassle free. I purchased our tickets online and had no problem when we checked in that morning. People we met in Bocas Del Toro did the drive from Panama City to the port city for the ferry into Bocas ( an 8 hour drive) They stated they would never again drive, instead would use local air. The entire flight was 45 minutes. They provide a light snack and beverage while in the air. The other company is Regional Air and it also departs from the domestic airport.
By far the quickest way to get to Boquete is to fly.
We flew on Aeroperlas to David. From David we drove to Boquete.
Aeroperlas flies out of the domestic airport Marcos A. Gelabert, located in Albrook.
It is 30 minutes from Tocumen International Airport.
Our plane was sitting waiting for passengers to board. It was pouring down rain so no one was anxious to venture outside. Soon a group of people from the airport showed up at the doorway with umbrellas and escorted us to the plane. That is service!
Cost:: 25 cent. only
From to every where inside Panama city
the principal routes are:
Via España - Tocumen, Concepcion, San Pedro, Veranillo
Transismica - Don Bosco, Pedregal, Los Andes Cerro Batea, San Isidro.
Tumba Muerto (Ricardo J. Alfaro): Mananitas, Veranillo, Los Andes, Cerro Batea, Santa Librada
Time: almost 24 hours (from 4:30 am to 1:00 am approx.
IS A REAL EXTREME EXPERINCE DURING THE EVENING OR NIGHT. The buses all the way are doing race for passengers.
Price approx.: in US$
One way from Banking area PC to:
Old Panama: 2 - 3
Casco Viejo: 2 - 3
Costway Amador: 5
Canal: Miraflores locks: 10 - 15
Canal:Gatun locks: 60
PTY airport (Tocumen): 15
PAC airport (Albrook): 5
Gamboa : 20
Colon: 60 - 80
Santa Catalina: 200
El Valle: 80 - 100
Farallon: 80 - 100
Hire the day: 50 - 75
-but is not mean that you will hire the services to go far away from PC.
One of the nicest and knowledgable drivers and his personal cars are awesome! He has a BMW Sedan and a Honda CRV that he uses to pickup and transport passengers to do whatever they need to do around Panama City.
Depending on what you want to do or need to do, he charges between $80 and $250 per day. Very comfortable rides indeed!!
I lost nine hours of vacation time bc of Air Panama. The first flight was delayed over 5 hours. The second over 2 hours. The third was on time. The fourth was 1 hour. From what I experienced, I will use AeroPerlas next time. It may cost a wee bit more, but I did not see any of their planes leave or arrive late. The run basically the same routes as Air Panama.
After seeing the insperation here is the real picture. You can spend a few hours or a few weeks in the rain forest in Panama by dugout.
You can do this by contacting.
VT member Tammy (snoopy9109) she can help and lives in Panama
Tel/Fax: (507) 314 1417
Or if you speak spanish you can call the embera indians directly:If you are interested in an Embera dugout adventure, please contact the community organization Tránchichi Emberá Chagres
cellular telephone: (507) 698-6576 in Panama
You may also send a message via Mobil Phone beeper at number (507) 264-5155. Leave a message for Emberá Drua, account 810-01-01
Please remember that they only speak Spanish.
Because of problems with train schedules (see separate tip), I took the bus from Panama City to Colon and return. The service departs hourly from the main (Albrook) bus terminal in Panama City and the main terminal in Colon and takes about two hours. The Greyhound-style buses were older models and could be a bit cleaner, but the service was a big step up from the school buses that provide most of Panama's bus service, and the air conditioning worked. The biggest drawback was the very loud action movies that played continuously on the overhead monitors. The body count must have approached a thousand during each two hour trip. Unless your taste runs to blood and gore, bring ear plugs and something to read.
Panama's only train, from Panama City to Colon, no longer runs on the regular daily schedule described in guide books. An erratic schedule that varies by day, with no service at all on some days, has been substituted, and the station in Colon is not staffed. Check the current schedule carefully after you arrive in Panama before heading to the station.
They taxi vehicles are allowed on the dock area for ships after the tour buses leave. They charge $3 to get to town, and around $30 to have a tour there. The cost to go to Gatun and Portobelo is $120, compared to $83 each for the day using the tour ship offering that included Portobelo town also. Taxi would be around $180-200 to get to Panama City.
The line was shut down in 1981. It was restarted in 2001, and Kansas City RR bought the line. It carries commuters across the isthmus in the AM. Afterword the tourists can use the rail to get to GAtun locks, or all the way across. Apparently freight cars also use these lines to transport the 48 mile route.
If you are flying to Bocas del Toro, to David or San Blas islands you have to go to Albrook airport - which has an excellent shopping mall, by the way, where you can go by many public buses. But if you are going to fly you have to take a taxi because the entrance is at least one kilometer away from the bus terminal.
There are no public buses to the terminal so you can take a taxi from your hotel. Don't give more than 2$ for a day ride and 3$ for a night call ! It's only a 15 minute ride.
Aeroperlas Airlines' telephone number is 315 7500.
International flights use the Tocumen Airport. It is located 35Km northeast of the city. There is no bus service to or from Tocumen but you can use a public bus. If you have landed there you just have to walk about 200 meters to the main street where the bus stop is. To come to the airport get on any bus going that way, get off at the airport stop and then walk to the airport entrance. When you are leaving you have to pay airport fees (20$) unless they are included in your ticket.
From Cartagena , Colombia, the flight with Copa Airlines is 45 minutes and costs 285$. There are also sailing boats for around 300$. For information about boats go to my Cartagena page boats to Panama
A very comfortable and efficient net of buses make traveling to any place in Panama easy and affordable. The general bus fares are about 1$ to 1.5$ per hour. Urban buses cost 0.25$.
Diablos rojos are the colourful buses that operate mainly in urban areas. They are usually hand painted and carry images of their religion, culture or street life. They are refurbished American school buses which are very cheap and a good way to move around the city. You can stop them almost anywhere. The problem is their reckless drivers have caused a lot of accidents as they are private and getting first to the bus stop is their only priority...
Taxis are also cheap but you always have to negotiate the price before you get on. A ride within the city limits can not be more than 2$ since the official one is 1-1.5$. To the airport is less than a dollar and to the Causeway no more than 3$ although no taxi driver will take you if you don't take out at least 5$ out of your pocket...
Hitching is not common at all. People in Panama do not stop to take hitch hikers. They told me themselves. They didn't explain the reason. I suppose they are afraid or too busy. If they happen to stop for you offer them some money. They will probably take it. I have seen some poor hitch hikers waiting for hours in the hot sun in vain....
All in all, we enjoyed our experience at the hotel. It is well located, hence you are close to...more
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