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I was in South America (Argentina to Colombia) and in Ecuador & Colombia met a lot of people coming down from (and afterwards friends I'd met travelled up into) Central America. With just one exception (who flew), the others had all gone via the San Blas Islands. http://wikitravel.org/en/San_Blas_Islands Which to me look simply stunning! I'd seen ...


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Several people already mentioned the sail boat option, but as none of them has done it themselves, I will add my experience from May 2009: As said elsewhere the hostels in Panama city act as intermediaries between travelers and the boats. They have a list of boats leaving on certain dates with prices which ranging from 250 to 350 US dollars. While some of ...


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When I was in Panama City about 4 or 5 years ago all the hostels had ads posted by private people, sometimes families, that sailed back and forth in their yachts and wanted travellers to come along to help with costs. There was a waiting list for each yacht. At the time the price to sail was pretty much the same as a flight which was in the region of $300 ...


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Timatic (the visa system used by many airlines) specifically states for a US citizen visiting Columbia : Visitors traveling as tourist are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents required for their next destination. Warning: - Visitors, traveling as tourist, not holding return/onward tickets could ...


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Asking for Information, the Right Way You ask for a cost-/effort-effective solution to procuring insulin in Colombia. The fact that most authoritative websites on the topic only explain how to pack supplies, and how many to pack (see Diabetes UK for an example) somewhat hints to the fact that you are not guaranteed to be able to always find, and buy, ...


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I just found an answer on yahoo anwsers (Portuguese). There are boats that take you from Manaus to Leticia. You just buy the ticket directly in the boat, there are no agencies. The schedule is a bit irregular but as a rule of thumb they go out every other day. The journey takes around 5 to 7 days. If two boats depart on the same day (apparently it can ...


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I've heard several reports that the Darien Gap is quite dangerous due to drug trafficking. Personally, I would fly although I understand it's possible to cross by hopping on small boats on the Caribbean side. One of the Lonely Planet books (sorry I forgot which one) has more details, but they also don't recommend it.


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Apparently scheduled sea options are very limited or nonexistent. As mentioned, last year when I quickly checked, the flights (via mainland Colombia) I found were really expensive (like 800+ USD)... But now that I'm aware of despegar.com (cheap flight search engine for Latin America), I know a bit better. As Karlson mentioned, the main airport of the ...


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In general, a citizen can't be denied to enter his own country that's sort of the meaning of being a citizen. Since you still have a valid passport there should be absolutely no problems. You are not a visitor, you are a citizen and all you need to do is convince the border guard you are a citizen. Even an expired passport would quite probably work but in ...


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I bussed in, but was not asked. However from experience, almost any country 'might' ask you for onward travel, and they seem more likely to ask at airports - as allowing someone into another country without an exit strategy, or allowing you into their country without a way out can lead to someone getting fined (an airline, for example). What I've seen many ...


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despegar.com is a flight search engine for Latin America that seems pretty good. (I found out about it recently when someone here on Travel SE mentioned it.) You should be able to buy the tickets directly through despegar, but I have no experience of how well that works. Alternatively, just use it to find airlines / schedules / prices, and then book via ...


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Not sure if ferries are available to St Andres but you can certainly look at the official site for more details but from the Wiki page all I could find is that by sea you can only reach the island on a cruise ship. Of course the island does have an airport so you can get there by plane. Most of the services are via Colombia(Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena) or ...


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While I don't have any personal experience with this particular scenario, you probably don't need a visa because as a permanent resident in a Schengen country, you can travel to other Schengen countries for three months in any six-month period (and Switzerland is part of the Schengen area, even if it's not a full member of the EU). This is completely ...


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If the passport number, and the passport number listed on the visa, do not match then this mismatch could cause serious difficulties during travel. For example, a border control officer could conclude that she was somehow trying to use somebody else's visa to enter the country. She should contact the US agency which issued her visa, tell them about the ...


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I took these guys about three months ago and had luggage that was 20 - 25 kilos. It was not a problem whatsoever. And, my luggage wasn't close to the smallest nor lightest of what the passengers were transporting on my trip.


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I can happily confirm that insulin is available for purchase over-the-counter in pharmacies in Colombia. I've bought some myself, I simply asked for it at a pharmacy and paid for it, I required no prescription, or any doctor's note or other evidence that I am Diabetic. I'll reiterate that I did check that my specific types of insulin were available in ...


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I would think that both your passport stamps include a reference as to how long you're allowed to stay. CIBT (http://cibtvisas.com) claims that British passport holders get 180 visas upon arrival. You might have gotten 90 days that could have been extended by another 90. This should mean that, leaving earlier and returning, it's most likely that you were ...


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First of all, the location description is very vague. You can cross the boarder from Colombia into Ecuador by foot. Those are neighboring countries. I assume therefore that you want to start from a larger city, like Cartagena and go to Guayaquil. However, from Cartagena, you are in for more than 2000km. Panama, on the other hand is still 1500km away. Which ...


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In general, taxis in Colombia are negotiated prices. There is a stand in BAQ which sets fares, and will sell you a "ticket" which you then give to a taxi driver, who will take you to your destination and get reimbursed from the "ticket". (But tip the driver - that's not included.) Traveling with my family, we flew BOG to BAQ then took a taxi to Cartagena (2½ ...


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Wikitravel has a get in section from the airport. Evidently they believe the taxis to be $8-$12, so maybe you can negotiate towards the lower end. There's the public buses, not comfortable, but $0.55 or less - so hey, bargain. They do go on to say that it's not that ideally situated to the city center, but perhaps you could bus in, and then take a taxi to ...


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San Gil is on the way to Bucaramanga, so any bus in the route Bucaramanga <-> Bogotá may stop there. But of course in Colombia it is important to cross check in advance. I found a company called Berlinas that has a line: http://www.berlinasdelfonce.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=80&Itemid=5 Recorrido (route, it ...


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This is kinda tough... I'm pretty sure there are overnight buses, but San Gil is a small town so it's not going to show as a "destination" stop or "departure" point you can find when you search for fares. Likely you'll have to call the bus company and ask what routes would go near or pass by your San Gil.. and if they even pick up people there. Search online ...



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