07.12.2007 - 14.12.2007 30 °C
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Bridge over the Panama Cannel
After researching the car shipping side of things before we left the US, we decided that it would probably be cheaper and easier to ship out of Costa Rica. But after a week of emails and phone calls, we were getting no where. The best price we could find was $850 for a 20 foot container to Cartagena in Colombia.
The company only provided the container and the ship and we would have to do the rest: get the container to the port, load the car tie it down inside the container with chains etc (god only know how we would have done that) and unload it on the other side. A logistical and paperwork nightmare, that would take days at the ports on either side and would have ended up costing us over $1300 in total.
Finally after 5 days of phone calls, we found a shipping company in Panama City that did RoRo (roll on roll off), which is as easy as it sounds. You drive your car onto the boat, they tie it down to the deck, then you fly to the destination a few days later and pick it up. Of coarse there is still a mountain of paper work but it’s 10 times easier than using a container and a lot cheaper.
The ship was scheduled to leave the following Thursday, so we spent or last night drinking heavily at the local beach bar in Cahuita, before driving the 1000km to Panama City (with a few stops along the way for Alex to puke… what can I say Brazilians just cant hold there alcohol).
As I mentioned Costa Rica really is a beautiful country and not only the scenery, the women are stunning too. By far the most beautiful in Central America and they don’t mind showing it. Cleavage is definitely in fashion in Costa Rica. We spent the night in a small town, where we watched the local Christmas parade, then headed to the Border early Sunday morning.
Ah Panama, finally a country with freeways and a decent speed limit. After crawling through most of Costa Rica at an average of about 50km per hour we flew through panama at well over twice the speed. We made it to Panama City early Monday, found a hotel and started the paper work. It’s a really cool city; busy but a lot more organized and a lot safer than the other capitals in Central America.
We dropped the car off today at the port and it sails to Ecuador tomorrow at 6am. On Friday we will fly to Colombia for the weekend before meeting up with the ship in Ecuador on Tuesday. So we get to spend the weekend in Bogotá... should be interesting… i wish it could be longer..