Description Panama -> Colombia for BIKERs

If you are NOT traveling with motorcycle check HERE for your tour description.



Procedures might change due to new regulations by colombian or panamanian authorities!

The price for motorbike and driver is 1200* USD (pillion rider 480 USD). If you just want to ship your moto with us 680 US$*. Additional costs are 23 USD kunatax which the Kunas will charge you at the entrance of their territory.

*Starting 2020 we have to raise the price to 1240$ (bike and rider) and 720$ (bike only) for the tours between Panama and Colombia. And the insurance for Colombia will not be included anymore.
We had rising costs for the piers, the authorities and agents lately…
The new price for bike and rider still includes:
-Transport biker and bike between Carti/Panama and Cartagena/Colombia.
-3 meals per day.
-Paperwork for Panama and Colombia.
-First night in San Blas in a hotel + dinner and breakfast.

We will load the motorbikes by winch at a pier at PORT CARTI directly on deck of “Stahlratte” on the first day of the tour. The first day afternoon and night will be spent at HOTEL EL PORVENIR a short boat ride from Carti. The dinner in hotel porvenir will be organized for you.

The price includes the transport of motorcycle + 1person, loading/unloading, lashing, covering the bike and the stay at Hotel Porvenir. All immigration works as well as the customs clearance for Colombia for the motorbikes.

Only for tips in 2019:
One month insurance for Colombia is included.
It is possible to get insurance for 2 or 3 month paying extra (2 month = 40us and 3 month = 60us additional cost).

Also included are food on board (min 3 meals per day) and drinks (except alcoholic beverages and sodas). We are very famous for our good food! There is no need for anybody to bring food or drinking water on board!
We provide extra food for vegetarians/vegans/allergic etc. Just let us know when booking!

We produce our own water by a seawater-desalinator, so there won’t be a limit for shower or drinking water. We have a stock of beer, sodas and rum on board (beers and sodas 1 USD/can, rum 20 USD/bottle).

The crossing from San Blas to Cartagena via open sea will take max. 30 hours of sailing. The rest of the time in San Blas will be spent in in one of the most beautiful spots, anchored between several little uninhabited palmtree-covered islands with white beaches surrounded by wonderful corral reefs.
We provide good snorkeling gear and lots of “noodles” to hang out in the water. You can also use our famous ropeswing. Everybody on board is asked to help a little bit with washing dishes and if you want you are welcome to help raising sails.

Our ship is very big and heavy and especially good for carrying motorbikes because there is plenty of deck space and shelter. We have carried a max of 21 motorbikes at one time from San Blas to Colombia. We are used to handle the bikes carefully during loading and unloading and bikes will be covered to avoid saltwater damages.
We will be liable for any demage happening during loading and unloading to and from the ship and while the bike is on board if the damage was caused by the crew.
We lift the bikes with a 1.5 ton electrical winch.



To meet us you have to drive from Panama City to LLANOS passing by the Internatinal Airport Tocumen, Chepo and Margarita. There is a road to the left from LLANOS to CARTI wich leads through the San Blas jungle. This road is in a very good conditions and easy to ride even for heavy streetbikes. The road is maintained constantly so it should be safe to use all the time.
The PORT CARTI where we will load your motorcycle is just straight down the road all the way to the end. There is a concrete pier where we will be waiting for you.


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1st day: (loading motorcycles)
As soon as you arrive at PORT CARTI we will take your luggage on board and prepare the bikes for loading.
You will get a late breakfast/lunch on board stahlratte after your luggage has been stored and you have prepared what ever you need for the overnight stay in the hotel.

2nd day:
We will take you on board for breakfast at 8:30 and sail through the San Blas archipielago to the number one highlight, the COCO BANDERO ISLANDS where we drop anchor and spend the rest of the day swiming, relaxing, snorkeling eating etc.
After the lobster-dinner we lift the anchor, sail out of the islands and take course to CARTAGENA.

3rd day:
Breakfast at open sea with more than 1000meters of water underneath the keel.
The whole day we will be sailing without stopovers.
Depending on currents and winds we will arrive in CARTAGENA PORT and drop anchor between 8 and 11pm.

4th day:
The early bird catches the worm… So we get up very early at 6am and start to prepare for unloading bikes… Everybody will have to pack his bags and panniers and get them on deck and at about 7:30 we will be unloading the bikes in the industrial zone of cartagena at a pier. All bikers will ride togehter to customs where the bikes will be inspected so you should be ready to ride in COLOMBIA by noon if all works as usual.

All legal paperworks will be done by us and our agents in panama and colombia without you having to do anything… you only have to show your bike at the end and sign the temporary importation paper of customs.



The maximum amount of people on board can be 27 including the crew of 3-5. Everybody gets his/her own bed inside the ship (no bed-sharing). We have additional sunchairs, hammocks and deck-mattresses for relaxing or sleeping outside.
All the sleeping accomodations are equipped with fans. We have 7 double cabins and 13 single berths for our guests, each with high quality mattresses, reading lights and space for your personal luggage.
The different rooms and deck space on this ship provide a lot of room, so you will always be able to find a quiet spot to relax, even if we are fully booked.
We have a constant flow of 220/110volt electricity for charging your electronic devices. In cases of emergency there is the possibility to send emails or make phonecalls via satellite-phone.



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A deposit of 200 USD payed to this paypal account:

Repayment terms: There is no refund of deposit!
It is possible to change your booking to another departure in case you don’t manage to arrive in time or you have to cancel for any other reason.
In the case we have to cancel a tour deposit will be refunded immediately!

Once the deposit is payed it will be valid for any of our voyages so in the case you cant manage to arrive in time for any reason we can change your booking to one of our next tours. If you have to make a break the deposit even is valid for a complete year.

The first change of booking to another date is free of charge. Every further change will have a fee of us$50.

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The deposit can be payed via paypal or to our bank account in germany. The rest of the payment in cash on board (US-Dollars, Euro, Peso Colombiano).
Exchange rates are the daily official rates.
Bank-transfer or payment via paypal for the complete tour-price can only be made after consulting us and there is an additional fee for this kind of transaction/transfer of 50 US$ per person+bike (not for the deposit!).



SV “Stahlratte” is NOT a commercial sailing-vessel!
The owner is a foundation, wich was founded in 1984 as a commune and the ships purpose was/is to be a traveling platform for group life/experience. The project is run without any profits and the main issue is the surviving and maintenance of this historic ship.
We try to keep it sailing for many people to have fun and good experiences. The crew is entirely composed of volunteers, who work in a rotation system for 3-6 month without being paid. All money earned with guests sailing on “Stahlratte” is exclusively spent for the maintenance of this vessel and the living of the 3-5 crewmembers on board.



The “STAHLRATTE” is a traditional sailingship built 1903 in Holland. She is well maintained and equiped for worldwide highsea sailing.
The dimensions are: 40 meters/120 feet overall length, 6,6 meters beam, 3 meters draft and 235 tons of weight.
Safety equipment is always in legal order for a maximum of 28 people and checked every year due to international safety regulations SOLAS for professional operating vessels: Life-rafts for 32 people, life-jackets for 40 people, 2 EPIRIP, 1 radar-transponder, inmarsat satellite phone, 2 gps navigation systems, radar, vhf radio and ssb radio.
The ship is equiped with a saltwater-desalination system to produce 120 liters of high quality fresh water/ hour.

More pics and infos on our Facebook page and recent trip reports on Adv-Rider.



We are always interested in new crew-members as we have a rotation system. The crewing time consists of a minimum of 3 months up to 6 months. First step HERE. If you have the time and are interested, ask us for more detailed information.



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Dock Cartagena
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