Description Panama -> Colombia

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

Check HERE for tour description with motorcycle.

If you come without motorcycle:



Our tour Carti/San Blas to Cartagena will take 4 days and 3 nights. The first day and night will be spent on PORVENIR ISLAND in a hotel with food included. The costs are 580 USD including all immigration paper work, food (minimum 3 meals/day) and drinks (except alcoholic beverages and sodas). We are very famous for our good food (we are preparing extra meals for vegetarians, vegans, any food allergie etc…).

We provide good snorkeling gear and lots of “noodles” to hang out in the water. You can also use our famous ropeswing. There is fishing equipment on board.
There is no need for anybody to bring food or drinking water on board! 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).
Everybody on board is asked to help with washing dishes and for sail-manoeuvres your help is much apreciated.



By 4WD from Panama City (it takes 3 hours and costs 50 USD including the 20 USD kuna tax and 5 USD for the 10 min canoe-ride from Carti river down to where the ship is anchored). We organize the jeeps for you. The only thing we need to know is where you are staying so we can send the driver there to pick you up at 05:00 am.


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The maximum amount of people on board can be 27 including the crew of 4-5. 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 ventilators. We have 7 double cabins and 12 single berths for our guests, each with high quality mattresses, reading lights and space for your backpack/personal luggage.
The different rooms and deckspace 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.



PASSPORT COPY (please send to
A deposit of 100 USD (per person) payed to this paypal account:

Repayment terms:
There is no refund of deposit!
Once the deposit is payed it will be valid for any of our voyages so in case you cant manage to arrive in time for any reason we can change your booking to one of our next tours or 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$25.
In case we have to cancel a tour the deposits will be refunded imediately!

For availability and reservation please contact
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The deposit can be payed via paypal 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 to our associations bank-account in germany or payment via paypal have an additional fee of 25usd (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 (also backpackers), 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 4-5 crewmembers on board.



The “STAHLRATTE” is a traditional sailingship built 1903 in Holland. She is very 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 28 people, life-jackets for 28 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.

For further information you can check our Facebook page.

You can contact us by phone on board in
Panama +507 60317107 or +57 3216612931 in Cartagena.
In Cartagena you are allways wellcome to visit us on board near Club Nautico (give us a call!).



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.