Transport to and from the boat is not included in the charter booking. You will need to arrange this yourself, but we’ll be happy to assist and inform you, we recommend using LAM tours as we have worked with them for years now. Please note that OCEANTRIPS cannot be held responsible for any event occurring on board or outside the vessel and during the transfers to/from the vessel. Please note that the taxi company is a local Panamanian company trying hard to offer a good service from Panama City to the sailing boat in the San Blas, but sometimes delays occur due to events they could not have foreseen or avoided.
Journey from Panama City to the San Blas
When you have booked a taxi with LAM TOURS you need to be ready between 5 and 5:30 am in your hotel lobby, arriving in Carti between 9 and 10am. From Carti the water taxi will take about 1 hour to 1:15 boarding the sailing yacht between 10 and 11 am. Please note that sometimes the taxi needs to pick up people in other hotels
Journey from the San Blas to Panama City
When going back to Panama City the water taxi will collect you from the sailing yacht between 6:30 and 7:30 depending on your location. You will arrive back in Panama City at around noon.
The price varies depending on: the size of your group, taking a private or shared taxi, the ages of the travellers and the location of the sailing yacht. The approximate price for a round trip including water taxi is around $125 pp. When you email your booking details to LAM TOURS they will give you the exact price.
Contact Details for booking a taxi to the San Blas
LAM TOURS PANAMA
Ave Centenario, Calle principal Costa del Este, Office 1-B Plaza S/M 99, panama city
Tel. +507-6980-5610 (Mobile) Judy, English speaking
IMPORTANT: When booking a taxi please include your Oceantrips booking details including your names, the amount of guests, their ages (children get a discount), the place where you want to be picked up (name of hotel in Panama City) the name of the boat you are going to, the name of the captain and the telephone number of the captain.
Please always bring your passport! All costs concerning transport will be paid on the spot in cash, so pls make sure you bring enough cash to pay your transfer also on the way back.
Additional costs will be:
-San Blas tourist tax $20.00 per person, you pay this at the border.
-Port taxes $2.00 per person
The national park of Kuna Yala can be entered between 7am and 3pm. The local authorities close the port at 4 pm, travelers must cross the entrance around 3 PM because from there to the port it is one more hour driving. Please note there is an entry fee of approx $5 per vehicle and $20 per adult and $10 per child entry fee to the Kuna Yala park. The crew of the sailing yacht can organise a water taxi for you to get to the sailing yacht.
Regular flights to the San Blas are not operating anymore. If you would like to book a private charter flight you can check https://aeroalbrook.com for more info. To give you an idea, the approximate rate for a private plane with a capacity for 8 persons for a round trip is about $3200. Luggage is very limited on these plains as there is a max weight that it can carry. Flights usually leave in the morning between 8am and 10am from Albrook Airport in Panama City. The flight takes about 40 minutes and brings you straight to the San Blas - Corazon de Jesus. The boat will be anchored close to the airstrip so a water taxi to the boat should be around $3pp.
We wish you a great trip!
The Oceantrips - Team!
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RATES MENTIONED ABOVE ARE SET BY THIRD PARTY INTERMEDIARIES AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.