We leave Cartagena, Colombia on January 28th. We plan to travel along the Coast of Columbia west to Panama and then we will head north west up the Caribbean side of Panama. We are not on a time schedule, not really but sort of since we expect a visit from out daughters in March and April.
We leave the beautiful city of Cartagena after a 10 day stay. Our boat is a mess. It is dirty and the bottom is seriously fouled. The water in the bay of Cartagena is full of little boat-loving critters and other stuff. We can only guess because you cannot see the bottom. Steve is recovering from Dengue Fever and is still tired. We decided to head for Cholon. Located 20 miles south of Cartagena, Cholon is a complete change from the hustle and bustle of Cartagena. Protected by miles of mangroves, the lagoons of Cholon are pristine, quiet and waiting for us.
People arrive from Cartagena to this nice little beach in Cholon. Warm water, white sand, lots of sun. We anchor nearby.
The tranquil village of Baru.
The entrance and exit from Cholon is narrow and shallow but with good sunlight in the middle of the day it is easy to "spot" your way out between the shoals and reefs.
Local towing his boat and looking for lobster. Lobsters are exported from many of the islands here.
Small resort on the beach. We never saw any guests here, just lots of locals.
Anchored by Isla Fuerte. A very independent Colombian island. The grow alot of their own food and fish. Lobster sales is big business here.
We arrive safely at 8am and anchor in the beautiful bay.
The great thing about boating is all the friends we make. In Sapzurro we catch up with the Hague family from Rico, Colorado. We first met them 2 years ago in the Eastern Caribbean. They have three great kids.
We arrive at our first Kuna Village, Puerto Perme.
The kids, all sizes, are on the water, in their own little ulus.
Thanks for the photo "Hello World".
The Kuna's have extensive farms in the jungle. They grow all their food. They fish the seas. They are very independent.
Boots are to avoid snake bites when you hike in your garden.
Pigs are kept in a pig pens...duhh. These pig pens are perched over the water so there is no clean up. Oh yeah, so are the Kuna bathrooms. Bring your own TP.
This "backpacker boat" anchored behind us one afternoon. Typically these boats will have 8-10 backpacers aboard. The going rate is $450/person. Big business.
Bird of Prey, can't remember his name.
We have refueled our boat in Portobelo. There is no gas dock here. A local business man drives 30 minutes, with jugs, to the local gas station. We load the jugs in our small boat, motor out to the big boat and fill the tanks. 75 gallons later, sore arms. We also bought lots of food for our visiting daughters. It is now time to head back to San Blas. It will take us between 6-8 hours to make the return trip. It is worth it.
More Kuna Yale stories coming.
Adios for now,
Anne and Steve
S/V Fine Line