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  • Added on: November 17th, 2008
What is the best and cheapest way to go from panama to ecuador. There will be 3 of us backpacking from costa rica to peru. Doing wwoof hostels and trying to do it all on a strict budget. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks and keep traveling.
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  • Added on: November 17th, 2008
You're skipping Colombia? That's my favorite country on your route.

Anyhoo, if you're on a budget, sniff around the Panama City Yacht Club and the bulletin board at Voyagers International Hostel. A lot of times you can buy passage on boats to Ecuador (Guayaquil) or Colombia (Cartagena). It might be trickier with three people though.

The most straightforward option is a Copa flight from Panama City to Quito. They tend to be reasonable, although I don't have precise figures these days.

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  • Added on: November 17th, 2008
we want to go through colombia but i keep getting advice to stay out and go around. We do not have a time limit on our travels. We plan to keep going as long as our finances hold up. I personally would like to make it to rio.
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  • Added on: November 18th, 2008
I one of the 3 on the trip...

I think 'drumbeat21' meant from Panama to Colombia. Then over land to Ecuador.

What's the cheapest way to get from Panama into Colombia, then over land to Ecuador? I would prefer to go over water, but if flying is cheaper, we would do that.
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  • Added on: November 18th, 2008
Flying may be a little cheaper, but I think the experience of the sail from Panama to Colombia would be a very worthwhile addition to your trip. In my experience, getting a charter from Panama City to Cartegena, Colombia costs about $300-$400, but that includes not only your transportation costs, but also food and lodging during the journey (which takes anywhere from 3-7 days). These boats also pass through the San Blas Islands, which is the most incredible place I've ever seen and definitely worth seeing. I'd try to find a boat that's going to stop over in the islands for at least a couple days.

In terms of Colombia, you probably want to of course exercise caution when traveling there, but I wouldn't avoid it completely. Most of the country is still safe and it's beautiful!
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