This is a typical itinerary of a 5 day all inclusive San Blas with Mintaka. However it serves as a good example for any of the trips. The main differences are that Mintaka and Quest both departs/arrives from Portobelo, while Santana and Sophia VI departs/arrives from Porvenir in San Blas. For Santana & Sophia VI Passport arrangements is done on the day of departure or arrival in Porvenir. “Day 0” and “Nightsail to/from San Blas” does not aply to Santana and Sophia VI.
The duration of the sailing trip is 5 days with an additional half a days sailing from Portobelo to San Blas with Mintaka and Quest. You will have three relaxed days in the beautiful San Blas Islands, one and half day sea passage from San Blas to Cartagena.
There can be variations in itinerary and other islands can be visited with the general consent of the traveling group. This trip describes the Panama to Colombia route. If you are traveling Colombia to Panama the itinerary is simply reversed.
Day 0 – Passport arrangements
You will meet the crew of Mintaka in Portobelo at 20.00 or 8PM the day before departure to collect passports for immigration processing.
Day 1 – Nightsail to San Blas
You will board at around 18:00 hours in Portobelo and start the trip by having a nice dinner, usually Coque au Vin.
After dinner you will start the first leg of the trip with a 12 hours overnight sail to the West Lemon Cays Island Group in Kuna-land.
Day 2 – Entering San Blas
Mintaka reach the San Blas Islands in the morning of day 1 and breakfast will be served on arrival.
Proposed activities for the day are swimming, snorkeling and volley ball.
Lunch will be served.
For the night you will anchor next to beautiful small islands with incredible beaches and a charming Kuna bar.
Dinner will be served in the evening
Day 3 – Western Hollandes islands
Breakfast is served with scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh bread with homemade jam.
The day start with a 2-4 hour sail to the next island group called Western Hollandes.
From here the captain will bring you to an amazing reef for snorkeling. When you are finished snorkeling you will swim back to the boat for a nice lunch.
I’m the afternoon you are encouraged to bring you cameras for a beautiful afternoon beach walk and visiting a small Kuna village.
Here you will meet chief Julio and his seventh wife Laura. Fresh coconut will be serves as well as the very popular “Coco Loco”, a shoot of rum in the coconut. The rum is sponsored by Mintaka.
Back on the boat dinner will be served.
Day 4 – Coco Bandera
Breakfast will be served before embarking on a 2 to 4 hour sail to one of the most beautiful island groups in San Blas called Coco Bandera.
You will be guided to another great reef for top class snorkeling.
After the swim back to the boat you will be served lunch.
In late afternoon you can get a ride to the island for some island exploring and more photo opportunities.
Mintaka will leave San Blas for the ocean passage to Cartagena at around 17:30 hours. Night will fall and dinner will be served at sea.
Day 5 – Ocean passage
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at sea.
With the fishing lure out there is a chance of catching exotic fish on the way. Both Blue Marlins, Sharks and large Tunas have been caught on our boats*. And there is always a good chance of seeing some wild dolphins playing along side the boat.
½ Day 6 – Arriving in Cartagena
On the morning the 6th day you will be still be at sea. Breakfast and lunch will be served at sea. You will arrive in Cartagena in the morning to late afternoon and all guests will be helped to shore.
You should not book a flight or plan a bus ride on the day of arrival or the day after. All passports have to be handed over to a clearing agent and will be returned on the next day we arrived in Cartagena. The use of agent is mandatory by law in Colombia for incoming boats with crew. The agent will need at least 24 hours until the stamped passport come back to us.
In a cafe in the hostel district Getsemani you will meet all the crew members to get back your stamped passports.
*Endangered species are let loose if no major injury has been caused.