Getting from A to B – CHEAP
There has never been an all year round functioning road between Central America and South America. An unwelcoming swamp jungle makes any roadwork extremely difficult, not mention the maintenance work such a road would incur. Add a long-term guerrilla war and a popular drug smuggling route and the area is pretty much lawless and unreachable travelers, as well as the law.
Only recently has air travel between the two countries become reasonable and affordable enough for budget travelers. However, the price of an airfare is still at the level of the all-inclusive 5-day sailing trip though one of the worlds most picturesque islands leaving many travelers to choose the San Blas experience rather than another hour in the air.