Originally Posted by Airhead Wrangler
Just a small correction, but I believe this has always technically been against the law, but just tolerated as it hasn't caused many problems and it filled a necessary gap in transportation options. One of the boat captains explained it to me, but I can't remember exactly what the issue with the law is. It was something to do with being licensed to carry cargo and if you are a cargo ship licensed to operate in Colombia you cannot carry passengers and cargo at the same time. This is the reason some of the people piecing small coastal freighter runs together to get from panama to colombia have had to put their bike in one outboard and themselves in another outboard for the last leg from Capurgana to Turbo.
Well, I actually didn't know this. It does make sense that licenses should be required. I always thought that the small, private sailboats weren't licensed though- that they were like those illegal taxicabs.