No more bikes from Colombia to Panama

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Aussie Gringo, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Rui

    Rui n00b

    Jan 19, 2012
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Guys, I have been following this thread with interest because this was an obstacle that I needed to overcome on my own trip ( recently in order to cross the Darien.
    My routing was south to north so I had to get on a boat from Cartagena to Panama and had heard stories like the one in this thread however, you will be pleased to note that as of a week ago I managed to put my bike on a catamaran called Jacqueline and the crazy old German (Manfred who works out of an internet café at the back of a supermarket) got the bike stamped out of Colombia by customs on the 25th of April 2013 and I have the paperwork to prove it. Like so many things in third world countries the reaction was overblown and things have once again settled down into "normality"!!:clap
  2. RandyReider

    RandyReider Kind of a Big Deal

    Oct 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Anyone know where there's more info on the sinking of Fritz the Cat? It took my GSA and me to Cartagena a few years back and I was shocked to hear it sank!!!

  3. DustDog

    DustDog Adventurer

    Apr 3, 2013
    Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
    Do somebody have the contact information of Manfred (well know German customs broker in Cartagena) ?
  4. colombiana

    colombiana n00b

    May 22, 2013
    Manfred is extremely rude German, the immigration officers don't like him;
    1. He is not from Colombia
    2. He is rude
    That is why Manfred has problems, the best agent for motorbike is David 313 523 0742

    I recommend Stahlratte , Fritz the Cat aka catamaran Jacqueline has many bad reviews:
  5. Exit142

    Exit142 n00b

    Nov 3, 2007
    Maplewood, NJ US
    I can confirm from personal experience that the Stalhratte is transporting motorcycles out of Panama AND Colombia. I sailed with Ludwig from Panama to Colombia in October 2012, then from Colombia to Jamaica > Cuba > Mexico in April/May 2013. Lulu runs a good ship, I highly recommend the Stalhratte.

    The Independence and Jacqueline Catamaran (a.k.a. Fritz the Cat) are both mentioned on websites are currently offering motorcycle transportation services. I cannot provide a recommendation for these boats. The reviews are mixed, some like it, some have complaints. Your mileage may differ.

    However you do, just do it. Crossing the Darien via a sail boat is a lot of fun. Chance are you will meet other riders and a several backpackers. Riding South America is an amazing experience. When its described as a trip of a life time, the label fits.

    Check out for photos and stories.

    Peter B