Saint Lucia, Santa Marta, San Blas Islands, Panama Canal, Panama City
9 January 2020 – 5 February 2020
Leaving from Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia we head southwest 815nm away to Santa Marta, Colombia. Here we will have a few days to explore one of the oldest colonial cities in South America and hike the rainforest trails in the nearby Tayrona National Park.
We then head for the San Blas Islands 2 days sail away. The islands are governed by the indigenous Kuna Indians and are made up of over 300 islands (most of them uninhabited), making this archipelago a haven for snorkellers and for those who wish to escape to deserted, palm-fringed, white sand islands.
The fleet then converges in Colón in preparation for the transit of the canal. Each boat is assigned a transit day in which to begin the transit, then it usually takes two days to move through the 80 miles and 3 locks of this impressive human-made waterway to reach the Pacific Ocean.
We end this leg in Panama City and depending on our transit date, we will hopefully have time to explore the historic centre, Casco Viejo and the distinctive Biomuseo designed by Frank Gehry.