heading to yacht to Panama
07.07.2009 - 08.07.2009
After leaving Cartagena we travelled to Turbo described in Lonely Planet as a 'lawless frontier town, with a reputation for crime' needless to say we later found out that the previous year there was a murder a day! To get to Turbo we travelled on on a 'luxury coach' which i will add the video of soon and then took a 4 by 4 across a thoroughly pot-holed road (4 hours of pot-holed road).
On arriving in Turbo we stayed at a sketchy hostel £3 a night and worth every penny. We had 2 bunk beds and an 'en-suite' shower and toilet separated by a shower curtain, all conveniently fitted into a 4 by 2 metre room. We got up at 06:30 to catch a not so speedy speed boat to Capuragana which broke down en-route at least 3 times.
When we got to Capuragana we met a 'dusty' Australian called Paul who helped us find the customs office to get our exit stamps from Colombia, he then convinced us to stay at a local hostel owned by Joey, a Hawaiian. Joey pulled up in a local taxi...
and took us to his hostel situated just outside town in the borders of the Derian Gap (if you haven't heard of it, it's a lawless forest region inhabited by gorillas (the human kind) and para-military.
As you can see the hostel was beautiful and we were surrounded by the sounds of the forest. We were right by the coast and situated just a short walk from a swimming pool (a rarity in these parts). To put it in perspective the town only had 2 motorised vehicles (2 motor bikes) one of which many locals were trying to get banned. We spent only one night in Capuragana but really warmed to the place Joey was also a valuable source of information, he also knew Javier Martin our soon to be captain for our sailing trip to Panama.
Be sure to listen out for the Star Wars Frogs towards the end of the clip...