"Travel Like A Local" Carate Transportation Tip by Etoile2B

Carate Transportation: 3 reviews and 9 photos

  The collectivo at the pulperia in Carate.
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  • The collectivo at the pulperia in Carate. - Carate
      The collectivo at the pulperia in Carate.
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  • Marc on the collectivo with a beer. - Carate
      Marc on the collectivo with a beer.
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  • Me on the collectivo with a beer. - Carate
      Me on the collectivo with a beer.
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  • The collectivo at the pit stop. - Carate
      The collectivo at the pit stop.
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The cheapest way to get between Puerto Jimenez and Carate is definitely by taking the colectivo. It’s also a great way to feel like a local. The colectivo is basically a pickup truck with a tarp fashioned over the truck bed to act as a roof / sun protection. Two wooden planks are fixed to each side of the truck bed. It’s not the most comfortable seat in the world, but it’s a fun way to travel. And be aware that the roads are unpaved so expect a bumpy ride. If you’re taking the colectivo get there early to get the best seat (the ones nearest the truck cab). They squeeze in as many people as they can for the ride so prepared to be cozy. We had 4 people sitting on each plank and three standing up, hanging off the back, then another 2 adults and 2 children smooshed into the cab along with the driver. If the colectivo fills up many times they will call for another one to pick up the passengers they can’t fit, but that’s not always possible. They turned away passengers on our trip and denied them another colectivo, another reason to get there early. The ride between Puerto Jimenez and Carate takes about 2 hours and the driver will stop for a 5 minute break halfway through the ride. The cost is $7 US one way.

Leaves Puerto Jimenez for Carate: 6 am & 1:30 pm daily.
Leaves Carate for Puerto Jimenez: 8:30 am & 3:00 pm daily.

Mode: TO
Type: Car/Motor Home

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  • Written Mar 21, 2008
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