We just received confirmation Manuel has been loaded onto the vehicle container ship Medea, and is currently sailing for Panama! The ship is scheduled to make a short stop in Manzanillo, Panama on December 16, and continue on to Cartagena, where it is due to arrive on December 17, a week before we arrive in Colombia.
You can track the ship's progress by going here - in the top right corner of the page there is a search function that allows you to enter the vessel's name or the port name and zoom in on the area where the boat is located... Really slick!
We really appreciate all of the help we have received from Sims, Waters, our freight forwarder, and especially Luis at Enlace Caribe in Cartagena - he has been giving us helpful information and cost-saving tips since the moment we contacted him. It's been an eye-opening experience shipping the vehicle, and both of these organizations have been very responsive - we'd recommend both heartily.
For us, it is time to start thinking about our packing list and final preparations here at home, as we are due to leave in exactly 2 weeks from today. Christmas in Colombia, I like the ring of that!