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Darién Province

Getting around

In the vast jungles of the Darién Province, rivers are sometimes the only means of getting from one point to another, with piraguas providing the transport. In La Palma you can hire a motorized boat for US$120 to US$200 per day, which can take you to the Río Mogué or the Río Sambú. From either of these rivers you’ll have to negotiate with indigenous villagers (in Mogué or La Chunga) to take you further upriver in piraguas. Hiring boats in Río Jaqué is possible but strongly ill-advised owing to the dangers of guerrilla activity. A shorter (and cheaper) boat trip goes from Puerto Quimba to La Palma.