Getting there & away
The 266km Interamericana journey from Panama City to Yaviza passes through Chepo, El Llano, Cañita, Ipetí, Tortí, Higueronal and smaller, unmapped communities in Panamá Province before crossing into the Darién. All of these towns are served by buses running between Panama City and Yaviza. There are eight buses daily to Yaviza between 5am and 3:45pm (US$15, seven to 10 hours). Be sure to tell the bus driver your destination.
Travelers can also fly into the region. Aeroperlas (315 7500; www.aeroperlas.com) has three flights per week and Air Panama (316 9000; www.flyairpanama.com/tickets) has one flight per week to La Palma (US$40, one hour). From La Palma, Aeroperlas offers three flights per week to El Real (US$35, 15 minutes).