Crossing the Darian Gap overland?
Replies: 49 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2012 8:36 PM Last Post By: nycsocialite
Sep 11, 2012 7:56 AM
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Sep 11, 2012 12:19 PM
20I highly doubt a ny socialite would find KSR in BKK appealing.
If you can find report of someone that has crossed the Darien Gap and lived to tell about it, please post the link. The military has check points to prevent anyone foolish enough to try. The nature alone would be deadly, do you have any idea of the jungles dangers there. Nevermind the hostile and violent factions you would encounter, you would be shot on sight, period, never to be seen again.
Have you read the FAQ ? You must circumvent the DG? There is info on how to get to Colombia via surface travel, but it is not possible to go thru the DG, but around it.
Good luck with the Google. I can see you now hacking thru the dense jungle with mildew rot in your boots and bugs galore in your face, while trying to follow your Ipad Google Route...nevermind the Malaria risk....haha
Sep 11, 2012 12:57 PM
Well, I did cross the Darian, a long time ago, in 1993, with no smugglers, no guerrillas and no drug-traffickers, the trip has been quite safe and nature didn't look scary at all.
Locals killing a fresh water turtle with a big machete (for lunch, I think) was the only scary thing I see :)
Sep 11, 2012 1:16 PM
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Sep 11, 2012 1:53 PM
24And what do the Central America guidebooks printed in the last 15 years say now? since you know so much...
Sep 11, 2012 4:40 PM
25I do not know so much... just a bit more than you about the Darien!
So the route I took, then in 1992 (and not 93 )
I had to you look a map, didn't remember most of the place names.
walk from Yaviza to Boca de Cupe via Pinogana
boat to Paya then walk to Cristales
then Bijao and boat to Travesia and other one to Turbo
it has been a 5 or 6 day trip, overnight at most of settlement named with my hammock
it was possible to buy some basic food on the way
lot of tuna fish canned!
exit stamp in Boca de Cupe
entry stamp in Turbo
Sep 11, 2012 8:39 PM
Sep 12, 2012 6:21 AM
27Pages from 1994 LP South America on a Shoestring. Buen Suerte
Sep 12, 2012 6:48 AM
28No, it isn't what I meant. I only know the actual situation of the Darien, reading updated guide books and this topic. And believing this, it really doesn't seem a safe place to be.
My poor English doesn't help me to fully express what I want.
My point was only that the nature is not so mighty as someone said it above.
And just found not very helpful to have some people having fun of one inquiry (crossing the Darien) because they fill much more experienced traveler and presuming about the Username of the person who ask the question.
As every body knows, world is changing and it appear to me a very interesting subject to talk.
Sep 12, 2012 7:05 AM
29That is a interesting read Paul. But things have changed in the last 18 years. The last reports from the Darien Gap area to Colombia are on the FAQ Post 42 from 2008. It seems the walking portion on the Panama side is not possible, and you must take the boats, (see Post 52) going around the Gap, also the military checkpoints will not allow people to continue as described in the 1994 LP Edition.
Jaabaah, have you met or heard of anyone that has crossed the Gap the way you did in the last decade or two?
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