walking the Darien Gap

In March of 1987 I and my friend John Parker crossed the Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia. This is an area of mostly primary rain forest and Indigenous peoples where there are no roads, little civilization and no Ten Commandments. This journey took us 11 days. We used no boats or guides or porters, and it was without question the most difficult backpacking I have yet encountered. 


I cannot recommend this journey at the present because of the political violence in the region. 

(From the October 1988 issue of South American Explorer.)












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