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Inside The Notorious Darien Gap

Darien Jungle Panama

Pirre Mountain in the Darien Gap

Darien Province, Panama

The Darien Gap is a remote, roadless swath of jungle on the border of Panama Colombia. Known as a drug smuggling corridor between the two countries, it’s rarely seen by outsiders.

When asked what my favorite experiences are after 4 years of travel, I usually describe camping on an erupting volcano in Guatemala, or my journey into the Darien Gap. The Darien has an almost mythical quality to it — a mysterious land full of exotic plants, rare wildlife, indigenous people, and dangerous paramilitary groups.

Largely untouched by the modern world, the Darien is one of the least visited places on the planet.

In the Fall of 2011 I spent 5 days exploring the Darien Gap with a friend. Cutting my way through this formidable wilderness with a machete to discover if these myths were true.

I hope my photos give you a fascinating glimpse into this unique part of Latin America.

Bridge Darien Panama

Entrance Into the Darien Jungle

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