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Darien Gap Guide

Darien Gap Update - November 2012

We have received no new information from anyone traveling to the Darien Gap. 

Darien Gap Update - March 2008

In December we were contacted by a traveler that was attempting to hike the Darien Gap.  He stated that the Panamanian police were NOT allowing any gringos to travel beyond either Yaviza or El Real.  

Darien Gap Update March 2006

Because of the unsettled nature of the Darien Gap we have not made any recent trips into the area.  Our last trip into the Gap was in May of 1999.  At that time we had no problems at all, but since then things have changed and not for the better.  Our Darien Gap Guidebook is no longer available since we have not returned to the Gap to update the information.  

In early 2003 Robert Young Pelton and a couple of fellow travelers ventured into the Darien Gap.  According to what we read in the National Geographic Adventure magazine article they were held against their will for several days before being released, unharmed. 

In mid December 2000 Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder were released (after nine months of captivity) by their guerrilla captors.  They had disappeared earlier in the year, while attempting to cross the Darien Gap from Panama to Colombia.  This is one of the very few rare times that something like this has happened and the outcome is one of celebration!   For more information check out the Electronic Telegraph.  They have written a great book, The Cloud Garden a True Story of Adventure, Survival and Extreme Horticulture. 

The three New Tribes Missionaries that were kidnapped from the village of Pucuro, Panama in the Darien in January of 1993 are now known to have been killed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these three men during this most trying and heartbreaking time.

BECAUSE of the great uncertainty that still runs rampant in the dense jungles of the Darien Gap we DO NOT recommend travel through the Darien Gap of Panama and Colombia at this time.

We no longer have any copies of our guidebooks for sale since we have not returned to the Darien Gap to update the information contained in the guide.  Please feel free to contact us with your questions and we will do what we can to help. 

Internet: patricia@outbackofbeyond.com  

If you are planning on traveling into, or through the Darien Gap of Panama and Colombia please contact us first! My husband and I have spent more time traveling in the "Gap" than just about any other "gringos." We hold a Guinness Book record for the first all land crossing of the Gap via motor vehicle - Jeep, Roads End to Roads End. And more recently we were the first to cross the Gap via motorcycle, Rokon Trail-Breaker, again, all on land, Through the Gap - The Taking of the Windmill. There is very little published on the mysterious Darien Gap, and what is available is not always reliable. Basically, we've "Been There - Done That" so we have put together, hopefully, a very informative reference guide - "THROUGH THE DARIEN GAP- An Adventurer's Guide to Crossing the Darien Gap of Panama and Colombia." Whether you plan to travel by foot, boat, bike, motorcycle, or even 4 x 4 vehicle this guide could be just what you need!  We have included information on guides and how to contact them, best time to travel, shipping information, information on internet cafes, routes with global positioning system coordinates, wages and prices, and most importantly, areas we recommend avoiding. The guide was last up-dated in July of 1999.

If, at any time, you have questions, please feel free to drop us a note. And by all means, please do let us hear of your experiences in the Darien Gap!  In addition, if you require those with first hand experience, we are available as consultants/organizers/guides. 

For more information contact:

Outback of Beyond Adventures
P.O. Box 803
Salmon, ID 83467
Internet: patricia@outbackofbeyond.com  

Send mail to patricia@outbackofbeyond.com   with questions or comments about this web site.
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