Ok, this was my second crossing of the infamous Darien Gap and I wanted a little different experience this time. On my way south I had taken a sailboat from Carti on the northern coast of Panama directly to Cartagena on the northern coast of Colombia. This time I would be a little more challenging as I would be catching a speed boat in Turbo across the bay to Capurgana, smack dab in the middle of the Darien, on the Caribbean coast just a few kilometers from the Panama border. I had to do export throught the customs office before I left Turbo. But, I would wait to do my exit processing and get my passport stamped at the tiny Migrations office in Capurgana, a tiny village with no motor vehicles. From there I would take another small boat ride across the border into Panama arriving in a the tiny village of Puerto Obaldia. There I would wait for a week to catch a ride on a Kuna cargo boat that would stop at villages along the San Blas islands eventually making its way to Portobelo Panama where there was a road.
This was an exciting trip for a number of reasons. It was over 30,000 miles thru Latin America and the Andes mountains, and I didn't speak much Spanish. There was also the small detail of the Darien Gap. And, then there was "Death Road" in Bolivia - supposedly the most dangerous road in the world.
Anyway, I blogged about the entire journey right here.