Darién Gap

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The Darién Gap is a break across the South American and North American continents, consisting of a large watershed, forest and mountains in the northern portion of Colombia's Chocó Department and Panama's Darién Province.wikipedia
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Colombia

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The Darién Gap is a break across the South American and North American continents, consisting of a large watershed, forest and mountains in the northern portion of Colombia's Chocó Department and Panama's Darién Province.
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country largely situated in the north of South America, with land and territories in North America.

Pan-American Highway

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The Pan-American Highway also has a corresponding gap of 106 km in length, beginning at Turbo, Colombia and ending at Yaviza, Panama.
Except for a rainforest break of approximately 106 km, called the Darién Gap, the roads link almost all of the Pacific coastal countries of the America in a connected highway system.

Darién Province

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The Darién Gap is a break across the South American and North American continents, consisting of a large watershed, forest and mountains in the northern portion of Colombia's Chocó Department and Panama's Darién Province.
The area surrounding the border with Colombia is known as the Darién Gap, a large swath of undeveloped swampland and forest.

Americas

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The Darién Gap is a break across the South American and North American continents, consisting of a large watershed, forest and mountains in the northern portion of Colombia's Chocó Department and Panama's Darién Province.
Tropical rainforest climate occurs in the latitudes of the Amazon, American cloud forests, Florida and Darien Gap.

Panama

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The Darién Gap is a break across the South American and North American continents, consisting of a large watershed, forest and mountains in the northern portion of Colombia's Chocó Department and Panama's Darién Province.
The highest point in the country is the Volcán Barú, which rises to 3,475 m. A nearly impenetrable jungle forms the Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia where Colombian guerrillas and drug dealers operate and sometimes take hostages.

Serranía del Darién

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The Panamanian side, in sharp contrast, is a mountainous rainforest, with terrain reaching from 60 m in the valley floors to 1845 m at the tallest peak (Cerro Tacarcuna, in the Serranía del Darién).
The Serranía del Darién is a small mountain range on the border between Colombia and Panamá in the area called the Darién Gap.

Turbo, Colombia

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The Pan-American Highway also has a corresponding gap of 106 km in length, beginning at Turbo, Colombia and ending at Yaviza, Panama.
Turbo lies near the southeastern tip of the Darién Gap and is the northern terminus of the main route of the Pan-American Highway in South America.

Cueva people

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The Darién Gap is home to the Embera-Wounaan and Kuna (and the former home of the Cueva people before the 16th century).
The Cueva were an indigenous people who lived in the Darién region of eastern Panama.

Yaviza

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The Pan-American Highway also has a corresponding gap of 106 km in length, beginning at Turbo, Colombia and ending at Yaviza, Panama.
The town marks the southeastern end of the northern half of the Pan-American Highway, at the north end of the Darién Gap.

Los Katíos National Park

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Two major national parks exist in the Darién Gap: Darién National Park in Panama and Los Katíos National Park in Colombia.
The elevation ranges between 50 and 600 m. It is a part of the Darién Gap, a densely forested area shared by Panama and Colombia, and is contiguous with the Darién National Park in Panama.

Copa Airlines Flight 201

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On 6 June 1992, Copa Airlines Flight 201, a Boeing 737 jet airplane covering a flight between Panama City and Cali, Colombia, crashed in the Darién Gap, killing all 47 people on board.
On 6 June 1992, the Boeing 737-204 Advanced operating the route rolled, entered a steep dive, then disintegrated in mid-air, and crashed into the jungle of the Darién Gap 29 minutes after takeoff, killing all 47 people on board.

Gulf of Urabá

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They spent the most time in the Gulf of Urabá, where they made contact with the Cunas.
A study by Bio-Pacifico has suggested, as an alternative to building a 54‑mile (87 km) link across the Darién Gap to complete the Pan-American Highway, that the Panama section of the highway be extended to the Caribbean coast and end at the Gulf of Urabá, then be connected by ferry to existing highways in Colombia.

Wade Davis (anthropologist)

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Sebastian Snow crossed the Gap with Wade Davis in 1975 as part of his unbroken walk from Tierra del Fuego to Costa Rica.
In 1974, at age 20, he crossed the Darien Gap on foot in the company of the English author and amateur explorer, Sebastian Snow.

George Meegan

In 1981, George Meegan crossed the gap on a similar journey.

Crucero Express

In the 1990s, the gap was briefly joined by ferry service, provided by Crucero Express, but this company ceased operations in 1997.
The Crucero Express was the only company to provide ferry service between Panama and Colombia, enjoining the two unconnected segments of the Pan-American Highway (which is broken between North and South America by the impassable Darién Gap).

Ian Hibell

The first fully overland wheeled crossing (others used boats for some sections) of the Gap was that of British cyclist Ian Hibell, who rode from Cape Horn to Alaska between 1971 and 1973.
He is recognised as first to cycle the Darién Gap in Panama and from south to north of the Americas.

John Blashford-Snell

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A pair of Range Rovers was used on the British Trans-Americas Expedition in 1972 led by John Blashford-Snell, which is claimed to be the first vehicle-based expedition to traverse both American continents north to south through the Darién Gap.
Amongst his expeditions were the first descent of the Blue Nile, during which he invented white-water rafting 'by accident' (in 1968); crossing of the Darién Gap (1971 to 1972) and overseeing the first north–south vehicular journey from Alaska to Cape Horn; and a complete navigation of the Congo River (in 1974 to 1975).

Robert Young Pelton

In 2003, Robert Young Pelton, on assignment for National Geographic Adventure magazine, and two traveling companions, Mark Wedeven and Megan Smaker, were detained for one week by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a far-right paramilitary organization, in a highly publicized incident.
In January 2003, Pelton was on assignment for National Geographic Adventure in the Darién Gap when two 22-year-old travelers and he were abducted by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.

Darién National Park

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Two major national parks exist in the Darién Gap: Darién National Park in Panama and Los Katíos National Park in Colombia.
The park is also notable for the Darien Gap, the only break in the Pan-American Highway on its intercontinental path from Argentina to Alaska.

Sebastian Snow

Sebastian Snow crossed the Gap with Wade Davis in 1975 as part of his unbroken walk from Tierra del Fuego to Costa Rica.
His travel companion during the gruelling and dangerous traversal of the Darien Gap was a young Canadian, Wade Davis, later to gain fame in his own right as an ethno-botanist and author.

Banged Up Abroad

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Dyke and Winder later documented their experience in the book The Cloud Garden and in an episode of Locked Up Abroad.

Jason Motlagh

The journalist Jason Motlagh was interviewed by Sacha Pfeiffer on NPR's nationally syndicated radio show On Point in 2016 concerning his work following migrants through the Darién Gap.
He was interviewed by Sacha Pfeiffer on NPR's nationally syndicated radio show On Point in 2016 concerning his work following migrants through the Darién Gap.

Tom Hart Dyke

In 2000, two British travelers, Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder, were kidnapped by FARC in the Darién Gap while hunting for exotic orchids, plants for which Dyke has a particular passion.
In 2000, Hart Dyke was kidnapped by suspected FARC guerrillas in the Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia while hunting for rare orchids, a plant for which he has a particular passion.

Sapzurro

This is by motorboat across the Gulf of Uraba from Turbo to Capurganá, and then hopping the coast to Sapzurro and hike from there to La Miel, Panama.
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Orchid hunting

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In 2000, two British travelers, Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder, were kidnapped by FARC in the Darién Gap while hunting for exotic orchids, plants for which Dyke has a particular passion.
Tom Hart Dyke, a plant hunter who follows the tradition of the Victorian and Edwardian orchid hunters, was held in 2000 by kidnappers thought to be FARC guerillas in the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, while hunting for rare orchids, a plant for which he has a particular passion.