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LEAVING SOUTH AMERICA 11140 KM / DAY 129 / JULY 23, 2011 - 10:44 / USTUPU, PANAMA
The one and only stretch of the South American leg of my journey without any Pan-American Highway is the border between Colombia and Panama - the infamous Darien Gap. Maybe one of the most pristine places remaining on this globe, but also a major drug smuggling route where guerilla, paramilitaries and armed gangs battle over control. With such a tight schedule, wandering around the Darien Gap trying to cross the border is not an option - by sea is the way to go.
I am heading towards the San Blas archipelago, territory of the indigenous Kuna people in Panama. The only way to get there is by boat. The trick is to find a boat that will take me. After two days I find one. First stop - the Panamanian police in the nondescript town of Puerto Obaldia. A gloved officer inspects my luggage meticulously. Wonder what he is looking for since I am coming from Colombia... When he finds my iPad he becomes suspicious: `What is this?` `It`s an iPad sir.` `A what?`
Entering Central America, I am the only passenger going north. Half way, in the village of Ustupu, my captain decides the trip is not making the money he was expecting and doesn`t go any further. So here I am - I`ts beautiful, but remote and without internet. Maybe I should just go with the flow...
DAY 363 FINAL DESTINATION