I just was in the Darrien last August. I fell in love with the people there. VERY KIND. I did not feel it was dangerous. What surprized me was, I even went to an all night dance at 4am where the women dressed up like they were in LA. A very fun experience. That was in a little town called Torte. I had walked from my tiny 3 cot hotel room down the street because I heard music and wanted to see what it was about.
I was in the Darrien Gap filming a low budget movie with a crew of 20 people. Our photos of the Darrien are my favorite. The kids playing soccer are better than real actors in LA! I never felt threaten at all. We had no problems.
I will ask my director about the bus going through the gap. He had to location scout there on his own. It may take him a few days to get back to you.
Please check out the Darrien in -snip- I am the co-producer.
I travel all over the world for a living. I felt scared in New Orleans, 3 months before Katrina. I was out walking in the wrong area trying to find a grocery store. I was lost for an hour in a half. The looks I got sent chills through me.
I have also lived in the middle east and some times, it felt uncomfortable being a blonde women by herself, but I didn't feel threaten.
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found out that no bus goes through the Darrien. You are on your own there. Too much jungle and swap land. You have to make your own roads.
Right! Some aged buses and trucks ply the part of the Darien Gap in Panama that has gravel and dirt road..eventually the roads run out into wilderness paths. No place to 'backpack' at all
In sort of all countries we have these so called dangerous places being in the right place may be the big question, all mentioned countries Panama, Columbia, Brazil these are all mystical beautifull places for a tourist; let say being in the opiom plantation rather than in the beach then hey you are is the hot seat.
Not to mention I dont go countries at war (even civil)
I have not been in any danger because I am careful where I go. Mind that I hope to emigrate to Israel for 1 or 2 years soon, but I don't feel like it's a dangerous place (apart from the Gaza Strip).
The few places I would not be going to a war zones (eg Afghanistan) and places like Saudi Arabia where laws are very strict and where I'd feel that, belonging to a minority myself (I am autistic), I may get in danger because of me being different. According to the press in my native Belgium, our former colony Congo is extremely dangerous as well, but this really depends what part of the country you're in I guess.
Apart from that, although not exactly dangerous, I tend to avoid places frequently practising capital punishment. For moral reasons really, I know places like Singapore or USA aren't dangerous, but I would feel somewhat uncomfortable to support the economy of countries whose government violates the most essential human right. That's a personal opinion though so I won't go declaring countries like USA or Japan or so are dangerous.
Must add as well that people often have the idea of a 'dangerous' place too rapidly. People generalise very often, for example when declaring the Middle East is unsafe. Maybe Saudi Arabia and Iraq are, but what about Dubai or Oman and such who are also Middle Eastern and where you rarely get hassle?
I have been travelling in Pakistan and Iran, I am should say both are safe countries, specially Iran
democratic republic of Congo
sudan (darfur area)
pakistan (in borderareas with afghanistan)
colombia (outside main cities)
areas in israel/palestina conflict
this are the only places which are too dangerous for a traveller to visit. the rest should be safe enough.
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Russia is not a safe place to go for now but I am sure it will become safer soon.
come on. be real...
LOL, Russia is safe enough to travel indeed. Apart from some caucasus republics like Dagestan.