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1. Posted by algator (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

algator has indicated that this thread is about Colombia

Canadian here. Planning for a road trip adventure to Columbia from Canada. Driving a 3/4 ton and pulling a loaded trailer, I hope to visit coastal tourist destinations. Taking a motorcycle and jet skies, I'd like to know where I most likely would set up for recreational rental. Also open to any pointers on road travel, and best routes. Actually anything you might want to pass on would be interesting for I am new to travel to these areas. Information on currency exchange is also needed as well any information on insurance for vehicals would be appreciated. Anyone out there done this before, or am I totally out of my mind? Anything you feel I should need to know, welcome. Thanks Greg.

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y


Have you researched if it is POSSIBLR to drive (or cross in some way) the Darian Gap in Southern Panama. I was under the impression it was not possible? How is it done?

3. Posted by algator (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

No I havent. What can you tell me about that? And thanks for the intrest by the way.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hey algator,

I'll look into it, but I'm pretty sure not's not a good idea to try and get through the "Darian Gap," like I mentioned I don't even think its possible. Although there may be a way to go by ferry from Panama to Colombia. The Darian Gap is basically a swamp. And the area is also extremely dangerous because of drug smuggling, etc..

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Just looked at a couple posts about the Darian Gap, you can check this link. Doesn't look possible to go by land through the "Darian Gap," it's too difficult and definitely too dangerous:

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Another post I found: (pretty much confirms what I thought that the "Darian Gap" is too dangerous to venture into):

"I actively read and participate on a web board called"The Black Flag Cafe" -- it is a travel web board for people who venture to offbeat and often dangerous places (we're not talking Club Med here).

The host of the web site is Robert Young Pelton, aka RYP, who is a legend when it comes to extreme travel. You might have seen him interview Johnny Walker, "The American Taliban" shortly after his capture in Afghanistan (even before the CIA got to him). His show appears on the Travel Channel, and he wrote a number of popular books, including"Dangerous Places", "The Adventurist", and "Come Back Alive."

RYP has travelled to literally every hot spot in the world, and comes out unscathed, with some amazing stories to tell, and a message of common sense and courtesy that gets you through difficult situations. Anyone who ventures into Chechnya during the most fierce Russian advances there in years certainly has my respect... and one heck of a set of cahones.

A month ago or so, someone named "Meighon" -- who claimed to be a 22 year old girl from CA -- posted about going through the Darien gap in Columbia. This is one of the most dangerous places in the world, because of all of the drug traffic, rebel groups, paramilitary, and other undesirables in the area.

RYP and others (including myself) posted some advice cautioning her about going there... and now RYP and two others (one a 22 year old girl named Megan) end up getting kidnapped by the AUC (a paramilitary group) after a little firefight:

It seems like quite a coincidence, I'd assume that RYP ended up going down through the Darien Gap with the very Megan ('Meighon') who posted on the web board. This is the thread from the Black Flag Cafe web board (my handle on that web board is 'moki')"

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y


"Very few people have actually crossed the Darian Gap. Unless you have a well trained team of locals supporting you, and even with that, I daresay it is close to impossible.

We found a willing SAILBOAT in Cartegena de Indias, Colombia, and sailed northward into Panama, bypassing the Gap and heading home easily. But, don't be fooled. In 2001 when we made the journey, there were few methods for crossing the Gap with your vehicle. Some people, FLEW their vehicles from Panama to Ecuador. Others, look for freight ships."

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Pan-American Highway's missing link

Controversy surrounds effort to extend road through rain forest:

Panama (CNN) -- Here, where Central and South America come together, lies a rain forest containing one of the richest ecological regions on Earth. It's also an obstacle to the completion of the Pan-American Highway, more than 16,000 miles of continuous road from Alaska to the tip of South America.

The only missing link is a 54-mile stretch through two national parks -- one in Panama, the other in Colombia -- that contain the Darien Gap's more than 3 million acres of unspoiled wilderness.

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

As Travel100 has pointed out, it is not possible to drive from Panaman to Columbia. There are no roads through the Darien Gap.

Don't give up on that dream just yet, though. You can ship your car from Panama to Columbia, but it is expensive.

For driving, here's so places to check out:

Lonely Planet - Drive the Pan American

Drive the Pan American - Book for purchase

Driving the Pan American Highway from Travellerspoint

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Well, that's what I found during the last 15 minutes. Guess you'd better come up with an alternate plan.