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Darien Gap - It Is Possible to Cross

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1. Posted by drivepanam (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Poorbuthappy.com has an excellent guide for Columbia and starting on page 68 it outlines the complex but possible way to cross the gap. http://poorbuthappy.com/colombia/files/guide1.pdf

Pretty Cool! Happy Traveling

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

Interesting to read, though I would take exception with calling it an overland crossing when the final step is "Flight to Panama city. From Puerto Olbaldia." Plus, frankly, the comment...

Puerto Obaldia is bad. Just bad. Safe, but it is barely a town, and I am very lucky there was a plane the next day. Planes go Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. There is one hotel that is not too bad, besides the rats.

...makes me think that other than doing this to say that you did it, there isn't much value in it.

Of course, I'm the guy who took a train from Paris to Hong Kong in 16 days just to say I did it, so who am I to complain...

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

Of course, I'm the guy who took a train from Paris to Hong Kong in 16 days just to say I did it, so who am I to complain...

This is going wildly off-topic, but would you mind telling me how you went about that?

tnx! Niels

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

I took the TGV from Paris to Belgium and then the night train from Belgium to Moscow. From Moscow you can get a direct train to Beijing via Mongolia, but I took the few different trains so I could briefly spend some time in the cities. I went to Irkutsk, from Irkutsk to Ulaan Bataar, from U.B. to Beijing via Jining. From Beijing, there is an overnight train to Hong Kong. All told, I think the train portion is 10 days/nights of travel (though it may be a bit quicker to get to Germany from France now), and I did 7-8 days of site-seeing in the various cities.

For tickets, I booked online with SNCF (Paris-Brussels), De Bahn (Brussels-Moscow) and Sokol tours (Moscow-Hong Kong). For the Moscow - Hong Kong portion, you can purchase cheaper in person at the stations if you have the time and the inclination to try and make yourself understood.

More advice can be found here:Trans-Mongolian Trip Report, if you wish.

Greg