Panama just hosted the Summit of the Americas April 10-12, 2015 and although there were presumably many subjects on the agenda, the headline grabber was indisputably the opening of relations between Cuba and the USA for the first time since Castro’s communists ousted the American-backed dictator, Bautista in 1959. Cuba’s socialist dictatorship survived the economic isolation through relations with the Soviet Union, oppression, good healthcare and utter obstinance. It has been
I expect I will continue to think about Darien for some time. It is quite easy to understand why a road has not been punched through to Colombia. The harsh jungle forms a natural barrier against smuggling in all forms. For those of us from a privileged life, it is hard to imagine conditions so miserable as to risk crossing this dangerous strip of land. On this trip I met Cubans travelling overland from Ecuador to USA. Many others have attempted this perilous journey. In Panam
It has turned out to be an adventure, but not perhaps the jungle trek or island hopping adventure I had hope for. After exploring the region as best I could, I went early to the peer to take a boat through rough waters around the point of land that separates Colombia from Panama (on the Caribbean side), to the tiny jungle community of Puerto Obaldia. I had booked a flight with Air Panama from Puerto Obaldia to Panama City and the flight was scheduled for 11:50 AM. The rough-w
On March 22 I fly through the USA to Bogota, Colombia’s capital city. This is primarily an adventure and product development trip.
I have only been to Colombia once before, in 2010, when I was invited by the government of Antioquia (Medellin) to discuss tourism development near the Panamanian border (Re: Darien Gap). So as Finn will be travelling to Australia with his mom, this is my opportunity to go back and explore a little further. After sometime in the highlands, I will