On Friday, 1st March our Darien Gap expedition began. This is a pioneering jungle expedition deep into the once-thought of as impenetrable Darien gap in search of lost civilisations, 5,000 year old petroglyphs and the last of the Embera Indians
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2nd March, Day 1 – Team meet and assemble in Panama City
3nd March, Day 2 – Traveled by car and then by boat deep into the jungle. In village with hammocks slung under roof no walls, playing footy with kids.
4th March, Day 3 – Good day. 8.5km trek after early morning boat to start. Trekking quite tough due to humidity, camped by river and saw monkeys
5th March Day 4 - Great primary jungle. Hard work cutting paths through steep hills. River every 200m. Fireflies in camp last night.
6th March Day 5 - In Embera vilage called Wina after scrambling over a 500m peak, tough but good day! Aim to camp at petroglyphs tomorrow.
7th March Day 6 - Darien Update – Day 6 Camped at petroglyphs very cool, mark got stone rubbings, currently watching gold panners over lunch.
8th March Day 7 – Back at Wina, good day scrambling back and swimming in pools.
9th March Day 8 - Half day boat move after wild boar for breakfast then 8km through secondary jungle to Bayamon. Ready for 2 day push to coast over mountain range.
10th March Day 9 - 14km through secondary jungle and plantation. Going hard but the end very much in sight.
11th March Day 10 – Today epic over mountain ended by a run into the pacific, everyone feeling their feet so very steep decent was tough. 4km along beach tomorrow to playa muerto and finish.
12th March Day 11 – In Playa Muerto after 2km along beach at low tide. Chill and beer, hammocks up in large hut. Going by boat all way to panama city tomorrow.