Braving the Darien Gap, 1997

1999, 48 minutes.

In their adventurous youth John, Dave and Niels hiked, paddled and bushwhacked through the borderlands of Panama and Colombia.  This 250-kilometre stretch of rivers, mountains and dense jungle is the only stretch where the Pan-American Highway doesn’t run. It’s called the Darien Gap.  In 1997 the three buddies turn 50, and what better way to prove their enduring youthfulness than to repeat the adventure?  But things have changed in the Darien.  Colombian guerrillas, drug barons and vicious paramilitary units are fighting it out, and civilians live in fear.  But the journey must go on, even if the ending is not what was planned.

3 Responses to “Braving the Darien Gap, 1997”

  1. Rebecca Hefel February 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Hello, Just finished watching your amazing documentary after meeting up with Neil’s at a bed and breakfast here in Quito, Ecuador. Was so very interesting and we are wondering did you, Neils or John ever get to meet up again with Roberto?

    Please pass on to Neil’s how much we enjoyed our conversation with him. We will not forget it. Thank you.

    Rebecca Hefel

    • ole.gjerstad February 11, 2015 at 6:50 am #

      Niels found him selling bread on the street in Cartagena.

    • ole gjerstad February 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

      Hi Rebecca,
      Niels and I searched and found that Norberto was selling bread on the streets of Cartagena. Niels went looking but just missed him. So that’s the story….

      Ole and Niels

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