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.

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