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Volume 15, Number 14
August 21, 2009

lifestyle

Also in this section:
Driving to Yaviza
A US military medical mission in Darien
Panama's National Lasso Competition
Alcohol a primary, but not the only, factor in Panama's all-time deadliest traffic accident
Silver surprise, disappointment for Panama's thinclads in Berlin
Scenes from the International Book Fair at ATLAPA
US foundation boosts schools here

The road to Yaviza 1
Lunch break ends with the rain coming off the
thatched roof of a rustic Panama Este diner.

You can get there from here easily enough
The road to Yaviza
photos by Eric Jackson

Road to Yaviza 2
Kuna country is not just Kuna Yala. Among other places, it includes the
Madungandi Comarca, whose headquarters is near the Bayano Bridge.

Road to Yaviza 3
Are your papers in order? A border cop in Cañazas, where
Darien begins, scrutinizes the list of people on the bus.

Road to Yaviza 4
Time to pull over for a cattle stampede on the road.

Road to Yaviza 5
The modified Embera-style meeting house at the Fundacion
Pro Niños del Darien agro-ecological education center.

Road to Yaviza 6
The meeting center from the inside. In traditional Embera
architecture, a ladder is a tree trunk with notches.


Road to Yaviza 7
The most populous parts of Panama don't have many
earthquakes and those tend to be light. However, at

at either end of Panama things are more seismically
active, as these cracks in a Darien building indicate.

Road to Yaviza 8
At the crack of dawn, this bird's letting everyone know who's the boss.

Road to Yaviza 9
Although they don't seem to care very much one way or another,
early in the morning the howler monkeys don't mind being SEEN.
However, they make a great effort to ensure that they are HEARD.


On the road again, near Meteti.

Road to Yaviza 11
They have ALMOST finished paving the road to Yaviza, but there's a stretch just past Meteti
that's not yet done and in a few other places along the way the pavement has broken up.

Road to Yaviza 12
Despite rough spots, you can get there from here without a four-wheel drive.

Road to Yaviza 13
Lunch at a Yaviza fonda.

Road to Yaviza 14
The road ends here. Transportation in the rest of the Darien is by boats, aircraft or jungle trails.

Also in this section:
Driving to Yaviza
A US military medical mission in Darien
Panama's National Lasso Competition
Alcohol a primary, but not the only, factor in Panama's all-time deadliest traffic accident
Silver surprise, disappointment for Panama's thinclads in Berlin
Scenes from the International Book Fair at ATLAPA
US foundation boosts schools here

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