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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
Kuna country is not just Kuna Yala. Among other places, it includes the
Madungandi Comarca, whose headquarters is near the Bayano Bridge.
Are your papers in order? A border cop in Cañazas, where
Darien begins, scrutinizes the list of people on the bus.
Time to pull over for a cattle stampede on the road.
The modified Embera-style meeting house at the Fundacion
Pro Niños del Darien agro-ecological education center.
The meeting center from the inside. In traditional Embera
architecture, a ladder is a tree trunk with notches.
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.
At the crack of dawn, this bird's letting everyone know who's the boss.
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.
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.
Despite rough spots, you can get there from here without a four-wheel drive.
Lunch at a Yaviza fonda.
The road ends here. Transportation in the rest of the Darien is by boats, aircraft or jungle trails.
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