I stood looking out over the Panama Canal searching for inspiration for the Time as a Traveller post. My first natural response after seeing the museum and the movie was of course ‘great feats of human engineering’. But then I watched a huge container ship navigate the canal, and I thought of… water. Yes, plain, simple Water. Despite the mass hydraulics and various fancy mechanics that enable the canal to function, what it really comes down to is the power of water. Something that in small amounts trickles between your fingers, but in mass quantities has the power to move container ships weighing thousands of tones.
And so this is where I begin. With the beauty and power of water, and the abilities of something so simple to create great change…
The Pan American highway stretches about 48,000 km from Alaska all the way down to Ushuaia in the south of Argentina… With one exception. A teeny tiny 87km gap, call the Darién.
This small stretch of jungle shouldn’t be underestimated. Whether it be drugs, guns, corrupt military, random bullets, fierce wild life or the occasional kidnapping… the Darién is inhospitable in every sense of the word (Dark Roasted Blend do a great article summing it up).