Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Cartagena Canon

We didn’t know a single thing about Cartagena (pronounced: Cart-ah-hay-nah, also called Cartagena de Indias) before the city forced its way onto our route by being the receiving location of our shipped car. Honestly, if the Darien wasn’t a Gap, we probably still wouldn’t. We think that a Colombian acquaintance we had in Raleigh might … Read more

Darien Gap Expenses

Our Darien Gap experiences have occurred (and been written about) in segments, and after completing our crossing we were compelled to calculate the total financial impact of this overlanders’ endeavor. We knew well in advance that the time we spent crossing the Darien was going to call for grossly atypical expenses, making the jump from … Read more

Opening the container at Contecar

So you’ve shipped your car from Panama, made it into Cartagena yourself, and now are ready to go about getting your car out of its container and out of the port (for all of our articles in the Darien Gap series, click here). Somewhat detailed maps of the places you will need to go to … Read more

Colombia Entrance Stamp

We normally (but not this time!) cross borders by land in a CR-V with US passports and our two dogs. We do not carry drugs or weapons or disallowed fruit (usually). These articles are not a definitive guide to crossing borders nor should they be used as a sole source of information. They are our … Read more

Dogs on Palette on Forklift

If you’re just joining us in this series of Darien Gap posts, you can read about what the Darien Gap is here. If you’re driving, check out how to prepare ahead of time here, how to complete the Panamanian side of vehicle shipping here, how to complete the Colombian side of vehicle shipping here, how to … Read more

Panama City

Our time in Panama was polar, split between the preparations of our impending cross into South America and the enjoyment of city life in a country that offers many unanticipated lessons about our own. As we lifted into the air on our way to Colombia on Monday morning, sprawling green hills beneath us met the … Read more

Getting ready to load

By now you have theoretically decided on a shipping company or agent and set up a date to load your vehicle into its container (read this post for more info on preparation – if you are waaayyy behind, here is an explanation of what the Darien Gap is). What follows is a step by step … Read more

Craft Beer in Panama City

September 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Food | Panama | The Places We've Been - (0 Comments)
La Rana Dorada Pitcher

As long as we’ve been traveling together, we’ve enjoyed getting to know our destinations through the local beer. For many years this meant visiting craft breweries or purchasing area brews at restaurants or grocery stores. In Raleigh, where we lived before departing on this journey, the metropolitan area has so many craft breweries that visiting … Read more

Caffé Pomodoro, Panama City, Panama

Food is a fantastic way to explore a new culture. We don’t claim to be foodies in any sense of the word and seldom seek out the most exquisite or famous flavors of a city (unless you count pizza and beer), but we do enjoy experiencing authentic food and especially love a good típico breakfast. … Read more