Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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

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

Maya and Olmec share a kennel

If you missed our latest post detailing what exactly the Darien Gap is and why we keep talking about it, be sure to check it out here. For the past year or so we’ve periodically sat down at a computer, done a bit of searching for articles and websites (Drive the Americas is a particularly … Read more

Darien Gap Map

We’ve been talking about the Darien Gap with increasing frequency over the last month or two. It has existed vaguely in our awareness for a couple of years, but we intentionally delayed any real focus on it so as to avoid unnecessary stress. That luxury has slowly slipped away now as we’ve driven closer and … Read more