Looking for a truly fascinating, yet gripping read? Then look no further than Outside Online, where you’ll find a great piece by Jason Motlagh that takes us into the World’s most dangerous jungle.
In the article, Motlagh travel to South America to explore the infamous Darién Gap, a 160 km (100 mile) long and 50 km (31 mile) wide stretch of land on Panamas border with Colombia, that has remained remote, wild, and completely untamed for centuries. A haven for drug-runners and rebel guerrillas that are a part of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Gap is known for its thick forests, murky swamplands, and twisting rivers that have all conspired with one another to make it a nearly impassable barrier for those traveling through what is best characterized as one of the most impenetrable places on Earth.
The Gap is a major highway for smugglers looking to move immigrants across South America and north towards the United States. Unfortunately, the way through the jungle is incredibly difficult, and many who enter never come out the other side.
Over the years, explorers, journalists, researchers, and even adventure travelers have been swallowed up by the jungle, never to be heard from again. To say that this is one of the most dangerous places in the world would be an understatement, which adds to its fascinating story.
Motlagh’s story is an incredibly interesting tale, told as he travels into the Gap to meet with FARC officials and to witness first hand the human trafficking that takes places there. His tale provides some perspective on this unique place, and just how difficult it is to travel through. It will also give you some idea why most people who travel along the Pan American Highway avoid it altogether, choosing to take a ferry around the jungle instead.
Read the entire story here and ponder what exactly it must be like in this dark, dangerous corner of our planet.