Information about Panama

Dharma and Dave's Panamerican Adventure

Dave got out of the navy in August 2010, found Dharma on eBay and started driving south from Tucson, Arizona in February 2011 towards who knows where?!

Meet Dharma, a 1972 VW Type II van/bus/microbus/kombi/combi/camper/casa movil/casa rodante! I met her in an online search at in November 2010 after losing a sailboat, my home after 11 years in the navy, to some rocks in Mexico. You might say that Dharma caught me on the rebound. I prefer to think that she has impeccable timing!
I'm Dave. I like getting lost and I choose not to work the 9-5 for the foreseeable future.

The most common question I am asked is: "Andas solo?" "Are you traveling alone?"

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Vehicle shipping across the Darien Gap URGE

Vamos a cruzar de Panamá a Cartagena, la idea es compartir un contenedor para esta semana, la idea sería hacer el inspección mañana (29 de agosto) por la mañana en ciudad Panamá para el miércoles embarcar los carros en puerto Manzanillo Colón. Cualquier interesado comunicarse al +506 8848-1212 por whatsapp o por correo a [email protected]

The entire network of roads in North, Central, and South America connect, except for a 50 km (30 miles) gap between Colombia and Panama known as the Darien Gap. The Darien Gap has been crossed a handful of times by international teams, but is now considered too dangerous to cross due to rebel groups.  We've got the lowdown on how to get you and your car across the Darien Gap. 

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Panama-Borders and Roads

Learn about entering and exiting Panama with a car, road conditions, camping, and hotels in Panama.  

Basic Facts

  • Population: 3,309,679
  • Capital: Panama City
  • Fun fact: By the time the Panama canal was completed, a total of 27,500 workmen are estimated to have died. (OK, not so "fun")
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Additional Panama Border Crossing Information

People's experiences vary depending on crowds at the border, corrupt or honest border officials, and rules can also change. Read about individual experiences at specific borders below.

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