2019 Darién Gap Expeditions

Location: Panama - Coiba, Santa Catalina and Bahia Honda 

Leader: Captain Hennie Marais

Dates:  Mar 2-9, Mar 23-30, Jun 8-15, Jun 22-29 

Number of Participants: 10


The Darién Gap is a break in the Pan-American Highway consisting of a large swath of undeveloped swampland and forest within Panama's Darién Province and the northern portion of Colombia's Chocó Department in South America. The gap begins in Yaviza, Panama and ends in Turbo, Colombia, and is 106 km (66 miles) long. The Darién Gap is home to the Embera-Wounaan and Kuna (and the former home of the Cueva people before their extermination in the 1th century). Travel is often by dugout canoe (piragua). 


Expedition Highlights

This is a 7-day expedition, which will get you in the water to surf, sea kayak, fish,  learn about marine conservation, and the local environment, and take part in engaging talks about local culture and life including visiting local villages in one of the most remote parts of the world. Travel by boat to visit Embera-Wounaan and Kuna tribes. 


Primary Accommodations 

Darién Base Camp 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival day 

Arrival Tocumen International Airport in Panama. You will be met on arrival and transported to hotel for overnight stay. Panama City is a vibrant international city with great restaurants and night life. Hotel accommodations vary from 5-star hotels to hostels and guesthouses. Transfer by small plane or boat depending on weather


Day 2-7

Day two the adventure really begins. Depending on weather and tides we will be moving from land to water. Our days will be filled with kayaking, surfing, deserted island and beach exploration, fishing, lectures and discussions about the local environment and people. Every day will bring something new and nature never disappoints in this remote and undisturbed part of the world.

Day 7

Transfer to Tocumen International Airport in Panama.


What’s Included

· Double room accommodations on hotel nights

· Two to three meals a day, as indicated

· Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach as well as transfers for group as appropriate

· English speaking guide/interpreter to accompany during the whole touring period

· Admission and fees to parks

· Guest speakers at many dinners


What’s Not Included

· Airfares, international and domestic.

· Travel/health insurance (recommended)

· Other personal expenses like overseas calls and laundry

· Certifications such as PADI open water or wilderness first aid


Physical Level

OLI requires travelers to be in good physical shape and health. The tour may involve: long days (usually 8+ hours), a substantial amount of physical activity in very remote locations. Being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys by bus, and other similarly challenging scenarios. If you have questions or concerns, please email info@outdoorleadershipinstitute.org so we can help determine if the trip is appropriate for you.


Base Trip Price: $1400

Final payment is due 90 days before departure. 


Itinerary Disclaimer
While we do our best to adhere to the itinerary, traveling to remote parts of 

the world requires flexibility, and changes to specific interactions and other activities may occur. In addition, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and changes to timetables and transport routes, which can happen with little notice. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time. Each day we will update you on the program and keep you informed throughout the trip.


OLI may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events, it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If OLI cancels the trip, traveler can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.