Welcome back to our Earth Day series focusing on the most inspiring landscapes across the globe.
In this edition adventurous photographer Matthew Karsten takes us vagabonding across the Darien Gap; a vast forested stretch of terrain bridging Central and South America. One of the most inspiring locations he’s explored, the Darien is renowned for the lawless activities that take place deep within its borders.
Having spent 6 months living in Central America I can empathise with the desire to explore one of its most remote landscapes. The vibrancy of life and lush surroundings instil a thirst for adventure and the desire to live a simplified existence away from the hustle and bustle of life back home.
But would I venture into the lion’s den to satisfy my desire for understanding and unique experiences? After glimpsing the world inside this tropical No Man’s Land I think perhaps I might.
Intro authored by Benjamin Jones
EARTH DAY FOCUS – THE DARIEN GAP
It’s not easy for me to pick a favourite place on Earth, as they’re all special for different reasons. But I can certainly share my most memorable location!
A small stretch of very remote jungle linking Panama and Colombia called The Darien Gap.
The Darien doesn’t have roads. Transportation is by foot or river in long dugout canoes called Piraguas. I wanted to visit due to it’s notorious reputation as a place no one goes. In fact you need special permission from the government because of heavy drug smuggling and paramilitary activity in the area. But once you’re inside, it’s a magical place full of wildlife, nature, and 3 different indigenous groups who call it home. This combination makes for some great photography of course!
I felt like a true explorer when I was travelling through the Darien, and these photos bring back those memories.
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Would you head off the beaten path and into uncharted territory in search of adventure?