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Dugout Canoes and Rivers in Panama

I loved spending time in the Darien jungle of Panama; to me it is the most beautiful place on earth. I love the tropical downpours and the sound of the rain coming through the treetops. I loved associating with the people that lived there. Rivers are the highways and dugout canoes are the means of transpiration. There are two races of Indians, Choco and Kuna. Choco women only wear a skirt and the Kuna woman wear bright colored dresses from head to toe. Choco Indians live in thatched roof homes with no walls. Everyone knows what the neighbors are doing. Kuna live in thatched roof homes with bamboo walls. Their lifestyle is the same as it was hundreds of years ago. It is like going back in time.

I spent a lot of time in the jungle, camping by myself and panning for gold. I had a 30-foot dugout canoe to travel the rivers and had a two wheel drive motorcycle that would take me anyplace in the jungle. Below are some of the photos I took.

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Bayano River bridge, mid 1970s.

Bayano River now Bayano Lake, 1981.

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