Now that I got your attention, I just want to let the world know that I followed the Pan-American Highway all the way down to the end.
The road ends at a town called Yaviza, a little town surrounded by a river on 3 sides.
You’d think there would be a sign – welcome to the end of the road, you’ve reached the end of the Pan-America Highway, something.
Instead, you get a police station, a garbage bin (really, it is where the police put their garbage) and a chained locked church and the local park center.
There are 2 hotels, one has all A/C rooms, and the other has fans and A/C. No sign indicating that they are hotels. Maybe there is a sign ordinance or something. (I doubt that very much – probably the owners are just to cheap to put up a sign) Both ate newly built buildings, and are the nicest buildings in town.
This is where the indigenous people come to get goods that are shipped into the Darien area that is completely road free – only way in or out is by the river.
On the road leading to Yaviza, the Panama Military writes down your info from your passport, when you arrive. They definitely want to keep track of you down here so close to the jungle and drug trafficking that goes on here.
If one want to enter the Darien area by boat, one need to get permission. The forms, timing and everything else that would be involved would be interesting to do.
With my leg acting up and the idea of camping out in the heat was just not enticing to me. Maybe later, the camping, heat, bugs and animals will become a draw for me – but not on this trip to the end of the road!
So, that was the road trips end in Central America. I am really glad I accomplished that – just a “I want to do that” dream to go to the end of the Pan-American Highway!
Dream, or one more of the bucket list items, accomplished!
Cheers for now!