the darkest jungle

colombia rainforestIf you’ve got a stomach for adventure and won’t let it put you off your own travels, here’s a great book for your backpack recommendation from Intrepid Twitter follower Bob Kane…

“The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America’s Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas.

Navy Lt. Isaac Strain’s 1854 expedition into the Darién Gap was one of the first to explore the remote, seductive jungle and, without question, one of the unluckiest. They were unable to obtain native guides. They didn’t carry enough provisions. Existing maps were a joke. Vampire bats drank their blood when they were sleeping. Worms hatched under their skin and starting eating their flesh.

I found this story fascinating and it has spurned my desire to someday recreate this trip or at least travel in the same region of Central America. Many nights I have dream about how it must feel to travel in the unknown jungle.”

Tour Central America with Intrepid on trips like these great small group adventures:
Central America Encompassed – 31 days
Central America Explorer – 46 days

* photo by David Suchy – Intrepid Photography Competition

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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