Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Darien Gap: Travels in the Rainforest of Panama” as Want to Read:
The Darien Gap: Travels in the Rainforest of Panama
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Darien Gap: Travels in the Rainforest of Panama

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Finalist for the 2009 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

If you want to drive from North America to South America, you'll have a hard time when you reach Panama's southernmost province, Darien. The Pan-American Highway ends just sixty miles short of Colombia. It's the only missing link in what would otherwise be uninterrupted highway from Alaska to Tierra del Fueg
Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 16th 2008 by Harbour Publishing (first published April 14th 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Darien Gap, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Darien Gap

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.76  · 
Rating details
 ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews

Sort order
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
When I first got this book, I was concerned that I might be picking up the chronicles of a pretentious adventure-seeker. One of those intrepid but ignorant fools that dive into some unknown region simply because they're told they shouldn't. Danger-seekers. I mean, there's nothing wrong with a little excitement. I'm all for living and experiencing life. But that doesn't mean that I want to go around being willfully reckless. So, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when I found this guy to be p ...more
Leah Kinthaert
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's my own lack of researching this author before I bought it to blame for my disappointment that there was very little mention of anything to do with nature, animals or plants in this book - Mitchinson is not a naturalist. It's certainly an astounding thing he did, just not something I am interested in - the politics and personalities of the region. However the small tidbits of history (they were going to use 275 nuclear explosions in the 1960s early 70s to build a Panama-type Canal in the reg ...more
Dan Nimak
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very nice mix of the author's experience and travels - along with the history - of this area. Thoroughly enjoyed!!
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, history, travel
Does anyone else find travelogues kind of self-indulgent and useless? If not then prove me wrong with a recommendation.

So this is about a guy who travels around Darien, Panama for a year trying to find himself. My major problem with it is how pathetic the author's problems are compared to the life of the people he's living with. A day with them should have made him realise he doesn't have any problems and that his presence there isn't helping anyone. The local people look at him as someone who
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This summers must read.

The Drien Gap is a well-written autobiography about a man who gives up a life of Canadian luxury of food, clothing, education, safety and health care for the hardship in a third world country. The trip is either to find himself or to escape, which leaves the reader guessing throughout his epic journey.

His story combines the hardships of his travels interwoven with the history of the Spanish and Scottish vicious attacks to conquer the rights of passage.
Walter Kdz
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on a region of the world few people hear about. Its both a contemporary travel book and regional history book. Informal style, but no fluff. The photographs also give it a bit of value a pictorial record.
Stephen Krause
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A good book especially if you have been anywhere in the area and can associate with what the author is writing.
Steve Wilson
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mix of history and adventure. Panama can be a pretty wild place!
rated it really liked it
May 19, 2012
rated it really liked it
Mar 21, 2013
rated it really liked it
Feb 02, 2017
rated it liked it
Sep 01, 2010
Cameron Cozac
rated it liked it
Feb 27, 2019
rated it liked it
May 08, 2013
rated it liked it
Dec 07, 2011
Steve Schill
rated it really liked it
May 04, 2009
rated it it was amazing
Aug 16, 2017
rated it liked it
Mar 13, 2013
christopher l wood
rated it really liked it
Sep 04, 2015
Michelle Hollis
rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2016
Bruno de Maremma
rated it liked it
Jun 14, 2009
rated it really liked it
Jun 04, 2009
regina dentata
rated it really liked it
Jul 10, 2012
rated it liked it
Dec 08, 2012
rated it liked it
Jul 24, 2008
rated it really liked it
Jan 28, 2018
rated it really liked it
Jul 30, 2012
rated it really liked it
Dec 27, 2014
Patricia E. Upton
rated it really liked it
Nov 02, 2014
Lorne Daniel
rated it really liked it
Jul 03, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »