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The TransPanamá trail first took form as an idea to create a long distance trek that would cross Panama entirely, joining the borders with Colombia and Costa Rica. Rick Morales was the first person to thru-hike it, finishing his trip on September 2011. Since then, no one else has done it again in one go, but that might change soon.

David Byers, an outdoor enthusiast from Maryland, USA, decided to do a thru-hike of the TransPanamá trail this year, updating the route mapped by Rick Morales years ago. David, a US Peace Corps volunteer, has spent a significant amount of time working in isolated communities in Panama, and his résumé includes trail building and signalization in the country’s protected areas with the NGO Caminando Panamá. In June 2017, David will start the long road from the Darién Gap towards the western highlands.

Follow David’s adventure through his webpage thetranspanamatrail.com and his Instagram account, @transpanamatrail.

The website for the TransPanama trail is currently being updated. In the meantime, please visit our former webpage.