The Darian

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Today hung dugout canoes met our boat and picked up the guest and took them to Mogue, a village of indigenous people in the Darian province of Panama. Lucky me had the day off today, but it is such a rare stop for us, the managers made an effort to get as many crew off the boat as possible. So we also brought our 4 Zodiacs as well, since the hand dug canoes also have a history for not being one hundred percent reliable, but they were today.

 

The last time our boat made the journey to their village was in 2005. Since the cruise we are currently on is a 10 day cruise we are making stop places we usually don’t go, and may not go to the rest of the season.

 

It was such a wonderful experience. They greeted us at the shore playing music and dancing, as we started to walk up the side walk towards the village my hand was taken by a little girl dressed in the traditional style of skirt, necklaces, and tattooed body (I got one too), who continued to walk with me the whole way to the village.

 

On the path to the village we passed pigs, with big muddy snouts from digging in the mud. I never thought pigs were cute before, but whatever kind of pigs these were, were very cute. The path was also littered with what I believe to be left cutter ants, carrying pieces of leaves larger than their bodies.

 

At the village they put on a dance for us, and allowed us to join in as well. I spent most of the time hanging out with a family at their hut with their pet monkey. Sharing chocolate bars and smiling mostly.

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After leaving Mogue, we  actually had one of the dug out canoes lead us to a place called La Palma, which our boat can only access at certain tides, where we filled up our water. The people from the town brought a hose out by boat, to our boat and we filled up, it was quite the production, but you have to get water (and laundry) where you can around here.

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    • Emily
    • December 20th, 2011

    You got a tattooed body?

    • Mum
    • December 21st, 2011

    You are living The Discovery Channel.

    • Lulu
    • December 23rd, 2011

    Wow….Wish I was there to share that! Great picture- Have SO much fun.
    Love you

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