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In early December we packed up and shipped out the kayaks from Panama and made our way back to the States after an extended stay in Guatemala. The final journals, and photo galleries from hidden Mayan villages in the Altiplano are coming next month.

In the meantime we encourage you to make a journey of your own by venturing into the most recent galleries from Panama that feature the most colorful and diverse native communities in all of Central America. Jean-Philippe’s most recent images are collectively the best of the entire expedition. See ritual dancing, body painting, weaving and carving from the Embera and Wounan people of Panama’s Darien jungle. See the Ngobe-Bugle people from the western highlands trek to the Pacific shore and harvest salt in a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. And experience the shuddering thrills of paddling the huge surf of Panama’s Pacific shore.

And finally, to give you perspective on what it takes to make an expedition like this happen read Luke’s story “A Foot in the Door.” It is a revealing look into the inner sanctum of modern village politics and into the delicate negotiations we have had to make with often jaded and wary locals in order to complete our documentaries.

View our Panama Photos: 

"Embera & Waounan 1" and "Embera & Waounan 2" These galleries include ritual dancing, body painting, jungle survival, scenes of daily life , weaving and craft making.

"Kuna & Ngobe" Colorful Kuna dress and Ngobe daily life.

"Surf Kayaking Playa Venao" for some of the best kayak action photos from the entire expedition!

Read Luke's story: “A Foot in the Door“


Our luck has not improved. Serious misadventures earlier this summer on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica during the approach to the Panamanian border forced us to adjourn the expedition to rest and heal. We recently returned to the kayaks to paddle onward from the western border of Panama and Jean-Philippe again fell into some bad fortune. Read Luke's account of the accident and view JP's first photo galleries from Panama.

Read Luke's Journal: “Watch your step in a Banana Republic“ and “Bumping into Noriega’s Legacy“


While Jean-Philippe let his shoulder to heal for most of the summer, he wasn't sitting idle. He edited a backlog of 10.000 slides. He now offers you an incredible selection that starts with the first Panama galleries.

View our Photos: "Surf Kayaking Playa Venao" for some of the best kayak action photos from the entire expedition!

 "Panama City" is a study in contrasts. JP's selection of photos from the slums, the modern high-rise district and the Old City show all facades of the bustling capital.

Earlier this year, we visited the "Kuna" people, paddled and island-hopped through their archipelago homeland and returned with colorful photos.


Our adventures on the Osa Peninsula proved to be too much to handle. Accidents in remote areas without road access are worst-case scenarios. JP’s injury on a crash landing forced us to look for evacuation options and alternates to paddling out. With extreme effort and a bit of luck, both of us, both of the boats and all of the gear overcame encounters with 10-foot shore breaks, saltwater crocodiles and bull sharks to make it to the road on the other side of the peninsula. Read Jean-Philippe’s gripping journal.

Read Jean-Philippe's Journal: "No Way Out of Paradise"


The rainy season has arrived and we're right out in it. Our most recent leg of paddling took us along the 
southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The waves were bigger than we expected and launchings and 
landings on unknown beaches were technical and nerve-wracking. Ultimately all of the skills that we have accrued over the past two and a half years were not enough to keep us out of harm's way. Read about the accident in Jean-Philippe's journal installment from Corcovado, Osa Peninsula, the most remote national park in Costa Rica.

Read Jean-Philippe's Journal: "Far and Away, Accident on the remote Osa Peninsula"


The rainy season is upon us as we look to return to our kayaks for a challenging month of paddling. We head back north to complete our official itinerary in Costa Rica (we came to Panama early because of a special opportunity to paddle the Kuna Yala). Over the next four weeks we will battle Pacific surf and wet weather from the Nicoya Peninsula in northern Costa Rica to the Azuero Peninsula in Panama. Look for journal updates in early June. 

Read Luke's Journal: Kuna Yala


We head back to Panama with mixed emotions. The Kunas have their own laws and own way to do things. At moments we felt welcome and comfortable, at others we felt out of place and frustrated. We  accomplished some of the documentary work we had in mind. The rest, the images we were only allowed to capture in our mind's eye, shall remain the domain of the proud Kuna themselves. 

Read Luke's Journal: Kuna Yala


The San Blas archipelago or "Kuna Yala" as it is called by its inhabitants is a tropical paradise. We have found that the Kuna people maintain strict control of their land and have preserved their environment and their culture with minimal outside influence. Few foreigners venture outside of the established tourist routes. Read about our experiences and interactions with the people while paddling through the Land of the Kunas.

Read Luke's Journal: Kuna Yala


The bright lights of Panama City, the most cosmopolitan city in Central America, guided us in from the Azuero peninsula. We only had a couple days to rest and enjoy the sights and sounds before departing for the Kuna Yala (San Blas Islands). The tiny island communities of the Kuna people are densely packed and colorful. They resonate with the culture of a proud people. As an outsider there is a powerful energy, occasionally unsettling, that you feel while strolling in the streets. Read our final accounts from Azuero and our first entry from the Kuna Yala. 

Read Luke's Journal: Azuero Pensinsula, and Kuna Yala


We are on the Azuero peninsula of Panama a little ahead of schedule. Don't worry, we aren't cheating, we will get back to Costa Rica to finish the Pacific coast later this spring. Now we have an incredible opportunity to paddle the San Blas Islands, the homeland of the Kuna people. The two weeks paddling from Azuero into Panama City and the Canal Zone will be a warm up. Mentally, it has been rough readjusting to the paddling routine and physically the waves have given us some unexpected challenges. Check out the first journal entries.

Read Luke's Journal: Azuero Pensinsula, Panama

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Follow our Itinerary for the Pacific Coast of PANAMA


Each country page is now a complete resource. Check out the sections on tourist information with tips and recommendations for discerning adventure travelers. As well, CASKE 2000 is now E-commerce enabled. Our Recommended Books on each country page can be purchased through Amazon. Check it out.

View our Pages for each country: 


Distant winter storms and off-shore winds combine to produce massive surf on the Pacific side of Costa Rica this time of year. We will have our work cut out for us. The website is better than ever. We streamlined the Belize and Honduras journals to the best of the best. A new slide show livens up the Baja photo gallery. Check them out We're off shortly to Panama and will be on the water in a couple days. Pacific waves await us. Happy New Year and an adventure-filled 2001 to all.

Read Luke's story: Ostional, Nicoya Peninsula  “Pacific Waves: Deceptive Power”

New Baja Slide Show

Edited Belize and Honduras Journals (If you never read them, now is a good time)

New Itinerary for the Pacific Coast of COSTA RICA

New Itinerary for the Pacific Coast of PANAMA


Merry Christmas to all. Jean-Philippe is in Venezuela at the moment after a scouting mission on the Amazon to plan a potential paddling route. Luke is back in the States working to process the thousands of slides we took in the last few months. We are about to return to Costa Rica to paddle the Pacific coast. You should not miss Luke's new piece on the Pacific waves that await us. Follow us as we launch from Ostional and progress along the coast to Panama. Check our new itinerary. If not eaten by a croc or an anaconda, J-P will be back in civilization with a new story for the next update!

Read Luke's story: Ostional, Nicoya Peninsula  “Pacific Waves: Deceptive Power”


Guatemala is the most colorful country in Central America. Its indigenous groups have retained many of their traditions. The costumes alone are pieces of art. We visited the small village of Todos Santos to document their biggest festival of the year. Texts and photos are forthcoming. In the meantime, don't miss Jean-Philippe's account of traveling through Guatemala.

Read Jean-Philippe's story: From Tikal to the Altiplano:  Ancient and Modern Mayan Cultures in Guatemala

View our Photos from Guatemala

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