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Martin Mitchinson visits Vancouver and Saskatoon


July 3, 2008

Travel writer, Martin Mitchinson will be presenting a talk on his adventures in the Darien Gap at Vancouver's G.A.P. Adventures (109-1965 West 4th Avenue), July 10th at 7:30pm. Mitchinson will also visit Saskatoon's McNally Robinson Booksellers (3130 8th Street East at Circle Drive, Art Alcove) on Monday July 28th at 7:00pm.

Martin Mitchinson, author of The Darien Gap: Travels in the Rainforest of Panama, sailed into the heart of the province aboard his thirty-six-foot ketch, moved in with a native family and spent the next eighteen months travelling the province by foot and dugout canoe. After being swept under a jungle river at night and trapped in mangrove swamps, he eventually crossed the continental divide from Caribbean Sea to Pacific waters along the historic route of the Spanish explorer Balboa.

But Mitchinson’s greatest achievement was in coming to understand the real Darien—a captivating land with an exotic history of pirates, conquistadores, native tribes and tragic adventurers. Through his words and photographs, the reader is introduced to the people of Darien who share the same struggles faced by indigenous groups the world over. Like the greatest travel writing it is also a deeply affecting story about a man finding himself as he explores the unknown.