Wood, Levison, 1982- author.
viii, 291 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
“First published in Great Britain in 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton, a Hachette UK company.”–Title page verso.
Hampton Court — Mornings in Mexico — The Americas — Meeting an explorer — Departure — Yucatán — Ruins — Trouble in Paradise — Boot camp — Borderlands — El Petén — Barrios — The ascent — Escape to Nicaragua — Land of fire — Chirripó — Paradise found — Panama — Crossing the Panama Canal — The end of the road — The last jungle — The Darién Gap — New Scotland — Colombia.
“Starting in the Yucatán, Wood sets out on an epic walking voyage, moving through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, travelling in the opposite direction along vital migrant routes. Journeying from sleepy barrios to glamourous cities to Mayan ruins lying unexcavated in the wilderness, Wood forges new relationships along the way that stand at the heart of this book–and the personal histories, cultures, and popular legends he discovers paint a riveting history of Mexico and Central America. While contending with the region’s natural obstacles, he partakes in family meals with local hosts, learns to build an emergency shelter, and witnesses the surreal beauty of the landscapes. Finally, Wood attempts to cross one of the world’s most impenetrable borders: The Darién Gap from Panama into south America, a notorious smuggling passage and the wildest jungle he has ever navigated.”–Jacket flap.