The remote Darien province is experiencing the early stages of economic
development due to worldwide interest in forestry and jungle
preservation, both associated with the prevention of global warming. At
the end of the 260-kilometer Interamerican Highway in the heart of the
Darien, on the banks of the tidal Chucunaque River, is the town of
Yaviza is a small, bustling town. It is the supply depot for the
surrounding areas and features a commercial wharf, rustic restaurants, a
large school, a small hospital, a variety of shops, and a handsome
church. The nightlife, while not continental, is lively.
The friendly local inhabitants comprise a competent, cost-effective, and
convenient labor pool
Travel between any town or village not on the highway but on the
Chucunaque or its tributaries is by piragua. The jungle is laced with
Indian walking trails all over the Darien.