11/19/15: Timbre Press has just released Stories of Music vol 1! I'm proud to be a contributor.

11/18/15: The Smart Set just published my account of what I learned from Valparaiso's street art during a visit six years ago.

11/10/15: I'm stoked that my piece on the hats of Panama appears in this month's issue of Tales To Go, published by Travelers' Tales!

9/26/15: On today's blog, I attempt to explain how the marshmallow is a mindshare indicator.

7/13/15: In Panama, your hat can do the talking. I attempt to explain here.

5/21/15: Traveling to Martinique? When you encounter an ouassou, donít forget to suck the head.

5/10/15: Today's blog: this is how an Icelandic band impersonates a SWAT team in a New York City music venue.

3/13/15: Albino critter alert! In my first piece for Narratively, I narrate my journey at a depth of 2,000 feet underwater in a homemade submarine.

2/28/15: "Playing the Right Chord in the Rupununi," my latest piece for Unmapped Magazine, chronicles my time with the Makushi people of southern Guyana.

1/7/15: My story on Belize's lionfish invasion, published in Roads & Kingdoms last July, now appears in a travel anthology by World Traveler Press. It has been released today and is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

12/29/14: Snout cam! The San Diego Reader just published my piece about hanging out with alpacas in Canada's Prince Edward Island.

News Archive

Lowell Thomas Awards Silver Medalist: Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car

"DuFord introduces us to the people of Panama, and he does it hilariously
and most perceptively."
Eric Jackson, The Panama News

"DuFord...does what few nonfiction writers can do. His words transport us to another world." Lynn Peterson, BookReview.com

"Highly recommended." Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review

Bring your appetite. Bring gifts for the king of the Naso tribe.
Join Darrin DuFord as he hikes, bribes, and barters his way across Panama, a perennially overlooked filament of the tropics where DuFord encounters a startling richness of cultures between the nation's two coastlines. Sitting down with everyone from scientists to town barflies, DuFord samples such local delicacies as fermented corn homebrew and slow-barbecued jungle rodent while, at every turn, taking the more vernacular--and much more enriching--options of transportation.

Whether jostling in the back of a pickup truck serving as the local bus or uncovering how the country is tackling its ecological quandaries, DuFord opens a window into the little-known day to day struggles and pleasures of the Panamanian people. Is There a Hole in the Boat? reveals a Panama that is not simply a place to watch bloated cruise ships edge along the walls of the Canal. It's a land where the machete can slash through just about anything--except the nation's spirit.

Browse an excerpt here!

Is There a Hole in the Boat? is available in paperback at:

Barnes & Noble
Booklocker.com(direct from the publisher)

Also available at Amazon Canada, Amazon UK,
Amazon Germany, and Fishpond (Australia).

Kindle: Get the Kindle version here.

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