National Geographic : 1953 Aug
© National Geographic Society 277 4 Into the Unknown: the Expedition Starts Up Panama's Rio Indio This little town, named Rio Indio after the river, was the starting point of a two-week trip into country little changed since the days of Columbus. An out board motor propelled the 24-foot dugout until rapids stopped it. Houses stand on stilts to escape floods. aoualcnrolies oy auolial ueourapnlc rnoograipner nic naru n. acwar " Canoemen on the Rio Cocl del Norte Waded as Often as They Rode Shooting a rapid on the way downstream, one heavy canoe struck a snag and overturned. Cameras and lenses sank to the bottom of the channel. Boxes and suitcases bobbed on the current. Passengers, drenched and exhausted, barely reached safety on a sandbar.