If by well-protected you mean weapons, no. There wasn't any need for that. Four of us arranged for a local guy with a boat to take us to some of the more distant areas. This was 2019, not the Panama of the Noriega era. I rather hope they don't complete the highway just to say they completed a highway. They have a good infrastructure by water, and there are some very special species in the forest.

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