Boca de Cupe

Boca de Cupé
Main "street" at the village of Boca de Cupe in 1996
Main "street" at the village of Boca de Cupe in 1996
Country Panama
 • Land781.1 km2 (301.6 sq mi)
 • Total1,167
 • Density1.5/km2 (4/sq mi)
 Population density calculated based on land area.
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
Map of Tuira river area
U.S. Defense Mapping Agency maps excerpt showing Boca de Cupe along course of Tuira River.

Boca de Cupé is a corregimiento in Pinogana District, Darién Province, Panama with a population of 1,167 as of 2010.[1] Its population as of 1990 was 901; its population as of 2000 was 902.[1]

The town is not served by any paved roads, with the Pan-American Highway to the north ending at Yaviza. It is reachable by boat up the Tuira River. Civilians are not permitted to travel farther east towards Colombia.[2][3]

In the early 1900s, a single-gage railway ran to the town from the Cana gold mines.[4] It ceased operating in 1911.[5]

Villages within the corregimiento farther up the river include Sobiaquirú.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Cuadro 11 (Superficie, población y densidad de población en la República...)" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Table 11 (Area, population, and population density in the Republic...) (.xls). In "Resultados Finales Básicos" [Basic Final Results] (in Spanish). National Institute of Statistics and Census of Panama. Archived from the original on July 10, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Moon Central America (2016) ("Travel up the Rio Tuira beyond Boca de Cupe is considered dangerous and has been off-limits for several years. Boca de Cupe itself has a border-police post, but that doesn't necessarily make it safe.")
  3. ^ Darien Travel Guide, Rough Guides, Retrieved 29 November 2022
  4. ^ Karsten, Matthew (17 September 2019). The Day I Was Kicked Out of a Panamanian Village, Expert Vagabond
  5. ^ (25 December 1926). Gold Areas of the Province of Panama, in Engineering and Mining Journal, p. 1027
  6. ^ (1 March 2018). ARAP participa de Gira Interinstitucional en Sobiaquirú, provincia de Darién, La Autoridad de Recursos Acuáticos de Panamá (Translated sentence from Spanish: "The place of destination was the indigenous population of Sobiaquirú located in Alto Tuira of the Corregimiento of Boca de Cupe, province of Darién.")

8°03′00″N 77°35′00″W / 8.0500°N 77.5833°W / 8.0500; -77.5833

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