Serranía del Darién
|Serranía del Darién|
|Elevation||1,875 m (6,152 ft)|
|Length||35 km (22 mi)|
|Countries||Colombia and Panama|
The Serranía del Darién is a small mountain range on the border between Colombia and Panamá in the area called the Darién Gap. It is located in the southeastern part of the Darién Province of Panamá and the northwestern part of the Chocó Department of Colombia. There are two major protected areas here: Darién National Park in Panamá and Los Katíos National Park in Colombia. Serranía del Darién range's average elevation above sea level is 437 metres (1,434 ft). These mountains have sparse settlements, with just two people living in every square kilometer. This dearth of human settlements is reflected in the fact that the nearest town with a population of 50,000 is over 12 hours by road.
The Serranía del Darién are notorious for strong earthquakes; on average earthquakes measuring between 6 and 7 occur here every 50 years. The area is also susceptible to floods and landslides, both of which have been classified as medium to high intensity hazards for the region.