Before the US invasión in 1989, Wekso was named Panajungla and was the jungle warfare/survival hard-core training facility for the extinted Panama Defense Force soldiers.

Commanded by a major, they offered training in jungle survival skills also to military personnel from other countries. After the invasion, the Panamanian Government dissolved this military force.

In this natural classroom anyone came to terms with the harsh, unforgiving jungle, where slapping a mosquito while patrolling along a riverbank was frowned upon. If anybody didn't learn to accept the environment as a friend, it would break them.

One big difference between those who were inserted, almost by force, in that environment, with the native original people who have always been friendly with their natural surroundings.

Many of the old structures are still there, almost as ruins, as a memory of that military past.

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