I have yet to find a person to disagree with me, the Panama Canal is an undisputed travel bucket list destination. Last year when I found out I was going to the Panama Canal I did a TON of research, I wanted to make sure I truly understood what a marvel I was going to witness. That combined with the four hour tour of the locks really did make me understand what an undertaking the creation of this canal was.
The Panama Canal truly is one of the great American engineering feats of the 20th century
The narrow isthmus separating the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean had a colorful and turbulent history long before Ferdinand de Lesseps first dreamed of building a transcontinental canal.
From the cruise ship and the partial transit we were taken ashore by tenders. We had to take a tour through the cruise ship (note my really fashionable orange sticker in these photos) as the Panama Canal Authority assigns specific time slots for the transit of a vessel through the locks. On this boat tour we were recounted with a very indepth history of the canal and got to see many amazing things besides the locks including wildlife and Panama’s Centennial Bridge – the second permanent crossing of the canal after the Bridge of the America’s