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Panama: Panama Canal and Soberania National Park

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Panama is a fascinating country but the main draw for visitors is undoubtedly the 77 km Panama Canal linking the Pacific with the Caribbean. This colossal project was completed in 1914 and since then has transformed shipping routes world-wide. In addition to being crucial to international trade it is now a worthwhile tourist attraction. Soberanía National Park fringes the eastern banks of the immense artificial Lake Gatún alongside the canal and is blanketed with a dripping rainforest which explodes with vivacious wildlife, especially tropical birds. The Canal Zone also hosts hiking trails and a railway – the trails were built to transport looted gold - between Panama City and Colón on the Caribbean on mules; the railway was built to aid construction of the canal.

Our holidays to Panama Canal and Soberania National Park

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Panama Canal

Journey between the seas

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Signature Costa Rica and Panama: The Caribbean route

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Cuba and the treasured Caribbean expedition cruise - 5 Oct 2017

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Panama City

Signature Panama: Canal, wildlife and beach

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Our insider tips for Panama Canal and Soberania National Park

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Making a full or partial transit of the Panama Canal. Passing by boat through this impressive monument of engineering vision, design and construction which rises and falls  through the locks, is to add a genuine experience to a casual viewing. 
Lina

Lina Fuller

From the platform at Miraflores Lock, the sight of the massive bulk of a container ship passing through the Panama Canal: a surreal experience as the hull looms above the horizon.
Ben Line

Ben Line

Early morning bird-watching from the observation deck of the Canopy Tower in Soberanía National Park. You’ll be just above the canopy, eye to eye with the profusion of avian life as it awakens at dawn with a symphony of rich tropical calls.

Caroline Maber

Caroline Maber

Spotting howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and crocodiles on a guided boat trip on Lake Gatún, where dense humid rainforest dips into the water’s edge as vast freighters glide by on the canal. 

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