Panama Panama Canal and Soberania National Park
Completed in 1914, the colossal 77 km Panama Canal links the Pacific with the Caribbean. The lush, tropical Soberanía National Park fringes the eastern banks of the canal and is a wildlife hotspot.
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.
Holidays Panama Canal and Soberania National Park
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Costa Rica / Panama
Expedition cruise: Costa Rica, Panama and the Canal
15 days from £6,989pp
Panama / Costa Rica
Expedition cruise: Panama, the Canal and Costa Rica
16 days from £7,654pp
Self-drive Panama: Discover the Pacific Coast
13 days from £2,723pp
Costa Rica / Panama
Signature Costa Rica and Panama: The Caribbean route
14 days from £2,680pp
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Where to go when - our guide to Panama Canal and Soberania National Park
The weather in Panama Canal and Soberania National Park is wide and varied
The Panama Canal Zone stretches northwards from the capital via the lush, tropical Soberania National Park. Though you’ll find hot temperatures year round, the best time to visit the world-famous waterway is December - April, when there is less rainfall.View our Panama Canal and Soberania National Park weather guide
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