- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Panama Canal
Although Panama is a relatively small country, there is so much to see and do here. One of the country’s most famous features is the renowned Panama Canal, a marvel of maritime engineering that has continued to help Panama expand and prosper as a major commercial hub in Central America. This incredible canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by way of the Caribbean Sea, and stretches for almost 50 miles through some of Panama’s most breathtaking countryside. To enjoy the entirety of this amazing waterway, you can take a partial or full-day transit tour leaving from Panama City. A ride on the Panama Canal Railway, which runs parallel to the canal through the dense jungle, is also presents an exciting opportunity to see this engineering marvel. The Miraflores Visitors Center and the Colon Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center also provide two land-based platforms that shouldn’t be missed on any trip.
The idea for a Panama canal dates back to the 1513 discovery of the isthmus by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. The narrow land bridge between North and South America houses the Panama Canal, a water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The earliest Central American European colonists recognized this potential, and several proposals for such a canal were made.