Panama Canal Railway

The Panama Canal Railways from Panama City.  It will take you past the Panama Canal locks, through lush rain forests and Gatun Lake with Colon as your final destination. Also, The trip to Colon will take you about an hour.  

Gatun Lake Tour

Gatun Lake forms a major component of the Panama Canal.You can take a tour and immerse yourself in the nature, history and impressive engineering of the Panama Canal during this 45-minute boat tour.  This major part of the canal is home to abundant tropical wildlife and is surrounded by a lush forest. I recently took one […]

Bird’s Eye View

I recently had the opportunity to go up to the bell tower of the San Francisco de Assis church in Casco Viejo to take pictures.  What an amazing view!  I was able to look out over the city and see the contrast between the old and the new.  What a wonderful experience!

Beautiful Boquete

This beautiful waterfall is just one of the incredible places to visit in Boquete.  This is mother nature at her best.

Boquete, Chiriqui

Boquete was first founded on April 11, 1911.  It is located in a bowl shaped valley nestled in the mountains approximately 40 miles from the Costa Rican border. You can easily access this tropical paradise from the capital city of David by car or bus.  It  is a 20-30 minute drive from David.  

Boquete, Chiriqui: Highland Paradise

Boquete is a small town in the Chiriqui highlands. At almost 4,000 feet above sea level, it is nestled among lush green mountains where you can enjoy spring like temperatures all year.  Approximately 20,000 people live in this lovely mountain retreat, privilege to panoramic mountain views, lush vegetation and abundant tropical wildlife. 

Relaxing Sunday

I can not think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than strolling around Casco Viejo. There is a special magic about this place.  It is like being transported back to the past to a time when life was simpler and more laid back.  

New Locks at Cocoli

The new third set of locks built to accommodate Post-Panamax ships was opened to the public on Sunday, May 17, 2015.  Thousands of people visited this site in Cocoli, just outside of Panama City. The public was able to witness first hand the immensity of the multi-billion dollar project and be a part of history […]

Tourists, Tourists, Everywhere!

The summer in Panama is in full swing and tourists are everywhere.  People from all over come here to enjoy the city and all the natural beauty Panama has to offer.

Serene Sunrise

A certain serenity can be found in the morning hours before the madness of traffic jams and rushing people take over.  Those moments are fleeting but majestic in their vibrant colors as the sun rises over the bay.

PTY from the Sky

These beautiful views of the city’s skyline were taken from the 66th floor of the Trump Ocean Tower.  If you would like to experience this in person, visit the the Trump’s casino which is found on the 66th floor.  There is a lovely little bar at the entrance to the casino with a small infinity […]

Casco Viejo at Dusk

The beauty of Casco Viejo illuminates the evening sky with its many colors and old world beauty. It is truly a magical place both during the day and after the sun goes down.  

Panama at Night

Panama’s skyline is impressive at any time of the day.  Tall, sleek buildings of glass and steel tower over the bay attesting to the great architectural talent available in the city.   At night the city takes on a different personality, glittering and sparkling against the black evening sky, its splendid beauty reflected in the […]

Summer Is Here!

It is “summer” again here in Panama.  Summer is the dry season and people here in Panama take advantage of this time of the year to spend more time doing outdoor activities.  One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to walk around Casco Viejo and try to capture a little of […]

Black Clouds Over the City

The rainy season is almost over.  The last few rain storms are making their way over the isthmus before summer arrives.  As you can see, rainstorms here in Panama can be quite a serous thing.  These photos show menacing black clouds hanging over the city.

Panama Canal Railway

http://www.panarail.com/en/history/ The Panama Canal Railway is a railway line that runs parallel to the Panama Canal. The route stretches 47.6 miles  across the Isthmus of Panama from Colón on the Atlantic side to Balboa  on the Pacific side. It is operated by Panama Canal Railway Company.  The infrastructure of this railroad  was of vital importance for the construction of the Panama Canal. It has been in operation since 1855.

Danger: Explosives!!!

  The Panama Canal  is expanding its capacity to allow for more than double the traffic it currently serves. To be completed in 2015, the project that includes a third set of locks which are larger and wider than the existing ones, will cost $5.6 billion. This extreme makeover requires the use of explosives.  In the […]

Cruisin’ the Canal

http://www.panamagreatadventures.com/ To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, I decided to take a partial transit tour of this amazing engineering feat.  I have lived here for 34 years and had never actually transited the Canal.  I boarded the boat at Gamboa at 11 a.m. and arrived at the Causeway around 8 p.m. It […]

Gray Ghost

This iconic gray lighthouse is familiar to everyone in the area of Gamboa.  It was built in 1914 and  is roughly 14 meters high (45 ft.) Although it is now inactive, it still greets southbound ships at the entrance of Gaillard Cut (Corte Culebra), a silent gray ghost that whispers of its once glorious past. […]

After the Rain

It’s the rainy season again.  This is the time of the year we call “winter”.  Some people find the rain annoying.  I personally enjoy it.  Here you can appreciate the beauty of Plaza Herrera after a hard afternoon rain.