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 of these tours through Gamboa Rainforest Resort.   I was fascinated by the beauty of my surroundings and the flora and fauna of the area.  The cost of the trip is under $40 for adults.

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.

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 photo below you can see how a tug pushes a small barge full of explosives that will be used in this mega project.

Cruisin’ the Canal

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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 was an amazing journey.  It opened my eyes to just how difficult it must have been to create this waterway that connects the Atlantic to the Pacific, especially at the time it was built.  I would like to thank Panama Great Adventures for making this trip possible.  If you are coming to Panama, do not miss the chance to transit the Canal.  Maria Isabel Herrera is an excellent tour organizer. Check out her website at Panama Great Adventures.

100 Years Old and Still Going Strong

The Panama Canal was inaugurated in 1914.  This important waterway has serviced the world for 100 years.  When you take into account that it was built 100 years ago, you realize what an amazing engineering feat it was for its day.

Panama Great Adventures

If you love adventures, Panama is a great place to visit.  You can river raft, hike, climb mountains, see exotic birds, ski in two oceans, and transit the Panama Canal all in one day.  You can also brave the concrete jungle in search of incredible bargains.  If you are planning a trip to Panama and are looking for a good tour company, Panama Great Adventures is an excellent choice.  The owner/operator, Maria Isabel Herrera,  is an efficient professional who is honest and reliable. The pictures below were taken on a recent tour I took to Gamboa with some friends with Maria Isabel as our guide.  You may contact her by calling 507-6614-8191 or send her an email at info@ptyga.com.  Check out the company’s website www.panamagreatadventures.com 

Nostalgia

I never get tired of walking along the Bay of Panama.  The salt air exhilarates me and the colorful fishing boats fill me with nostalgia for my hometown on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  I miss home sometimes, but sights like this one would sorely be missed if I were to ever leave Panama.

In Transit

These ships were captured in transit on their way through the Panama Canal. These pictures were taken at the visitor’s center at the Gatun Locks in Colon.

Bay of Panama

As I lounged around the pool at Finesterre Hotel in Bella Vista, I couldn’t resist taking pictures of the beautiful view of the Bay of Panama. Awesome!

Serenity

When I am near the ocean I always feel a sense of serenity, even when I am the middle of this fast paced metropolis called Panama.  This peaceful scene was captured while walking on the Cinta Costera as hundreds of cars swept by hurriedly on the way somewhere important.