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.

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.

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