Trains, busses and ships: traversing Panama three ways, part two

One of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal traverse did not disappoint. We had no idea what to really expect and knew embarrassingly little about the Canal itself when we woke up in the queue to make our way up the Gatun locks on the Atlantic side of the Canal. Cruise ships get to skip ahead in line and so we busted to the front of the many carriers with whom we sat for the early part of the morning. The Canal was finished in 1914. A man-made lake (Gatun Lake) was created to make the…

Trains, Busses and Ships: Traversing Panama three ways, part one

If our stop in Costa Rica was about natural beauty and wildlife, our time in Panama has been about the awesomeness of industry. Where Costa Rica has tourism, Panama has shipping. Since the Panama Canal opened in 1914 when about 1,000 ships passed its 48 mile stretch, in 2008 about 15,000 ships made their way from Atlantic to Pacific (or vice versa). But more on the Canal in our next post… On our first morning in Panama we docked in Colon. Our guide tells us that the city is basically being torn down and rebuilt and that, seemingly, is a…