Witness the Panama Canal
Since 1914, the Panama Canal has provided sailors with a simplistic journey through the American continent – taking travellers from the Atlantic to the Pacific or vice versa. It meant that sailors no longer had to sail the treacherous Cape Horn route, via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan. As ships have gotten larger in size, the canal has been modified and there are plans for more locks to be introduced along the canal in the coming years.
Regarded as one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the modern world, the canal revolutionised the world of trade, travel and communication. Pullmantur cruises provide a range of exciting itineraries that enable you to visit the Atlantic entrance to this prestigious passage. Sailing through Caribbean waters, you will dock on the white sands of Colon – the perfect location of which to admire this amazing manmade creation.
Of course, one of the first things to consider during a visit to Panama is the canal, and a short journey to the Gatun Locks will provide a unique insight into how the largest ships pass through. However, Panama has so much more to offer in terms of both natural landmarks and industrial achievements.
Historically, many pirates, including a certain Captain Henry Morgan, once roamed the swamps and rainforests in order to get to Panama City, which was once the richest city in the southern hemisphere. These swamps and rainforests are currently home to a vast collection of plant and animal species, including 900 species of birds and many sloths, monkeys and iguanas.
Colon is home to the world’s first transcontinental railways, capable of taking passengers into the North and South American continents. If you are in Colon for a large amount of time, you may choose to travel via rail and witness the Atlantic and Pacific oceans within an afternoon.
Those who love shopping will feel right at home in the port of Colon, thanks to many large shopping malls. Zona Libre is the second largest free-trade zone in the world after Hong Kong and is a great place to find many international goods at decent prices.
Be sure to keep an eye open for a traditional mola artwork, where beautifully colourful panels are brought together to form the outline of a particular animal or other object – a perfect souvenir. Also within the free trade zone, and closer to your cruise ship, is Cristobal Pier, renowned for its lively craft market and folklore performances.
Pullmantur operate a number of Caribbean and South America itineraries that can take you to the amazing Panama Canal. Wherever you decide to travel, Pullmantur can provide a range of family friendly all-inclusive cruises to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.Tweet