This Caravan Tours of Panama is a total immersion of the Canal. We have viewed two locks, one set on the Pacific side of
and the other on the Panama Caribbean side, last night we
viewed a Nova film on the history/building, and now today we were on a tourist
boat going through the locks. What an
interesting day! We boarded a tourist
boat with other tourist this morning outside of . Six hours
later we had gone through the Miraflores Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks, and passed
through the Panama
City Culebra Cut.
We have not just ‘seen’ the Canal, but we have ‘felt’ the Canal.
Another aspect that we did not realize – the country of Panama is an isthmus going east and west (we naturally think it goes north and south) – due to its location, the sun actually comes up over the Pacific Ocean at Panama City and points along the Pacific coast – it is unreal, but true.
Pictures will hopefully show you some of our experience.
|Approaching the Locks|
|Entering the Lock (Notice the water level)|
|Lock Gates Closing (Notice the Double Gates for Safety)|
|Water Level Rising|
|Leaving the Lock|
|The Culebra Cut|
|Container Ships moving through the Canal|
|Leaving Our Ship|
|Dredge Connected to Drainage Pipes|
Tomorrow we are heading to Resort on the Pacific beach. Before we know it will be flying home to