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Panama Canal, Panama

From series “Greatest Man-Made Waterways and Channels”
Year: 1920.

The Panama Canal, which is often called the "Bridge of the Americas", is a true masterpiece in an engineering way. It connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and represents a complicated system of water intake works and locks. Its length is approximately 77 km. The Panama Canal was officially opened in 1920 and was the most grandiose construction project of those times. It is still one of the largest global engineering projects over the past 100 years.

Panama Canal, Panama The canal is pretty sizable which creates a convenient waterway to various vessels from huge tankers to tiny private yachts. It is important to be noted that in recent years the Panama Canal has been universally recognized as an outstanding tourist location. Sailing on yachts and cruise ships is very popular. The history of its creation has presented significant challenges and several attempts and dates back to the 18th century. The construction work has been postponed several times. The discovery of gold mines in California has motivated workers to proceed with the construction.

Altogether, the grand project has required huge amounts of money, human effort, dealing with natural disasters and disastrous epidemics. More than 20000 people died under the heavy conditions during the years of work. Nowadays those scary stories are just a distant memory and the Panama Canal has become an essential component in the global economy, international transport system and tourism. Next - Nord-Ostsee-Kanal

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Nearest airports:
 »  Paitilla Airport PAC - in 17 km
 »  Tocumen International Airport PTY - in 32 km
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Best hotels near Panama Canal

Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Located in 4 km from Panama Canal
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Rooms: 200
The air-conditioned rooms and suites at Gamboa Rainforest Resort feature balconies with garden or river views. All accommodation includes a … More: photo, rates and booking
Radisson Summit Hotel & Golf Panama

Located in 6 km from Panama Canal
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Rooms: 103
The stylish air-conditioned rooms at Radisson Summit Hotel & Golf feature a private balcony and flat-screen cable TV. Each has an iPod docking … More: photo, rates and booking
Monkey Lodge Panama

Located in 8 km from Panama Canal
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Rooms: 4
Set in beautiful tropical gardens with a variety of flowers and birds, the charming cabin bungalows at Monkey Lodge feature a minibar, safe and … More: photo, rates and booking
Holiday Inn Panama

Located in 14 km from Panama Canal
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Rooms: 137
The fresh-decorated rooms and suites are air conditioned and offer ironing appliances, working desks and a coffee maker. Cable TV, a mini bar and a … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Canopy Tower
4 km - Canopy Tower
Soberania National Park in Panama features the green hotel Canopy Tower. This is where one of the most famous and attractive panoramic sites in the world can be found. The hotel occupies an old radar tower, which was used by the authorities of the United States to …
Albrook Mall
18 km - Albrook Mall
Albrook Mall is the space’s leader in the North and South America. It was opened in 2003 and its trading area is near 380 thousand square meters. There you can find over 550 shops. The mall has a very interesting history. It was built at the place of the old useless …
F&F Tower
20 km - F&F Tower
One of the most amazing and spectacular twisting towers can be seen in the capital of Panama, Panama City. The height of the Revolution Tower is 243 meters, and the angle of its rotation reaches 360 degrees. The construction of the office skyscraper was completed in …
Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama
22 km - Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama
Panama, the capital of the eponymous state, has a picturesque historic district. Panama Viejo is a great old city that was once destroyed by pirates. The city was founded on the Pacific coast as far back as 1517. At that time, it was the utmost European city of the …
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge
284 km - Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge
Over Water hotels have long been popular with modern tourists, among the most interesting and famous hotels of this category Punta Caracol hotel is especially worth noting. This hotel is located in Panama, on the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. It is a complex of nine …
Pan American Highway
369 km - Pan American Highway
The world famous Pan-American Highway passes through the territory of 15 countries and has a length of 48,000 kilometres. It can freely be qualified as the global ‘’road’’ attractions. One of the sections of an extended road also appears in the statistics as …

Top destination around Panama Canal - Panama City

The capital city of the same named republic, Panama is the land of exotic animals and plants. Impenetrable rain forests occupy a large area of this region. The reason for this is in the fact that these forests are crucial for the normal operation of the Panama Canal. Besides the fact that the forest serves as a watershed, it also regulates the level of groundwater and prevents the development of soil erosion. Therefore, local people are very careful to green areas and protected zones have retained their original appearance.

In addition to beautiful nature Panama is rich in attractions. Just like the majority of old cities, Panama is conventionally divided into Old and New. The Old Town was completely destroyed in 1671 and today visitors can see only ruins and foundations of ancient buildings. The new part of town is the most interesting place for tourists. Despite the name many buildings of this part were built several centuries ago.
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