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Jan 14, 2020 - Panama Canal

One of the world's greatest human-made marvels, the Panama Canal stretches 51 miles from Panama City on the Pacific side to Colon on the Atlantic side, cutting right through the continental divide. A very large number of vessels pass through each year. Each one paying up to $3 to $4 hundred thousand dollars a trip. The canal has three sets of double locks: Miraflores and Pedro Miguel on the Pacific side and Gatun on the Atlantic. Between the locks, ships pass through a huge artificial lake, Lake Gatun, created by the Gatun Dam across the...

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May 15, 2019 - Cruise the Chagres River to Embera tribal village

Today we left the hotel and went to the marina close to our resort. We got on two small boats and went to the Embera Village. They were waiting for us at the docks and were playing music to greet us. We all went under a large thatched roof area. They had their handicrafts in there for sale. We had a lesson on their culture and they danced for us. They also took some partners from the crowd. Cliff was lucky enough to get to dance with a pretty Indian girl. Both the men and women had colorful tops and bottoms on. The women had halter type...

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May 14, 2019 - Panama Canal Locks Transit

We started our day about 7 with a swim in the beautiful pool. It was very refreshing. Showered and off to breakfast. Our transit was delayed and hour so we did not leave the resort until 1230. Had a very nice Margarita before we got on the bus. We got on a passenger vessel that holds 200 and there were only about 70 total. Plenty of room for roaming the sides, front and back so we did not miss anything. We cruised by the Centennial Bridge. We went thru the Pedro Miguel Locks first. There was a tug, us, and another huge ship behind us that...

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May 13, 2019 - Gamboa Rainforest Resort

We started today with having our luggage out by 7:45 am and then to breakfast. This Marriot has a very nice breakfast area. The bus left at 9. We travel for about 2 hours to Colon . We passed by the largest Free Trade Zone in the Americas and the Panama Canal Railway station. They were working on some of the roadway, but the road was very good. We saw an gated housing area where Jews and Muslims live together. She said they came to Panama to get rich and therefore get along well. We spent the rest of the morning at the Panama Canal...

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Dec 4, 2018 - Colon, Panama

We woke up at 5:00 to do my 4 laps around the ship. I was there in time to see us approaching the entrance to the canal. We got to see the start of the old French attempt at the canal. After a quick breakfast, we return to the deck for pictures and watch the whole operation. We were given info to follow along with what was going on. It was fascinating. When we finished the three lift locks, we were 26 meters above sea level on Lake Gatun. Info says there was a river valley that crossed Panama that was dammed up and created this very large...

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Mar 4, 2018 - Traversing the Panama Canal - Afternoon

Traversing the Panama Canal March 4 Afternoon Gatun Lake is the most extensive part of the canal crossing and the widest. We had lunch during this part of the trip which actually heads north/south - not east/west! From Lake Gatun, we went back down 85 feet to the Atlantic side. There are three chambers in the Gatun locks, taking almost 2 hours to negotiate. As we approached this final set of locks, we could see the “French Lagoon” - a remnant of the ill-fated canal begun by the French company in the late 1800’s before the United States...

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Feb 28, 2018 - Off to the Jungle in Gamboa , Sloths

We had agree day but have arranged to go into the Jungle as it is only some 45 minutes away. So Danial our guide rearranged his day and took us by car to Gamboa. We left at 6am. It is amazing that as soon as you are out of the city say 20 minutes you are confronted by jungle and only broken where previous American installed infrastructure had been built, only to have been left and abandoned or left and occupied by others with limited or no maintenance since. We make our first stop by a lake and spot several herons, coots and other water...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Panama Canal Imagination Cruise

Our FANTISTIC cruise thru the Panama Canal in Jan 2014. Wonderful time with friends, especially surprising them as we did. Also had to do a surprise of my own. Tamara's Birthday was during this cruise and I had to get her to 'Tea Time' for Tea and cookies, and a couple of surprises of my own. Everybody else knew about it but her. It was a great time by all. Pictures can also be found on Flickr. Pictures on Flichr

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Feb 8, 2014 - Embera Village

Today we took a brief cruise on the Chagres River to the Embera Village. The Embera are one of the 7 indigenous peoples of Panama. They were descendants of Choco Indians of Columbia. They live in thatched huts, built on stilts. This village has 38 adults and 22 children. They are a small portion of the 22,000 Embera that live in Panama. We learned about the way of life, dress, and culture. The children do attend in Panama City by boat and then bus. To attend school they must wear the school uniform rather than their native wear. They...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Thru the Panama Canal

Just what very resort porch should have for a restful morning at leisure! We have a late start today which was determined by the APC...Authority of the Panama Canal. In order to go thru the canal there are 3 requirement 1) payment in advance 2) papers declaring fitness of the ship (breakdowns cost $3500.00 per hour) 3) a Panamanian Captain. The order in which the ships go thru is determined by how much is paid. The cruise liners and cargo ships can pay $200,000 to $300,000+ so they get priority. The APC notifies you up to 48 hours in...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Day 3 Across the Isthmus

We begin the day early. Bags out at 7AM, but we don't depart til 8:30. So we begin with the very unusual sight of the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. I think this is the only place in the Americas where you can see that, Following breakfast we boarded the bus to see the Canal Locks at Gatun. While similar to Misaflores. We were much closer and therefore it was more exciting and amazing! The drive there takes us across the Isthmus, across the country to the Atlantic Ocean side of the country. The pictures show a huge freighter entering...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Panama Canal

Friday 10 January Day 10 Traversing the Panama Canal After a really rough night (our first) where it was dangerous even getting up in the night to cross 2 meters to get to the loo, we got to the Northern end of the Panama Canal at Christobal at six. It had calmed down by that time. John had taken a sea sickness pill before he went to bed and slept like a babe. We got up at seven to have our room service breakfast and we could already see the beginning of the Gatum locks at the beginning of the canal. Panama Canal was started by the French...

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