Panama City & Canal- Crossroad Of Pacific And Atlantic Oceans
The appearance of the Isthmus of Panama more than three million years ago was the most transcendental event in the evolutionary history of the western hemisphere. Since then, a great variety of animal and plant species have been able to migrate from one continental mass to another, via Panama, where many gather together to offer an array of unique biodiversity.
The Republic of Panama covers 29,761 square miles - an area smaller in size than South Carolina. Yet, its several life zones host more than 960 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 240 species of reptiles, 175 species of amphibians and over 10,000 species of vascular plants. Impressively, more than 25 percent of its territory is protected by national parks and nature reserves. Likewise, it is blessed with the close proximity of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans at a narrow isthmus, which have created a vast concentration of life in the heart of the Americas. In addition to its significant natural environments, Panama possesses a rich history full of primitive indigenous cultures, conquistadors, pirates, and adventurers that is still preserved in the walls of colonial forts, sunken ships, and stone trails hidden within the dense jungle.
Panama Canal and More
Travel through a country of natural, cultural, and profound wonders. View the Panama Canal (a modern marvel) from both land and sea, to admire the stress and struggles of its monumental creation. Enter beautiful, historic Panama City with its cherished churches, convents and colonial palaces, and spend time on white-sand beaches near Portobelo. Journey to an eco-adventure in the lush mangroves and the Volcan Baru cloud forest, or enjoy an extra excursion by helicopter to the coral-rich San Blas Islands. Ride the iconic Panama Canal Railway from the Pacific to the Atlantic, then enjoy an exciting canoe expedition along the Gatun River to meet the isolated 600-year old Embera Indian Tribe.