Credit: Blane Perun

Panama Canal

Taking a Good Look at the Famous Panama Canal

Ever since the 16th century, when the famous explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa first saw the potential of a canal being built to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, the dream of building a working canal has been in the works. After some failed attempts from France, it was America that finally managed to construct the canal in 1914, and it became one of the most famous technological marvels built in the 20th century.

The Panama Canal is a complex feat of engineering, and the entire structure spans about 80km in length. It uses a three-lock system to allow ships to pass from one side to the other because of the differing elevation. Because of this fact, it’s not possible or practical to view the entire canal from one place, unless you’re in a plane or helicopter. However, from the Pedro Miguel Locks, the Gatun Locks or the Miraflores Locks, visitors can get a pretty amazing view of the canal’s main areas and of its operation.

Blane Perun

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