Panama Canal, Panama

Centennial Celebrations & VIP Access in Central America

Zegrahm Contributor|August 1, 2013|Blog Post

In February 2014, join us for a 15-day adventure in Central America. At the crossroads of two continents, this expedition reveals the wonders of five countries, including Belize, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama, and is ideally timed during the centennial year of the Panama Canal.

We are thrilled to announce that in honor of the 100-year anniversary of these historic locks, we have just enhanced this already-fascinating itinerary with a VIP tour of the five billion dollar Panama Canal expansion project that began a decade ago and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. You will go behind the scenes at the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center to observe the four billion cubic meters of structural concrete that is being poured into the ditches that comprise the new set of locks from a vantage point rarely visited by the public, plus meet one of the authorities currently working on the expansion project.

In addition to your VIP tour and a daylight transit of the Panama Canal, additional highlights of this itinerary include:
  • Searching for Central America’s incredible diversity of wildlife during Zodiac cruises and nature walks—over 750 species of birds have been recorded in Costa Rica alone;
  • Meeting the Kuna Indians of San Blas and the Emberá Indians of the Darién who proudly preserve their cultural heritage; and
  • Snorkeling nearly every day, from Belize’s Half Moon Caye to one of the world’s largest marine parks in Coiba, Panama.

For more information, visit our Rainforests & Reefs trip page.

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