Grit and Glory: Exposing the Panama Canal

Learn the story of the Panama Canal as you journey through this history-altering feat of engineering. Plus, board the transcontinental train for a historic ride alongside the canal!
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Program No. 9901RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The Spanish thought about it. The French drew plans for it. In the end though, it took a revolution, technology, money, determination and grit to complete the Panama Canal. On this unique journey, traverse the canal by boat and learn about the epic struggle to carve a nautical shortcut from one ocean to another. Learn about the canal’s construction and its impact on world history, commerce and medicine.
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On Your Feet
Walking and standing for up to 90 minutes at a time in hot, humid weather.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the history of the Panama Canal during an exclusive transit with commentaries and discussions aboard the boat.
  • Witness the workings of the busy Miraflores and Gatun Locks and the Alajuela Dam.
  • Board the transcontinental train at Colon for a historic ride alongside the Panama Canal.

General Notes

The group size for this popular program is limited to 52.
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Venicio (Beny) Wilson
Venicio "Beny" Wilson is a certified interpretive leader with a specialty in birding. Growing up in Panama’s Bocas del Toro province exposed him to nature very early on. He began volunteering for a not-for-profit environmental education project for school kids while studying biology at the University of Panama. Once his mentor began coaching him on group dynamics, birding group leading, he was hooked. Although Venicio enjoys educating visitors about all things Panama, he admits that birding holds a special place in his heart.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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