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 all-day 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

Due to the popularity of this program the group size has been limited to 54.
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Wendell Martinez
Educated at the graduate level in both psychology and education, Wendell Martinez has a love for nature and history that led him to get certified as an interpreter and naturalist. He was born in Panama City’s Canal Zone but grew up in Colon, on Panama’s Caribbean coast. Wendell comes from a long line of renowned naturalists and birdwatchers, and he has become a seasoned leader in his own right. His passion for teaching and his range of knowledge have made him a favorite among Road Scholar participants.
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