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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal with Latin Excursions

In 1914, the opening of the Panama Canal changed the world.

In 1914, the opening of the Panama Canal changed the world.

The new and more importantly, direct connection between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific seas on the other side revolutionized the international trade industry and economies around the globe. For the first time in history, goods and people no longer had to spend months traveling around the tip of South America in the name of commerce and travel, reducing total travel time by over a half.

Because the environment where Panama tickles the northern coast of Colombia is extremely wild and tropical, the construction of this 48-mile canal was far from easy. Battling mosquito-spread diseases such as malaria and yellow fever, many workers perished by the conditions as the days wore on. Today, built with 3 locks and handling more vessel traffic than the original constructors had ever imagined, the Panama Canal sees more than 300 million tons of shipping every year. Because of this demand, there are plans to build 2 new flights of locks to assist alongside the original ones.

In August 2014, come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal with Latin Excursions! Witnessing this historic commemorative event will be a great addition to a greater Panama trip or perhaps a wider jaunt through other destinations in South America. We will take you to tour the old canal townships, the famous Gatun Locks area, continue on to the Miraflores Locks and the nearby Canal Museum, and of course be part of the celebrations held by the city.

While you are already in Panama City, you cannot miss the old quarters ("Casco Antiguo") and its marvelous French architecture. As well, get a taste of traditional Panamanian native culture during your lodge stay at Bocas del Toro, or perhaps indulge in an exclusive signature visit to the San Blas Islands in the Caribbean that scream postcard perfect scenes. Panama City is only a gateway to the rest of the country and the Latin continent and your options henceforth are virtually unlimited!

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