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    Visiting Isla Palenque: The Panama City Layover

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    Ben tells you how to best efficiently and enjoyably visit Panama City during a layover on your way to Isla Palenque

    We have many blog posts on the Ambler about things to do and where to stay in Panama City, but if you are just spending a short time there, or have a layover on your way to and from Isla Palenque, as most of our guests do, you might just want some quick advice. This post is a condensed and frank version of how to make the most use of your time in transit to and from Isla Palenque, written from my opinionated perspective ; )  Photo by Adam ElliottWhy to LayoverMany people visiting Panama for the first or second time want to spend some time in Panama City, regardless of where else they are visiting. However, some of Isla Palenque’s returning guests, homeowners, or those who simply want some quality “island time” find themselves having to layover in Panama City for anywhere from...MORE

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    [post_content] => The Panama Canal is a 48-mile-long conduit between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, permitting international maritime trade, making Atlantic-to-Pacific shipping much easier, often cutting travel distances in half. The canal began as a French project in 1880 but it was abandoned after a few hard years. The United States launched a second effort in 1904 and constructed the canal over the next decade, completing it in 1914, two years ahead of schedule. It is one of the seven modern wonders of the world, in the company of the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Since January 1, 2000, the Panamanian government has enjoyed complete control of the Panama Canal, and both the Panama Canal Authority and the Panamanian people are looking towards the future. The Panama Canal expansion project, slated for completion in 2014, will widen the canal from two lanes to three, allowing the massive vessels of today’s commercial shipping industry to pass through the canal for the first time in history.

View this slideshow to see more of this canal’s rich past come alive, from the days of its construction to the present, and learn about how this wonder of engineering really works.

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