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  • The Adventures of the Island Interns

    Isla Palenque Island Interns

    Luke Hansen and Ben Brown, double winners of the first Island Intern Contest, spent the summer of 2011 documenting their adventures in Panama to take you on an up-close-and-personal journey from the Panamanian mainland to their island home on Isla Palenque, a 400-acre jungle paradise in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Over the course of the summer, Ben and Luke experienced everything from Chiricano cowboy culture to a behind-the-scenes look at one of Panama City’s best restaurants, and their life on Isla Palenque immersed them in the wild natural beauty of one of the few unspoiled places left on the planet. Through their documentary series and collection of travel blogs, the Island Interns invite you to share their life-changing travel experiences in Panama.

    Browse the videos and posts below to follow the adventures of the Island Interns.



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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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