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Panama is "happening"!

Ever since Balboa crossed the Central American isthmus to declare the Pacific Coast for Spain, and then gold was subsequently transported overland from the New World to the Old , Panama remains a cross-roads in the world including expansion of the Panama Canal and new developments of interest for travel and ecotourism.
Panama tour guide, Ivan Hoyos, one of our expert Panama guides, used to work in our Seattle office until he decided to return to his native country and spend more time leading Panama ecotours. 

The subway construction in Panama is rapidly progressing, Frank Gehry´s Biodiversity Museum is scheduled for opening to the public by February 1, 2014, the street restoration works in the beautiful restored old city of Casco Viejo are soon coming to an end and there many new hotels to be opened within the next 3-6 months:

American Trade Hotel (50 rooms) located in the former American trade zone in Casco Viejo, built in 1917 and now being the highest capacity hotel in the Colonial City.

Villa Palma, a 14-Suite rococo-style boutique hotel with Italian owners, also located in Casco Viejo with great views over the Panama Bay and modern city skyline.

The Waldorf Astoria is new and the Hilton Panama both in the downtown will be inaugurated in 2014

The 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal is in 2014 and the completion of the canal expansion to accommodate larger ships in 2015 are already drawing the world’s eyes back to Panama once again.
The Panama Canal expansion to be completed in 2015.

We have designed a new program, “The Path Between The Seas”, which provides a short in-depth circuit of 4 days/3 nights (from Thursdays through Sundays, on a bimonthly basis) taking in the highlights of the Panama Canal, Miraflores Locks, expansion works on the Atlantic, the Panama Railway, and a Panama canal cruise for the day. We can arrange this more in-depth Panama Canal tour as a pre- or post-trip extension for our adventure travelers who want to combine this special short program with other  Panama ecotours.
“The Path Between The Seas”Starting your daily excursions from the Country Inn & Suites Amador, located right at the entrance of the Panama Canal with amazing views to the America´s Bridge, you will visit the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, Ancon Hill with look out platforms over the Bay area, Panama Canal port on the Pacific and the city skyline, the Panama Canal Expansion site on the new Gatun Visitor Center near Colon, take on a 1-hour ride on the historical Panama Railway along the Panama Canal from Colon to Panama City, and experience the Panama Canal´s operation by yourself on the Partial Panama Canal Transit that takes you on a 250 passenger vessel through 2 of the 3 lock sets. The biggest wonders of the Panama Canal in only a few days, this is the way to go!
See more information about our Panama Wildland Adventures. Questions? Contact Grettel Calderon, Central American Program Director.

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