Panama and The Canal

    Day 1

    Day 01 – Sunday - December 12, 2010 – Flight to Atlanta and Panama City, Panama

    It was a Denver Bronco sunrise, orange and blue – perhaps an omen that the team will do better under a new coach today. As we finished our last minute chores and then...

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    Day 02 - Monday – December 13, 2010 - Visit Panama City La Vieja-Stroll the Old Quarter-Optional Dinner and Folkloric Show

    The sun was trying to peek out of the clouds this morning. The temperature was 79º and the humidity was 84%. After breakfast we had an Orientation Meeting at...

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    Day 03 - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - A Day in the Life of San Carlos-School Visit-Home-hosted lunch-Overland to Coronado

    Winston greeted us this morning with a 45 passenger bus for our trip to San Carlos. It was raining as we drove south and west from Panama City. The temp...

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    Day 04 - Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - Rain Forest Hike-Chorro Macho Nature Trail & Natural Springs/Visit Nearby Market Town

    The sun was actually shining for a few minutes as we were having breakfast in our Solarium Terrace. The hotel is relatively new, open only 10 months in operation. The...

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    Day 05 - Thursday, December 16, 2010 - Miraflores Visitor Center-Overland to Gamboa

    We woke up to a beautiful sunny day – made us very happy after all of the rain we have had. Our morning was very easy, we had breakfast and then I went out to take some...

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    Day 06 - Friday, December 17, 2010 - Visit Embera Indian Village-Time at Leisure

    Winston had traded our big bus for a small 25 passenger mini bus for our adventures in Gamboa today. The sun was out and it was 82º with a nice breeze.

    Each time we got in...

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    Day 07 - Saturday, December 18, 2010 - Embark Discovery-City Tour of Taboga Island

    We began our day with breakfast and then went back to the room to get organized for our optional boat tour. This morning we were free to explore on our own and there were many choices...

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    Day 08 - Sunday, December 19, 2010 - Begin Daylight Transit of the Panama Canal-Bridge of the Americas-Cruise Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks

    Our day began at 5:30 when the crew raised the anchor for our 5 mile trip back to the Canal Zone. We waited in the Pacific entrance...

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    Day 09 - Friday, December 20, 2010 - Continue Daylight Transit of the Panama Canal-Visit Fort San Lorenzo-Cruise the Gatun Locks

    As soon as we had our breakfast we disembarked the Discovery at the Gatun Yacht Club to explore the surrounding area and Fort San Lorenzo. We met Jorge, our...

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    Day 10 - Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - Disembark the Discovery-Portobelo City Tour-Zip-line Canopy Tour by Gatun Lake-Rail Transfer to Panama City

    As soon as we had our breakfast we had a chance to visit the engine room of the Discovery to see the big diesel motors that powered our...

    Day 11

    Day 01 – Wednesday, December 22, 2010 – Fly from Panama City, PA to Bogotá, Colombia and then to Cartagena, Colombia

    Our wake up call was at 6:00 but we were up earlier and all packed for our Post-Trip to Cartagena in Colombia. We had time for breakfast and...

    Day 12

    Personal Evaluation of Overseas Adventure Travel -- Panama Canal Cruise & Panama: A Continent Divided, Oceans United

    As 18 time travelers with OAT (solely), we feel we need to respond on-line to the trips we take with Overseas Adventure Travel. And as with all escorted trips, there are positives and...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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