130712.canal.2The Panama Canal is a 77.1 km ship canal that cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and serves as a key channel for international maritime trade and transport. The Canal was completed in in 1914, enabling ships to avoid the long and dangerous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America.
Thanks to the Canal, one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, ships now travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in half the time they used to require. The most fascinating feature of the Canal are the locks at each end which lift ships up to Gatun Lake, 26 m above sea-level! The Ocean Dream sailed through the Panama Canal on its way to Guatemala and we got a fantastic look at how this marvel of engineering actually works!

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