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This partial transit of the Panama Canal either follows a southbound or northbound route, depending on the day. On the partial transit, you will pass through two of the Canal’s three sets of locks: Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks. The southbound route boards the shared boat in Gamboa and begins at the north end of the historically significant Gaillard Cut, also known as the Culebra Cut.

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Spend the morning in nature on an exciting visit to Soberania National Park, a biodiverse swatch of rainforest only 16 miles outside of Panama City. Spanning 55,000 acres, the park is known for its abundance of birds, with over 525 species identified here. Soberania National Park is also part of an ecotourism and environmental education project whose main objective is to conserve the area’s birds through environmental sustainability projects.

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In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for your one-hour car ride towards the city of Colon, located on the Atlantic coast of Panama. First you will stop at the San Lorenzo Fort, a castle and fortress built by the Spaniards in 1598 to protect the entrance to the Chagres River from pirate attacks. The Chagres River was a very important waterway for the transportation of gold and many other goods from ocean to ocean, eventually ending up in Europe. This fortress was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO In 1980.

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Located two hours from Panama City by boat, the Pearl Islands is an archipelago of over 200 islands and islets off the Pacific coast. First settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, the Pearl Islands were named for the thousands of pearls found there. Today the islands are best known for their lush vegetation, clear waters, sparsely populated beaches and fascinating marine life. One of the highlights is spotting the amazing humpback whales during their winter migration, from July through November, when they come here to breed and give birth. Watching these magnificent whales is a unique experience and a spectacle not to miss!