66 imagesThe Panama Canal Railway traverses the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake through the rainforest between Panama City on the Pacific side to Colon on the Atlantic (Caribbean) side, making the 48-mile trip one time daily in each direction. Also included are images from the Gatun Locks and from abandoned U.S. Army Base Fort Sherman, which was turned over to the Panamanian government in 1999 when the United States returned the Canal Zone back to Panama.
88 imagesCasco Viejo (Spanish for Old Town), is also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe. It is the historic district of Panama City, Panama. Completed and settled in 1673, it was built following the near-total destruction of the original Panamá City, known today as Panamá Viejo, in 1671, when the latter was attacked by pirates. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1997. Panama City was originally founded on August 15 of 1519 and it lasted one hundred and fifty-two years. On January 1671, the Governor Juan Perez de Guzman had it set on fire, before the attack and looting by the pirate Henry Morgan. In 1672, Antonio Fernández de Córdoba initiated the construction of a new city, which was then founded on January 21, 1673. This city was built on a peninsula completely isolated by the sea and a defensive system of walls. Today this place preserves the first institutions and buildings of the modern city of Panama. Source: wikipedia
36 imagesThe work never ends in El Mercado de Mariscos, Panama City's largest Fresh Fish Market. The small boats, come in just before low tide, after fishing all night and the previous afternoon, and the day's catch is hauled into the adjacent stalls for cleaning and readying for sale in the Market next to that. As the tide goes out, leaving the craft stranded and the exposed harbor's bottom, another group of workers re-supply the fishing craft with ice blocks and bait and also take advantage of the temporary dry dock to make repairs their vessels. As soon as the tide comes back in the fishermen head back out and do it all over again.