We disembarked at 8 am to visit the small island of Taboga, where Ernesto, our hotel manager lives. Little colorful houses are tucked along the shore and up the hill. Although still early, it is getting hot fast. The market place is rather small and houses the 16th century church which we visited. We continued our walk and found a monument for Paul Gaughin who spent some time on Taboga but did not paint there.
Barro Colorado Island used to be one of the higher mountain tops and became an isolated island due to the damming of the Chagrass River. Today, Barro Colorado Nature Monument presents untouched tropical rain forest and is home to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Located in the narrowest part of the American continent and the lowest region of the Panamanian isthmus, the Panama Canal was built by the United States of America from 1904 to 1914 and is still one of the most amazing engineering marvels of the world. The Canal provides easy and reliable crossings from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back for more than 750 thousands vessels. Ships all over the world are built to fit the three sets of double locks that are part of this 80 Km (50 mi) long water way.