The Panamanian city of Colon guards the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal. This impressive man-made structure is one of the most significant in modern history, providing an easy route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The nearby Gatun Locks provide an opportunity to see ships passing through the canal.
Providing an easily-navigable route between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, the Panama Canal is one of the most impressive man-made structures in history. Having first opened in 1914, it was significant for removing the need to traverse the dreaded Drake Passage in order to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific or vice versa. It took 33 years to complete the project and it remains, to this day, one of the greatest engineering feats in history.
The Peruvian port city of Salaverry provides a point of access from which to visit Peru’s second largest city of Trujillo. It is home to the Chan Chan Ruins, the capital of Peru’s largest pre-Inca empire, which was abandoned in the late 15th century and, today, covers an area of 20 square kilometres. These impressive ruins were granted UNESCO World Heritage status and are well worth visiting.
Callao provides an ideal point of access from which to visit the Peruvian capital of Lima and is part of the city’s wider metropolitan area. Here, you will find an abundance of wonderfully charming churches and monasteries. Lima is also one of the best places to try Peruvian cuisine, with particular emphasis on the seafood and a certain dish known as cerviche.