Panama

The City of Panama Old and New!

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From the vibrant city of Panama City, the rainforest, friendly tribes, to the amazing experience of the Panama Canal, Panama has it all!

Taking an incredible journey on the canal makes you feel humble. You have plenty of time to think about the adventure that it was to create the most important waterway in the world a 100 years ago.

Spending time on the Panama canal is quite an experience. It starts first by watching the boats lining up on the Pacific side waiting their turn to enter the canal and the locks to make it to the Atlantique, accross Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks raising the boats 85 feet above sea level (26 meters) to the man made lake Gatun, the last lock, Gatun locks and finally to the Atlantique. Between 35 and 40 boats cross the 80 kilometers of the Canal each day through a 8/10 hours journey making an incessant dance from one side to the other side of the Isthmus.

The Canal: from a simulator experience to the real deal!

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But Panama is also a huge ecosystem, rainforest, animals and tribes like the friendly Emberas who share their traditions and way of life with eager tourists or the famous Kuna and the art of the Mola.

Tribes:

On the Chagres River live the Embera tribe.
Kuna indians sale their Mola, colorfull tapestry in the markets of Panama city taken turn.

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For further informations on the Panama canal I will recomand watching the excellent Nova movie: “A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama”.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/education/programs/1415_panama.html

 

 


Celebrating the Winter Solstice at Caracol, Belize with the Mayas!

“Where were you when the World Began Anew?”

I was lucky enough to have found through the grape-vine that Caracol, the biggest Mayan ruins in Cayo district, Belize will open exceptionally during the equinoxes and solstices of 2012 to 100 lucky people and let them camp over night.  I chose to go there to celebrate the winter solstice but also one of the most important date for the Mayans, the celebration of the passing from the Maya Calendar 13th Baktun to a new era or 14 Baktun. I couldn’t offer to wait an other transition like this …in 5,125 years!

So on the night of December 20 to the 21 I was with two of my best friends and their 14 months old (plus few people from Belize, Mayas groups and other parts of the world) ready to live one of the most incredible and humbling experience of my life.

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