For many, Panama is mostly known for its Canal. Completed in 1914 and built by the US, it is a truly impressive piece of engineering and a reason in itself to visit Panama. Once you read the historical account of its construction, The Path Between The Seas, you will want to see it out for yourself!
When studying at ILISA, you will not only visit the Canal but also learn about its history and its importance for Panama and world commerce. You will get to know the proposed expansion plans that would add a third, bigger set of locks to allow post-Panamax ships to cross the Isthmus. We will also discuss the more controversial effects this (costly) expansion will have on Panama’s small economy or the consequences for the people living in the Canal watershed that will have to be relocated when the Gatun lake reservoir expands to feed the additional need for water that operates the Canal.
ILISA is located at just thirty minutes from the Miraflores locks. The recently opened visitors center gives a comprehensive picture of the Canal’s construction and operation.
Another must is a visit to the Interoceanic Canal Museum. It’s located in the ‘Casco Antiguo’ area of Panama (Colonial Panama), a short 10 minute drive from the ILISA campus.
If you are a SCUBA diver, the Canal offers some great wreck diving opportunities. And for the fishermen among you, Gatun has great fishing holes while nearby Lago Alajuela (Madden lake) has excellent water sport opportunities.
Panama may be best known for its Canal but there is so much more to see… Discover our beautiful country while you study at ILISA!
Entering the Miraflores locks – as seen from the Visitor’s Center.
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