What to see in Panama
Tourist attractions Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a man-made waterway that cuts through Central America to connect the Atlantic to the Pacific. This major conduit for maritime trade is a true feat of human ingenuity, and remains one of the most complex and ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken. Originally begun by a French company, eventually the United States took over and completed construction, maintaining some level of control over the area until 1999. Today, the canal is fully sovereign Panamanian territory and one of the country's crucial economic engines.