As our trip nears its end we made our way to Panama as a stopover towards our final destination. Panama is probably most famous for its canal but from doing research we realised there is huge amounts more which unfortunately we do not have the time to see.

Our first calling point was the city itself which it is said resembles Miami, although we have never been to Miami the new town certainly had an American feel about the place. The old town is much more pleasant with quiet streets, squares and picturesque churches, we spent several hours wandering around the streets.

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When we got hungry we found a famous fish market where the local delicacy is Cerviche which is raw seafood covered in herbs and lime juice. It was surprisingly nice and refreshing in the blazing heat.

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We couldn’t come to Panama and not see the canal, Michelle was not exactly excited to see the modern wonder but I was not put off. We went to Miraflores lock which is one of the 3 locks on the canal and its certainly a little bigger than Birmingham’s locks. The locks are 300m long, 30m wide and contains 25 million gallons of water, which drain by gravity in under 8 minutes.

We managed to see several ships traverse the locks and even Michelle was amazed (well maybe she smiled) and seeing the massive tankers quickly making their way from one end to the other.

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Last stop; Dominican Republic for 11 days all inclusive at a 5 star resort, backpacking really is hard!!!

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