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07. Nov, 2009

Dominican Republic

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07. Nov, 2009

Panama

Panama is an international business center, and has the largest economy in Central America. It is also the fastest growing economy and the largest per capita consumer in Central America. Panama City is very much like Miami beach, except more English is spoken here.

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07. Nov, 2009

Colombia

Here is a map of colombia

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07. Nov, 2009

Gatún Locks

Gatún Locks, Panama Canal

About an hours bus ride North from Portebello is the city of Colon. Back in the day, Colon was one of the wealthiest cities in the Americas. Today, it is still home of the second largest free trade zone in the world. Just outside the city are the Gatún Locks. Built in the early 1900’s during the construction of the Panama Canal, the Gatún Locks raise or lower ships the necessary 85 feet between Lake Gatún and the Caribbean Sea. It was then, and still is today, one the greatest engineering works even achieved.

07. Nov, 2009

Portobelo

Portobelo

Black Christ, Portobelo Panama

Today, Portobelo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded and built in the late 1500’s and was the port city for the town of Colón Panama. It was used as a silver exporting port for the various fleets of Spanish treasure ships. Being at the center for a wealth of silver, Portobelo was heavily fortified with many forts. But despite it’s fortification, it was a victim of the attacks by Captain Henry Morgan back in the mid 1600’s. The town was captured and plundered and stripped of all of its wealth.

Today, Portobelo is a sleepy city with a population of less than 3,000 people. You can still see many of the ruins of Fuerte San Jerónimo, Castillo Santiago de la Gloria, and San Felipe de Sotomayor.

Portobelo is also the home of the Black Christ (El Cristo Negro). Iglesia San Felipe de Portobelo, the parish that houses the statue, has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. The original parish was destroyed during Captain Henry Morgan’s pirate attack on Portobelo, and was later replaced by a small wooden church. Today, the present church, without the bell tower, was completed in 1814. The bell tower was later built in 1945.

Each year on October 21st, thousands of pilgrims are drawn to one the largest religious processions in Panama. They come to pay homage to the statue of Jesus Nazarene, or better know as the Black Christ.

07. Nov, 2009

San Blas Islands

Here are the San Blas Islands

07. Nov, 2009

Cartagena

Cartagena

Dancing in CartagenaCartagena is a beautiful city full of color and life. As one of the most exciting cities in the world, Cartagena has a lot going for it. Boca Grande is a peninsula very similar to Miami, full of hotels right on the beach. Clubs, shopping districts, and fine dinning everywhere. I stayed across the bay in a district called Manga. Since I sailed here via boat, I was staying in Club Natico which is a nice place all by itself. It’s really fun to meet other cruisers, find out where they are from, and share stories.

But what Cartagena is really know for is Centro Historico, or the Historical Center of town. Its the largest Colonial Zone in the New World, the upkeep of the city is second to none. At over 400 years old, the streets and buildings are so well preserved they look as though they were constructed yesterday.

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