Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal is one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments and a must-see for every world traveler. It was completed in 1914 through the efforts of over 80,000 workers and was one of the most difficult and largest engineering projects every undertaken. Once finished, the Panama Canal enabled ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in half the time it previously required, and now the 48-mile canal sees over 14,000 ships pass every year. The journey cuts through Isthmus of Panama and takes about nine hours, as ships are lifted and lowered a total of approximately 170 feet through its three locks.
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