Taboga Island is located 45 minutes outside of Panama City and while the pristine beach and perfect skyline is enough to make any vacationer happy, the views from the ferry ride to and form the island are my main takeaway. The $14 ferry ride is slow, calm and peaceful and you can view the beautiful Panama City skyline, Bridge of the Americas and large ships making their way to and from the Panama Canal.
Along the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal you will find the many ships and vessels queued, waiting their turn to transit the Canal.
There are roughly 40 ships which can pass through the Canal each day. The Panama Canal is the backbone of the country’s economic growth and interconnection to the global economy, therefore there are times some ships will be queued for days, awaiting their turn to enter and exit through the Canal.
The beauty of the trip between Panama City and Taboga Island lies in the opportunity to view massive vessels up close, to see their size relative to the small ferry boat, and in wonder all it takes to maintain the ships throughout the months long journey to and from their destination.
To see their massiveness against the impeccable blue sky and clear waters.
There isn’t anything like viewing the ships through their journeys to appreciate all it must take to ensure the stability of international commerce.
The beauty of travel lays in the smallest of teachable moments. When you become more aware of the world and just how it takes small inputs from a collective of individuals to make the world function, you ultimately recognize you too have a place in the world. The Panama Canal is celebrating it’s Centennial and in simply having the opportunity to view the enormous size of the ships waiting to pass through the Canal, I left with a feeling of just how special and critical the Canal is to my everyday life. The construction and maintenance of the ships, the monumental ability to cross from ocean to ocean without sailing around multiple countries, the perfectly-crafted sailing route. The ride to and from Taboga Island gave me a glimpse into the heart of cargo ships and the human ingenuity which has no bounds.