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Alumni Travel Reading: Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Panama Culture and History

Rainforest Wildlife

Bright red frog with blue legs on leaf

Oophaga pumilio, 'Strawberry "blue jeans" Poison Dart Frog.'  Photographed by Jay Iwasaki.  Obtained with Creative Commons via Flickr.

Panama: Environmental Interests

Panama and Costa Rica

Industrial bridge with traintrack and foottraffic
Sixaola bridge, gateway to Panama via Costa Rica on the Carribean coast.  Photo by Arturo Sotillo and used with a Creative Commons license.

Bibliographer and Penn Alumni Travel

Selected and Annotated By:

Rebecca Stuhr
Coordinator for Humanities Collections
Librarian for History and Classical Studies

Website Edited By:

Kelsey LeClair
Specialist in Classical Studies
Administrative Assistant, Penn Libraries


For more information about this and other excursions, visit Penn Alumni Travel.

Four Centuries

Four Centuries of the Panama Canal  by Willis Fletcher Johnson,1857-1931.

Beginning with Colombus's voyage and ending with Yankee hegemony.  Johnson writes, "The Story is nearly four hundred centuries long and implicates, literally, mankind from China to Peru." You can read this online through, an openly accessible database with full text (read online) for those books published primarily before 1923. F

For a more pictorial work, try Panama Canal Pictures : Showing the Latest Photographs of the Progress Construction on the Isthmian Canal : together with a brief introduction, some interesting figures, and a map of the Canal Zone.

Click on pages to read book below or to download.

Pictorial Panama

Panama and Costa Rica: Toucans and Orchids

35 segments from the Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic series on Panama and Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Culture, History, and Nature

Musica Tipica

Costa Rica: Local Voices

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