Amazing photos of countries from space
These satellite images provide the ultimate view of some of the world's most interesting places.
Snaking between North and South America, Panama has one of the most famous human-made features ever created: the Panama Canal. Despite its skinny stature and tropical climate, this nation actually has a lot of geographic diversity. Waters on both sides of the country are teeming with reef life, while mountains, rivers and the dense forests of the Darien Gap are all only a few hours' drive away from one another.
The Darien Gap, located in the southernmost point in Panama, was once a haven for smugglers and rebel groups from Colombia. It remains impenetrable to this day. This is the only place where the Pan-American Highway, which stretches all the way from Alaska to Patagonia, does not pass through. There is a 60-mile gap where the road is literally blocked by the Darien woods.