When a small country is home to nearly 1,000 bird species, seeing something colorful and beautiful in the trees is not a rare event. Seeing four resplendent quetzals in a tree just a hundred feet away, however, is something on a whole different level. I went for a hike hoping to see some wildlife but came back with a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.
A canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific and a highway from Alaska to Patagonia. Those were the two great infrastructure projects intended to transform the geography of the Americas. The fate of both schemes was determined in Panama. One eventually succeeded; the other failed.