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Gatun Locks

Colon, Panama
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Colon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Playa Coronado, Panama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We took our Panama Roadrunner staff to see the expansion and was impressed by the size of the gates, the organization and a very nice observation center.

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Baar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Informative films about histoy and works. Good explications about new locks. partially Bad road to get there.

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Midwest City, Oklahoma
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Absolutely fantastic! What a treat to witness ships traversing the canals. We thoroughly enjoyed the historical narrative provided by Mario #3. Make sure to take pictures from several angles and viewpoints to accurately capture the engineering marvel of the canal.

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We took a cruise ship's tour and had more than an hour to watch the locks operate and ships pass through. It was easy to view and really fascinating, with excellent explanations about how it works.

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quebec
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I went to Miraflores and a week later Gatun! If you're based in Panama city, Gatun is further true, but wayyyyy less people... I had trouble taking a picture at Miraflores without 20 persons in it! At Gatun, we were 6! You have a great view that way and can see the whole process without people pushing you! They play... More

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Breda
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visited both Miraflores Locks as well as Gatun. This one much better because a) not that growed due to distance from Panama and b) 3 levels direct in line and c) much closer to the canal/ships. No museum as in Miraflores though.

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

First lock from the Caribbean. You can park your car and go to the "El Mirador" and watch the history of the Panama Canal, and therefore see the big ships passing thru.

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Curitiba, Brazil
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

It`s amazing to see the boats up close! Go with time and enjoy the complete passage of the ship, they get close to the margins and to the people! If you can, have lunch in the restaurant and enjoy the view...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I've visited the locks at Miraflores and Gatun, and by far the locks at Gatun give you a better view of the action. You're so close you can see how the locks open and the water level rises, and you can better appreciate the precision of the movements. The down side is that you will need a car to get... More

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our Holland America cruise ship docked at Fuerte Amador, Panama, on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. The Gatun Locks was on the Atlantic side, and almost a 2-hour drive from where we had tendered to shore. The Gatun Lock was still a piece of engineering. We stood there on the observation deck at the Visitor Center for over... More

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