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Address: Colon, Panama

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Wonderful experience.

Easy to get to but no signs so best to go on a tour or really, really know the maps. Navigation is poor. You are right on top of the locks. You see everything up close and its... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Howard R
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Westbury, New York
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Westbury, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Easy to get to but no signs so best to go on a tour or really, really know the maps. Navigation is poor. You are right on top of the locks. You see everything up close and its very interesting.

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Fantastic view of the locks in action - like it. The guide give the history and speaks english. He had coloring books for the children

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This was the highlight of the Panama Canal cruise. Be sure to get a tour guide who can explain the engineering of the locks if you enjoy that kind of thing. It's simply a marvel and it's a fun place to watch the large ships come through.

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Tucson, Arizona
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

You get a good perspective of how the canal system works to raise the ships up from sea level to Gatun Lake. Also you see how the local people have to live with the canal operation and getting from one side of the area to the other as the ships pass thru the locks.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We were dropped off in front of the Gatun Locks entrance Gate where there where many tour buses parked. On the opposite side of the street from the gate was a covered bus stop with a lady selling local produce and drinks. The commotion at the bus stop was due to a group of white-nosed coati (Nasua narica), also known... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Our guide, Jerin, owner and operator of Panama Day Trips, took us to these locks to avoid the crowds at Mira Flores locks. We are so glad he did. Reviews of Mira Flores talk about crowds and not being able to see the ships! How disappointing that would be! We basically had the observation deck to ourselves. It was amazing!... More 

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Birmingham
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

You can spend about 2hrs here watching these giant ships being pulled through this canal locks , little trains pull them along with tugs bringing up the rear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The Mira Flores locks are great but the Gatun lock complex knocks their socks offs any day! The viewing area gets you right up close so close u can also touch the ships as they transit. Ask your guide to take you across the East to west link road on the north side of the locks!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This is a must thing to see if large construction projects is your thing. Perhaps the easiest way to do it is on a cruise, but well worth a visit!

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parisf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

By all means if you have the opportunity to visit the Panama Canal on land, make it a trip to visit the Gatun Locks Visitor Center (Eclusas de Gatun) . There is a $5.00 admission fee well worth the price. Before climbing up the 90 steps to the top level where the Observation Tower is located, head to the restrooms... More 

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