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Address: Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507-841-9360

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There are not many places in the world where you can watch huge ships at close quarters as they pass through the 3 Gatun locks, the biggest with only 2ft to spare either side. One... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There are not many places in the world where you can watch huge ships at close quarters as they pass through the 3 Gatun locks, the biggest with only 2ft to spare either side. One other place on the same scale is the 3 Gorges dam in China. We are transiting the canal on a yacht but from the viewing... More 

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Hercules, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Very informative staff. Patricia personally answered all of my questions in good English about the incredible facts and little of the controversial history of the canal; she wasn't aware that we could've spoken Spanish until towards the end. Make sure to check out the top for a good photo op while ships pass, but not as close as my brother,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

On my recent panama canal cruise, this was one of the few shore excursions offered. At first it seemed like it would be redundant since I was doing a full transit of the canal on the ship. However, it turned out to greatly enhance the transit. You get a very different perspective of how the locks function when you watch... More 

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North Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Very interesting trip combined it with the ruins. Our guide was very informed and shared his wealth of information. The museum was all in Spanish but having a guide assisting us with the translation was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The Visitor Center here is quite nice and the staff is very knowledgeable. The movie in the theater is very informative (unlike the stupid 3D movie at Miraflores Visitor Center.) The Expansion of the canal is simply amazing. This is a must see. And you must drive through the locks....incredible. We were probably 35 feet from a huge cargo ship.!

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St. Catharines, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Great new viewing centre with short movie about the locks. Short nature trail at the side of the property. We felt the $15 US each entry fee was a little steep, especially since we had already paid $15 each at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre the day before. One visit to either would have been enough - or a combined... More 

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Vancouver, BC, CAD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We were on the ms Amsterdam, on a relocation cruise through the Canal. Gatun Locks at six in the morning, and the skies lit up with thunder and lightening, almost as if the heavens were celebrating our visit! Over a 100 years old, this marvel of engineering is truly fascinating. The histroy, knowing that those heroes gave their lives in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We went to the Miraflores locks and really enjoyed them. The view from the Gatun locks platform was even better and it was really fun to see the two way traffic so close.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We arrived by cruise ship May 3rd and Roberto and driver picked up the four of us up from the ship. The van was air conditioned. We drove by the new canal construction and he gave us a great close-up view of the locks on our way to the Fort. Our route to the Fort took us through the rain... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This lock allows you to be so close to the ships that you feel you can almost touch them. I was mesmerized by watching the ships go through each level while they were inches from the sides of the canal. So cool! and there was a guide explaining every step of the way in Spanish and English. I've seen locks... More 

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Address: Address: Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507-841-9360
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Colon Province  >  Colon

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