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Gatun Locks

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Address: Colon, Panama

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More interesting than the Miraflores Locks!

During our stay at the Melia Hotel we went had to cross the Gatun Locks to go to the San Lorenzo National Park. The road went throught the locks! On the way back we also visited... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Piriapolis, Uruguay
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Piriapolis, Uruguay
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

During our stay at the Melia Hotel we went had to cross the Gatun Locks to go to the San Lorenzo National Park. The road went throught the locks! On the way back we also visited the upper part. More interesting and less tourists around and an excellent explanation of the lady in charge in several languages. Entrance Fee 5,-... More 

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Terrace, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The hydraulic,mechanical and engineering workings of the locks system at Gatun near Colon, Panama are truly impressive when you see large ships going through them close up from the viewing area.The engineering feat for the construction and opening date of 1914, was definitely a marvel for that era. The three locks at gatun , one at Pedro Miguel halfway through... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

If you want to pay a visit to a lock in Panama, this is the place. You're coming very close to the vessels and it is fascinating to see how big they are. Not an amazing experience, but visiting the canal feels like a must do when visiting Panama.

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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We traversed the Gatun Locks in January and continued on into the Gatun Lake, later going back on and continued on our cruise. We took a side trip and were among the few that were allowed to leave the ship to see the countryside and the locks operation up close. A true marvel of engineering and another item off the... More 

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Elkridge, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you visit Colon the Gatun Locks is something you must see. The information on how the locks were constructed and the new locks are being constructed is educational. To actually watch a ship proceed through the locks is just amazing. It is a tour that should not be missed.

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LONDON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Took a trip off of our cruise ship to see these locks, reached by coach after taking railway along the canal from Colon to Panama City. There was an English speaking guide on the gantry at the locks which helped explain, but just watching the gates open and shut, the water levels change and the locomotives pull the ships through... More 

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Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Took as a part of cruise package. Got to view the lock in their majesty. A must do if you are in Panama.

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Playa Coronado, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Incredible views of the ships coming and going - you are WAY CLOSER to the boats passing by then you will experience at the Mira Flores Locks (on the pacific side - but that are VERY impressive as well, and have an EXCELLENT museum..). BTW, the guidebooks speak of the Gatun Locks as having a completed museum, however this is... More 

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New Albany, Indiana
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We live along the Ohio River with locks very close. Although these are much larger the principal is the same We watched a large cargo ship pass through.It is a very slow process but one you might want to witness There is no guarantee that you will see a ship on your visit

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a much more up close and personal observatory of the operations of the Panama Canal lock systems than you get at the Miraflores Locks in Panama City. Very awe inspiring.

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