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Gatun Locks

Address: Colon, Panama
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Colon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped to visit locks and was lucky enough to see ships going through from both directions. Very informative narration upstairs where there is a viewing platform. If you need a cold pop or water before leaving walk across the road and purchase from one of the locals.

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Summerfield, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Amazing views of the locks. This was part of our shore excursion from our Princess Coral cruise ship. The only downfall would be that you have to climb a multitude of stairs in order to get up to the viewing area and then there are a ton of tourists that you have to mingle through, but it is worth the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We used Almiza Tours company. Alex our tour guide and Felix the driver are wonderful. Gatun Locks is a must see trip. A tour to the rainforest is a pleasant walk to see various types of birds, butterflies, monkeys etc. We had a great time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Spectacular and a wonder of the world Its so impressive to see this bit of history. Especially if you catch a cruise ship going through

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Panama City, Panama, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

No restaurant, crammed full of tourists. Long stairs to reach full view, not for impatient visitors as the boats take ages to pass by or visitors with some sort of impairment. Visit the gupc expansion site for a better view of the locks and the new lock project.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

On a recent cruise throught the Panama Canal, we opted for an Eco Tour boat trip from Colon back to the Gatun Locks and boat trip on the lake. The tour of the locks was far superior this day to the "eco-tour" of the lake. You may think that since you just went through the Gatun Locks, this would be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I enjoyed this better than Miraflores. The only benefit of Miraflores is the museum which is nice. Gatun is closer and less touristy which I liked. From there easily you can see the new construction which is fascinating.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Gatun Locks are about an hour from Panama City but the visit is well worth it. They are much better than the Miraflores locks. The outdoor restaurant is decent but you can sit down, enjoy a meal and refreshments and watch the ships enter and leave the canal. But best of all is that you are directly looking at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I visited the Mirallores last year, so that this lock was not particularly memorable. But it is special in its own ways. It provides a closer and better view of passing ships, since the platform is not much higher than passing ships. Also it is less crowded. Some locomotives were on display, and people could climb onto them. If I... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The viewing platform is elevated above the locks and you can see everything and it is well explained. It is also quite crowded and busy, so you have to jostle for a view. A neat stop to take when in the area, but it likely only needs 30 -40 minutes to see a ship pass through so you will want... More 

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