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Address: Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 272 3165
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this...

Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this fifty-mile waterway transports ships by raising them from sea level to more than 85 feet via a series of gravity-powered locks.

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You can't be in Panama and not go!

$15 entry for non-residents, this is a great attraction in Panama. We stood and watched the ships move through the locks for quite a while, there are people on microphones who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

$15 entry for non-residents, this is a great attraction in Panama. We stood and watched the ships move through the locks for quite a while, there are people on microphones who tell you a little about where the ships are from, how everything happens... The price that ships have to pay to move through the 80km canal!!!!!! The small museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you rent a car, drive yourself and save money. Check before you go to find out if a ship will be passing through upon your visit. Great experience. Great observatory to view the ships. Afterwords visit the museum in lower decks to get a real feel for the canal. You can see the "new canal" from observatory but not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see, a modern marvel! I was amazed at the engineering, could not believe I was going through the Canal. The tour guide Juan Carlos "JC", was very knowledgeable, knew his history and spoke excellent English. The tour group we chose, was very professional and well worth the cost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to see by your own, new canal completed and working well, for sure once vacation has to spent here are

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Panama Canal is a must when you visit Panama. You can see the huge cargo ships passing through the canal, yu can also see the maintenance work which is being done non- stop to make the canal accessible. As far as the nature lovers are concerned, they will have a chance the observe some animals like birds and monkeys... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Canal is a stop that simply cannot be missed. If you are someone who is a bit nerdy like myself, you will marvel at the awe-inspiring engineering from a century ago that allows these building-sized cargo ships to pass from the Atlantic to the Pacific seemingly with ease. I would recommend getting there as early in the day as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The new widening of the Panama Canal locks at Aqua Clara (Atlantic side) truly is a spectacular man-made wonder. We saw a massive cargo ship being transported through the locks on our visit--wow! The visitor center is new and has a nice view overlooking the locks and the lake with a nice view of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the worlds modern marvels. Watching how the water is raised, and how they bring the ships through. This is definitely worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I really liked visiting the infrastructure, hearing about the history of how the canal was built, the countries involved and now the fact that the canal has returned to being controlled by Panama. Seeing a ship cross from north to South America was amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent experience. Two places for visitors. One on the Pacific side at Miraflores Locks and a new visitors center on the Atlantic side to see the new neopanamax locks at Agua Clara.

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