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Address: Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number:
+507 272-3165
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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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Trip to the Panama Canal

I had always wanted to visit this historical site and I was there this past January. When in Panama its a must!! Just looking at the vessels how they come through the canal is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Miami Lakes, Florida
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Miami Lakes, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had always wanted to visit this historical site and I was there this past January. When in Panama its a must!! Just looking at the vessels how they come through the canal is amazing. A must do ONCE!!

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Clifton Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We made the crossing uneventfully other than some scraps on the side of the ship during one portion that was a little tight. The ability to see and watch the operations of the canal are amazing. We also had a chance to experience the surrounding rain forest during a pretty intense rain storm which was pretty awesome. As we reached... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had always wanted to see the canal, and it exceeded expectations. The museums were very well done and informative. We took a day cruise though the Mira Flores lock, tagging along with a large tanker. You watched the water levels equalize, and the forward lock opening. We only saw the gate to the massive Panamax canal, completed last year... More 

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Nanaimo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Figured we had to do it and we weren't disappointed. Think we lucked out as we made it through the full transit in just under 3 hours. We didn't have to wait. The food and the hosts onboard were good. We booked through viator and service was good. The history and the experience was a highlight of our trip.

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Thank EiteHost
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On a small boat you might end up going through at night! It is so amazing to experience the engineering and beauty of this unique and historic marvel.

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Thank ValleyFor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the Pacific Queen tour for a partial transit (3 locks). We were blown away at seeing the canal operate. Totally incredible!

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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic day trip from your hotel. If you visit Panama you must visit the Panama Canal! Lots of good information, and very good perspective.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter, myself and our Panama friend spent a couple hours in the wonderful new visitors center high above the Caribbean end locks. I am told this is the best place to watch ships in the new wider locks, and also see ships come and go thru the older Gatun locks. The information , vantage point and spoken guide information... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our private Tour by my friend Mario took us to the Gatun Locks in the Panama Canal. We got to spend an hour watching the locks and the ships pass through. There is a lecture over the PA system in both English and Spanish so you can listen and learn about how the locks operate! WE found it fascinating!

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What an awesome experience transiting through the Panama Canal. We cruised from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.

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