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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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An Engineering Marvel

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 

Nanaimo
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Bozeman, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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.

Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 

Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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!

Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Mijas, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did the full day Panama Canal full transit tour from flamenco Marina in Panama City to colon and return by bus. Everything was well planned and executed by the pacific queen tour operator. The canal locks are very interesting and the only disappointing thing on this tour is that you will not use the new locks for Neopanamax ships... More 

Jesup, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The engineering and history of the Panama Canal is amazing. It was different from many other locks we've been through because of the size of the ships going through. If you watch from the North side of the boat/ship (assuming you are going through the old locks) you will be able to see the new locks & watch ships go... More 

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