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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Gatun Lakee, Panama City, Panama
+507 272-3165
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Bucket List Item: Done This needs to move father up most peoples lists! It was much more interesting and exciting then I had even expected.

Thank JetGypsy_11
Reviewed yesterday

Even though you may only see one ship/barge pass through the canal, the fact that it allows the Pacific and Atlantic to be connected by a mechanical marvel of metal is reason enough to take the trip to one of the 7 technical wonders of...More

Thank Edgardo S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I went through the Canal while on a cruise ship with friends. It is an absolutely stupendous feat of engineering and endurance. Will it be affected by rising sea levels?

Thank califcasl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Got to watch the ships pass through the locks, excited to see. Went on part of our day tour. Has snack bar we were able to eat bottled water. Great walk through display that goes up 4 floors. Friendly help in all areas. Small store...More

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Guided tour was too fast. Personal tour three years ago was better. Recommend doing your own thing. Most exhibits self explanatory.

Thank lee2835
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As one of the engineering marvels of the world, this is a must stop when you are in Panama. From other visitors, they mentioned that only small ships cross the canal in the morning. They came back a second time to see the large ships...More

2  Thank Esther S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Going though the canal from west to east on board a cruise ship. All I can say its fantastic. The engineering is amazing. Do it !!!!

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I took the Panama Canal Partial Package Tour and amazed how this one of the 8th wonders of the world operates. The ship fits perfectly in the locks and it's like we were not moving. Look carefully how the water fill up...More

Thank Jaime L
Reviewed 5 days ago

We live on Mississippi River so we're use to locking through, this is simply bigger scale. Is must see for few hours if you are in Panama. Make sure to time visit so you can see video documentary

Thank J S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a must for first timers in Panama. Such a marvelous piece of engineering that will leave visitors in awe. Went with my family of 4 and two young children who enjoyed watching the ships pass through the canal. We did not visit the...More

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September 11, 2018|
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Response from starryk02 | Reviewed this property |
We were at the canal last week - we took our passports but were never asked for them
Sebastien S
July 29, 2018|
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Response from Sara M | Reviewed this property |
I’ll add because I have different info. We got in midday and going through immigration took some time. Going through security entering also took some time. I think it would be cutting it very close. Ubering in the country is... More
Jen S
July 24, 2018|
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Response from Susan M | Reviewed this property |
We did a Saturday tour that only operates every 3rd weekend---we were there in July which is the slow season. The company we used offered one full day or half day. Hope that helps.