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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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No one goes to Panama and does not see the canal (unless they already have). We were no exception, except that given my skeptical nature, I figured it would be a yawn. It was... read more

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

No one goes to Panama and does not see the canal (unless they already have). We were no exception, except that given my skeptical nature, I figured it would be a yawn. It was not. We visited the Miraflores lock and found it fascinating. The museum there was great and we got there just in time to see the last... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We all know about the Panama Canal and going there is a fantastic experience - at least if you are a bit nerdy :-) Make sure to be there when they open at 0900, then you will see the morning traffic of ships. I was there just before the new part was inaugurated so they may have changed it -... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Canal is one of the most important engineering feats of the last century. Any visitor to Panama must see the Canal and preferably, should tour the Canal on a boat and go through the locks. It was wonderful to have this experience on a nice, sunny day.

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Thank Margaret C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did a Holland America Caribbean cruise especially to see Panama Canal. We bought a ship excursion which was advertised as a full transit. The ship (Zuiderdam) went through the first 3 lock gates raising ship about 95ft. There was a cargo ship in the lock ahead of us and another cruise ship in the adjacent lock. This was a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fantastic trip down the Panama Canal!! We went from the Atlantic to the pacific side! It was neat to hear all the facts and history behind the building of the canal! To me this was a bucket list item that didn't disappoint!!! The Panama Canal is a must see!!!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No tour necessary, I just took an Uber to the Miraflores Visitor Center and had a wonderful time watching the ships go through the locks, and going through the four-floor museum about the building of the canal. The amount of knowledge, ingenuity, and serious heavy-duty equipment that went into the Canal is mind-blowing! And over a hundred years later, it's... More 

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

Crowded but fascinating Interesting movie on the development of the canal. We saw a ship going through the Maraflores locks.

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Thank cmeru51
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is very interesting attraction, specially if you like history. Defienetly must see if you go to Panama. Entrance cost 15USD, if you go by the redturist bus then buy ticket on the bus to avoid queue. Check time table to go there when the big ships are crossing. First time I did not see any ship crossing and second... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I swam, canoed and fished throughout this lake as a teen. Revisited it as an adult. Still amazing. A boat trip will filled your senses with sights of flying parrots, macaws, more birds that I can describe. You will see big fish and the occasional gator/caiman/crocodile. The giant ships making their way through the canal will amaze you and the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make your reservation at least 1 month in advance. They pick you up and drop you off at your hotel and have lunch on the boat. Lots of pictures!!!

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