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Address: Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507-841-9360
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Pretty busy when we were there. Ship in progress transiting. Sight lines good be better. Bleacher seating and standing room. Get there ahead of crowds is my advice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Bokeelia, Florida
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209 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Gatun Locks were in the final stages of expansion construction when we visited, so there was no visitor center to stop in. Though, looking at what was being built is impressive. Of all the locks, the Miraflores Visitor Center on the Pacific side has the best visitor center. They are all worth visiting. I highly recommend hiring a guide.... More 

Thank Michael D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pretty busy when we were there. Ship in progress transiting. Sight lines good be better. Bleacher seating and standing room. Get there ahead of crowds is my advice.

Thank tanchaser
Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have always wanted to come to the Panama Canal. It is amazing to watch the locks operate and remember that they were engineered over 100 years ago, and still are relevant.

Thank mel s
Carbonear, NL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I travelled to the Gtatun Locks as part of an excursion via a cruise. We had always wanted to see and experience the wonders of the Locks and we indeed had that opportunity. There are quite a few steps to walk up to find your way to the highest point and bet view of the Locks in... More 

Thank Kaacky
Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its impressive to look at what they built. How it works and how important it is for global commerce. love to come back

Thank JorgeKC
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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490 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been through many locks in my travels but this one was special due to its history. We went up to the observation deck and saw two ships come through the locks. The place was built in 1913 and many people lost their lives building it. They are going through an expansion period as they are building another lock... More 

Thank Nancy O
Thunder Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Whatever you do, do not book a cruise that stops in Colon without going through the locks. They are superb. Our recommendation is to sail through one way and book a tour to watch your own ship coming back through them. The Canal Expansion Project is about to open to add further interest to this location. Superb!

Thank ToodleooCaribou
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

There is a reason why it is called threading the needle because these super-container vessels go through a canal with only 18 inches on either side guided by sticks and ropes. For a photographer there are great shots to be had. It takes s10 to 20 minutes to see the locks actually making something take place but with patience you... More 

Thank DHExplorer
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We came to visit on a Caravan tour. We approached from the north from Colon first by paved road and then by gravel as we drive past the old locks and through the construction zone of the new locks. The new locks are very impressive and it is to Panama's credit that they took the leap of faith and built... More 

Thank JohnAnn B
St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

The locks are just impressive! These are old school compared to what is being built! Don't forget to explore gatun. The new canal extension is impressive

Thank Ed T

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