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“Historic Canal”
Review of Panama Canal

Panama Canal
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$145.00*
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise
Ranked #1 of 184 things to do in Panama City
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Totally different that what I expected - the actual canal (not the locks) is HUGE and they are adding an additional lock and widening the canal - quite a site

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

If you visit Panama, you just absolutely must visit the canal locks. It was impressive to watch the ships moving through the different locks, and to think about the years and years of work and engineering that made that possible. This is something that everyone should see and do once in their life. And given the opportunity, I think it would be great to ride through. (Apparently you can only go all the way through the canal on the first Saturday of the month as a tour--at least while I was there.)

However, I agree with others. Once you see a few boats go through, and recognize what's happening, that's really all there is to see. Still, this is a must-see tourist attraction!

To comment on what someone else said... Yes, they are already working on expansion of the canal and are building new locks on both the Atlantic and Pacific side to accommodate larger ships. But these will be separate locks from what is already operating. The current ones will continue to be used. If you are at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center at night, you can see the lights from the contruction site of the new locks coming from the other side of a tall hill. You can't actually see the construction from there though.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Two ways to visit this attraction, from a small motor boat based out of Gamboa Resort and by ferry which takes you through the locks. We did both and it was great to see from both perspectives. The Monkey Island tour from Gamboa Resort is a wonderful dip into the rainforest wildlife, we saw Capybaras, Toucans, monkeys, crocs and various other wildlife. We were taken out there by Neil from Panama Roadrunners, a private tour company, Denise looked after alll our bookings and personalised our days, ideal for when you only have a short holiday, and Neil looked after us on the drives, we highly recommend using the Roadrunners to maximise your visit in Panama City. The ferry ride down the canal from Gamboa to the Pacific through Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks was a lazy trip down the waterway accompanied by vast vessels, we were lucky enough to share the locks with a huge car carrier which made it all the more interesting. Take sunscreen and a hat as it is hot and humid.

3  Thank Deb C
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Impressive construction ! It still continues . They would like to make is larger than it is now. In a few years would be completely different

1  Thank Lucy G
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

This was a great experience. It took eight hours. But it is a memory worth making. We have been in and out from the Caribbean, but never all the way through. You need to experience the whole trip.

Thank xzytt
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