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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.
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Gatun Lakee, Panama City, Panama
+507 272-3165
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you come to Panamá and You do not visit canal de Panamá You did not come to Panama. It is great place to understand how Panama grew and development.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank J4682QApeterh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great piece of engineering We arrived at 13 pm and watch the Imax for 45 minutes, than we watch the ships passed the canal that take a little bit longer than expected

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank yuvalramon
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Panama canal never disappoints, great place and it was lovely being able to see the ships as we arrived there. Last time we came was 5 years ago and there was reconstruction taking place at the time. We came again to see what had...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank morenam137
Reviewed 2 days ago

Timing was such that I got to see a ship pass through. Whole process took less than 15 minutes. Don't know if it was worth the $20 to see but it was a sight for sure. Paid another $10 to see the Imax movie about...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank veromarinba
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beyond all expectations! The "full" canal tour with Viator was a wonderful experience and memory of a lifetime!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Steve K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Unlike the locks on the Danube river, these locks are huge. The “mules” are the workhorse of the canal. Scenery is beautiful. Our ship went through slowly (8-10 knot per hour) so engine noise was minimal. We could hear the jungle life. Got bit by...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank cnanrw
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is certainly one if the greatest wonders of the world. It is magnificent to watch the gates of the canal open and close. It is amazing watching the shops pass through. It is great engineering and a spectacular thing to watch. We watched the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank halohaven
Reviewed 5 days ago

This engineering marvel is something that is 100% a must when you are in Panama. The museum there is also very very interesting.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Armin R
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is so unbelievable how men undertook such a task as this and how well it works! We had a very pleasant morning watching the ships go through the canal and what a well-oiled operation it is!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank travelguru06
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It’s a really cool engineering construction, you should totally check it out! Find out the hours of transit so it’s more awesome to see while functioning!

Date of experience: October 2019
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30 August 2019|
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Response from Topsecretclearence | Reviewed this property |
Yes but I suppose it depends on the time I would check google to get the hours.
11 July 2019|
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Response from Jeffcreek | Reviewed this property |
It was very warm for us. 90s. It is very close to the equator.