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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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Boats pass through the canal twice a day and you should time your visit around this. You are unable to view up close the process through the new canal that was built but that does not mean the older canal is less impressive. The tour...More
We were on Silversea Cloud. The weather co-operated (no rain) partly cloudy and little wind. Going through the Gatun locks was amazing when you consider they were built 100 years ago. The transit was pretty but not picturesque. When you think of the ingenuity, persaverance...More
To transit the Panama Canal has been on our list of things to do for many years. In preparation for our cruise, we watched a couple of videos about the building of the canal, read material about it, and viewed the youtube videos of people...More
Amazing to see in person the Miraflores locks. It is a real engineering marvel! Very easy to access from Panama City and very organized. You can watch a video showing the construction work and afterwards go upstairs to watch the ships moving thru the slips.
I Visited the Panama Canal and it was worth A VISIT. it is easily accessible by bus from the Albrook bus station to Miraflores. (When in Panama city it is worthwhile to get a metropass for $10 and you can use it to travel from...More
We watched a documentary on the making of the Panama Canal before actually embarking on an 8-hr journey through the locks on a cruise ship. It was fascinating to watch and helped put everything in context, giving us an appreciation of the history and tremendous...More
The early morning train ride to the canal was a good experience, from Panama City to Colon to took about 1-hour. The train leaves the station to Colon at 7:15am and it was comfortable. The train tour guide was very informative giving the history of...More
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
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 much less and safe, cost us $6 from Casco Viejo to the canal. We were also told the most ships pass through between 12-2 by a local so we changed our plans and arrived right at 1:30p and saw multiple ships go through. We talked to people who went earlier and later and saw none. But it takes time to see it go through and walk through the museum. If your connection was 8 hours I’d say go for it.
A better idea would be to Uber to Casco Viejo, walk around, grab a bite to eat and head back. That way you won’t be pressed for time.