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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Gatun Lakee, Panama City, Panama
+507 272-3165
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank Amelia K
Reviewed 3 days ago

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

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Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank Jenny W
Reviewed 4 days ago

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.

Thank prmazzei
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A true engineering marvel. Excited to come back with the family to just sit and watch ships move through the slips. Nice museum and theater.

Thank LoneTreeGuy
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank pittman
Reviewed 1 week ago

I must say they have improved a lot and it has become almost an extraordinary visit. I would recommend to everybody.

Thank Istanbulapt
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank LG964
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank Hodari S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning view😍😍love the Biomuseo was espectacular and the tour guide was very friendly indeed everybody was very friendly including the security guard👍😍very highly recommended to do this trip😁😉😍

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10 October 2018|
Response from Jorge A | Reviewed this property |
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11 September 2018|
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Response from Liza R | Reviewed this property |
No one checks an ID, passport etc. if you go through customs getting into the country, you are fine. Panama now owns and runs the canal.
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29 July 2018|
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Response from Sara M | Reviewed this property |
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