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Panama Canal

Gatun Lakee, Panama City, Panama
+507 272-3165
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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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  • Average6%
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“miraflores locks” (546 reviews)
“bucket list” (259 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Gatun Lakee, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed yesterday

Prepared to spend at least 2-3 hours if you like to see all the exhibits. We were able to lean about the history and complication of operating the canal. It was fascinating to be there to see the short cut of two big oceans.

Thank Keiko P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I knew nothing about the canals but the museum section informs you of how the canals work and the amount of people it took to create them. Tens of thousands of people died making these canals and they came from all over the world. It's...More

Thank encouragement8
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see in Panama. Everyone on the group enjoyed it very much. We had the opportunity to go through the old locks and then another day drive over the new locks. Outstanding experience!

Thank fooded
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A definite must see if you spend any time in Panama city. Go through the museum of history on how it was built first. It is 3 levels and once you get to the top, the view on the upper level is beautiful. The engineering...More

Thank Janie D
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We toured the museum and watched their movie. Unfortunately there were no ships scheduled to go through the locks in the morning of our visit. Fortunately we were allowed to return later in the day as long as we kept our tickets. You really don’t...More

Thank Linda L
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Check this out at the visitors center, full with information, for kids and adults, is worth a visit, so much to see and do, a must do when you are in panama, nice to see ships crossing in only a few meters distance !

Thank wouter94
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Panama Canal is a very interesting site to see. Ships from the Pacific ocean get to the Atlantic ocean through this Canal. Worth checking out if you are in Panama City and very affordable to get in.

Thank Jazz905
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a small group cruise through the canal. So much better than on a large cruise ship. Lots to see. We spent three nights in the canal and visited the small islands and really enjoyed our visit.

1  Thank Manny S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Living in central London, we already know how canal locks work. But, seeing them on this level is still very impressive. There are regular showings of a film in both English & Spanish. It's only 10min and production values not particularly high, but its entertaining....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s ok not really fascinated by it. I appreciate the historical significance. Great views at sunset.

Thank Adrian P
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Mary J G
24 May 2018|
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Response from william s | Reviewed this property |
Gray line tour boat. It was affordable and very informative. They picked us up at hotel, took us to the lake, boarded tour boat, went thru two sets of locks, under Bridge of the Americas, had lunch on the boat and exited... More
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sparky2040
13 February 2018|
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Response from Diane F |
You go through the first series of locks into Gatun Lake and then return by the same series of locks later in the same day to the ocean you came in on.
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Lynda123_chris
12 February 2018|
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Response from Hans N | Reviewed this property |
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