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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 today

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
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Reviewed today 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
Thank falcmarian
Reviewed yesterday

Very educational.. Had the opportunity to see two ships pass through the canal...and many ships waiting their turn. Really cool.

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

Man made at a big price. Definitely the number one site to see in Panama. Do not come here and miss the canal.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Preston B
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the true wonders of the world...a visit is not to be missed. Enjoy as meal overlooking the locks as ships from around the world pass by.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank BPaddick
Reviewed 4 days ago

We sailed through on a sailing ship, unfortunately not under sail. The size of the container ships that went through were just incredible. It was exciting to watch the trains that pulled the ships through and the locks in action. An experience that should. It...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Anne N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Learning about the Canal and watching the ships pass during my visit was interesting. It’s a must see place.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank TexasTina2018
Reviewed 5 days ago

Transited the Panama Canal on a memorable sunny day on board the Cunard Queen Victoria from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Entered the first of 3 Gatun Locks at 10am, midday into Gatun Lake, 2pm through Culebra Cut, followed by Pedro Miguel and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Ken18
Reviewed 6 days ago

got the chance to take a pair of uncles and aunts from boston to see both of the locks they were blown away by the miraflores lock since we sat at the vip area of the restaurant atlantic and pacific., watch 3 mega sjps go...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank paul d
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great views and information about one of the wonders of the world. Describing the Panama Canal is nothing like seeing how it works. Its remarkable.

Date of experience: March 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.