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Panama Canal

Gatun Lake, 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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Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
+507 272-3165
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Reviewed yesterday

A great place to go and check out. Not the most exciting but very interesting to see how we get things shipped to this side of the world! I will also amazed to see how this was built in the early years. Way before machines...More

Thank Loriesco
Reviewed yesterday

Technically very interesting and a very good visitor centre. The movie about the history of the canal changes from Spanish to English and back every hour.

Thank MarcelvdB
Reviewed yesterday

Seeing the Panama canal and the Gatun locks, both old and new, is a great experience. The fact that the original locks have operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for over 100 years, is a truly remarkable feat of engineering. The historical...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent sometime watching ships cross the canal and observing how the locks work. There's a quick 10 minute video that makes an attempt at explaining how the locks work, but it could have been better and more interestingly explained. The history behind the canal is...More

Thank sirena19
Reviewed 2 days ago

As a fascinating side trip to what was itself a side trip on the way to Costa Rica we stayed in a hotel on the bay at the entrance to the Panama Canal. It was a short drive up the river to the tourist center...More

Thank cberry211
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pleasantly surprised with the visitors centre here after paying what felt like a steep $15. The exhibitions are very informative and staff helpful, although it does get busy. Good view of the locks from viewing platform and up Miraflores lake too.

Thank Greg B
Reviewed 3 days ago

You cant go to Panama and not visit the Canal! It's an important piece in history and current economics, business etc.

Thank willias4
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went to go see the canal to say I've been there. Payed $15 for a ticket. Now that includes access to a lookout point to see the canal, a theater to watch a 10 min video, and access to the 4 story museum of the...More

Thank Zoe D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What an engineering marvel. Even after 100+ years, it's impressive technology. Getting in was easy $30/person with a short line. BE CAREFUL of timing as the canal locks shut down from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm the day we visited. This sounded like a common...More

Thank Derek K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We did a partial transit with Panama Marine Excursions. It was well organised with breakfast and lunch and a coach back to the marina. A great deal of helpful information was told to us by one of the guides on the boat. A great day...More

Thank Linda H
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Allen C
10 April 2017|
Response from Allen C |
One thing I should add is we are NOT staying at the Decameron resort.
12 March 2017|
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Response from theycallmesven | Reviewed this property |
I believe you will have to claim your luggage in order to clear customs and take your bags with you for the night in chile.