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Gatun Locks, Colon
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Watch southbound ships raised 29.5 m (97 ft) from the Caribbean to Lago Gatun at Gatun Locks, a set of locks leading to the Panama Canal. Opened in 1914, the locks represented one of the finest engineered structures at the time, and the world's largest concrete construction until the building of the Hoover Dam in 1930. It takes around two hours to move the ships through the locks, so grab a seat at the viewing stand opposite the control tower to see the whole process unfold. To visit Gatun Locks on your holiday in Colon, and find out what else Colon has to offer, use our Colon vacation builder.
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  • Very interesting, nice beautiful landscape. Great to see a boat pass from Gatun lake to the Atlantic Ocean. The presentation video quite interesting too and good size. It is interesting that while see...  more »
  • It is a work record. One remains amazed of how start this work many years ago when the technology which was was rudimentary and now as we continue to grow with the needs of the maritime world
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  • But what a difference it made building the Panama Canal on the worlds maritime travel networks! It was a common story that should have been learned by the French before they turned up in the 1880s thi...  more »