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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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  • This has to be one of the greatest feat of engineering I'll ever see , amazing to see the size of the ships that pass through some seem to be touching the sides but somehow ease through. Takes about 3...  more »
  • a piece of engineering world view of anyone interested by the expanded channel found it in the waters clear visitor center. You can cross the channel extended by one of the gates and go visit your car or bus, the Gatun locks. Sluice-gate that has over 100 years of serving the world maritime traffic
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  • One planned highlight of our cruise was to be passage thru the Gatun locks of the Panama Canal. Our ship, Coral Princess, passed thru the locks with just 2 feet to spare. The locks are an engineering ...  more »