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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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  • Toured the Gatun locks on Norwegian Pearl cruise ship. Went through the locks and then took a shore excursion to see other ships go through. An amazing experience to see this engineering marvel. 
  • Very nice visitor center of the canal in Aguas Claras, great views, excellent service, very nice facilities! recommended the days of week, beautiful photos
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  • Built over 100 years ago, to save approx 7000 miles of sailing around the South American Peninsula, much lives were lost by the French and later by Americans who took on the amazing yet treacherous ta...  more »