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. Use our Colon trip planner to visit Gatun Locks on your trip to Colon, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It has good parking lots can be paid with credit card entry has restaurant terraces overlooking the canal. Shop video room there are viewpoints guides walking trails excellent picnic spot pra share in family.
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  • The Museum is very interesting and the work of engineering and construction in the panama canal is awesome, has a rich history and Museum explains you everything. It is essential to visit it. The price of admission is a little expensive (are $15) If you are not a resident, compared to if you are it is worth $3. You should be aware of schedules before you go because there is a period of about 3-4 hours that do not pass boats already than first passan from North to South and then South to North.
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  • Went through on a cruise ship. Neat to see how the old train mules still pull the boats. It was interesting and obviously quite historical, but other lock systems are more impressive.  more »

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