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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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  • The Panama Canal has to be one of the most iconic engineering projects ever. To be able to get this close and see it working is wonderful. There is plenty of information to take in but just watching w...  more »
  • Visiting the Panama Canal has long been on my bucket list and I finally got to visit via a cruise ship in January. It's incredible to witness the symphony of moving these huge ships through this tiny ...  more »
  • Wonderful place to visit in your lifetime. I'd choose this over the new locks. So much history. Yes technology is used but it's still old school. Lots of friendly staff to wave to as they transport sh...  more »