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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  • July 23, 2017
    What better way to see Gatun Locks, than to go through them on your own boat! We doubled that when we were lucky to go through twice, on our own boat and also on a friends boat prior to our own transi...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    This lock is very impressive. The belvedere allows to have a complete vision of the lock. There is enough shade on the site.
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  • June 25, 2017
    Wonderful place; peaceful environment. Great to enjoy with family en friend for a get away. Must come  more »

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