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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  • Location co account a good structure for visitors, with a film about the work of the channel and its expansions and a gazebo where you can observe the passage of ships. The ticket cost him $15.00 in October 2017.
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  • These are the "old locks". You can see most of them for free traveling along the road beside them. Great view of the emergency spillway and power station. Nice ferry you can take for free to cross the...  more »
  • Has been a good experience to visit the Panama Canal at the Miraflores locks, see how the passage of lis system ships, the transfer of water to allow save the different slopes between each area of the gates, the work of locomotives power to keep the distance to the walls, which in some cases are non-existent, it is all a work of engineering that gives origin to the country on the other hand you can visit the Museum, which is very interesting and full and of course view the 10-minute documentary for having the idea channel total
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