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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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  • A great feat of engineering cruising through the Gatun Locks. We chose to stay on the ship so as to cruise both ways through the Panama Canal  more »
  • We went with NCL on a 17 day cruise out of Miami to Seattle. We were delighted to go through all the original locks and spent all day going through all 3 from the Caribbean to the Pacific. The history...  more »
  • Chose to do a private tour rather than the one offered by the cruise ship we were on. The cruise ship's tour was £129, we paid $15 each and 6 of us shared a private bus. The driver was very knowledgea...  more »

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