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 took about an hour to get to the canal. Once there, I was concerned with the crowd on the ferry boat. It turned out to be very manageable. We went through 3 locks and they were amazing. The other S...  more »
  • Visit the channel is expensive but it is a work that is worth seeing. Area hotels to the Miraflores locks, the taxi charged $10 and the entrance to the channel 20 more per person. Inside there is a well-made but little explanatory video and an interesting Museum. There are terraces to see the locks and if you're lucky, you can see passing a boat (that not we had). It is advisable to negotiate with a taxi which meet you after the visit, if you don't you will be charged more than 10 dollars to go back to the hotel!
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  • It is a great place, it costs 20 dollars. It is easy to reach, you can take the metro and go to albrook and from there take a metrobus saying Miraflores, then get off at the last stop of the bus that is on all the front the locks. It is a place to go with time to spare, to watch the spectacle of watching the boats in the midst of the locks, to get from one ocean to another.
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  • It was outstanding to do a full transit of the canal. It was a great experience to see it. The original locks are still in operation as well as the new ones that were just completed. It's amazing how the locks were designed and operated. The locks raise or lower you 85 feet depending on which way your going. The trip is well worth it to see one of the best engineering feats in the world. The tall bridges over the canal are really amazing as well.
  • Very nice to observe the transit of all ships and sail boats from one ocean to the other.
  • Be sure to check out the locks from both the bow (front) and the stern (rear) of your vessel. These locks have a mechanism that works entirely by gravity and it's really amazing to watch! We we're lucky enough to also have another ship entering next to us so we could see their progress as well. It was very cool! 🛳️
  • Panama Canal. Fascinating how the locks work. We were in the old loc is, parallel to the new ones that can accommodate larger ships. Lots of wildlife
  • It is the Panama Canal. This is a west coast to east coast full transit through the canal. They have locks and so do many other places. I have been through different locks and what sets these apart is the west coast basalt hill and the other volcanic deposits. Both the west coast and east coast have fantastic local arts.
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