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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  • Interesting but maybe you can choose another excursion. There is so much to see in Scotland. I thought this one would take you somewhere else but the boat comes around. The lock is the attraction basi...  more »
  • It is fascinating what technical requirements were implemented here on the Panama Canal, and long ago, you have to see it.
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  • It was fun to pass through and see ships coming the other way in the canal. You can see the attemped French canal area section. The whole experience was awe inspiring.  more »
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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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