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Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this fifty-mile waterway transports ships by raising them from sea level to more than 85 feet via a series of gravity-powered locks.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Gatun Lakee, Panama City, Panama
+507 272-3165
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Try to get on the morning or late afternoon to capture ships passing through. Recommended is the exposition halls (4 floors)

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jungleboy_rayan
Reviewed 2 days ago

Get up early, if you're on a ship, and be sure to watch your passage through each and every lock. See how ingenious it's designed, how smoothly manipulated you are, and how the ship in the adjoining locks are guided through by cable attached to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Elaine H
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you're in Panama City, you really should take time to visit the Panama Canal. It's easy to get to...I rented a car because I was traveling to other areas of the country. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, find out when the boats...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michelle Z
Reviewed 3 days ago

What an astonishing achievement the canal is. This was by far the highlight of our trip and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to this part of the world. The canal can be visited in a variety of ways, there are countless tours and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank A C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took a bus tour with caravan.com - our 5th with this company. We learned so much about both the old and new canal and the Gatun Lake. We transited both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks in a small craft. A wonderful experience. Overall I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank llross
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Panama Canal visitor's center has multiple viewing areas for watching the ships make their way slowly through the canal's lock system, with helpful narration of the process over the public address system so visitors learn specifics about the ships they see. The museum is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrynMawrBK
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

At least we took the bus rather than paying for a taxi, but 20 dollars just to see the canal from a viewing platform was a total rip-off. It really was just the viewing platform, there was virtually no additional information

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rheinfarn69
Reviewed 4 days ago

A great visit! There is no need to pay the $20 entrance fee to see the Canal if you are short on time. We lined up at the restaurant ticket window and on arrival at restaurant reception we said we only wanted drinks. We were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Citizens
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have read much about the building of the canal and wanted to experience it first hand. I was not disappointed. We got up very early so we could have a front row spot on the front of the ship. Our ship, Norwegian Pearl, entered...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SCCLane
Reviewed 5 days ago

To watch an American stealth frigate and a huge cruise liner go through the Panama Canal was a truly amazing experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
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10 October 2018|
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Response from jorgeaD7812CQ | Reviewed this property |
Anytime is good. And if it rains, won’t make a difference.
11 September 2018|
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Response from 310lizar | Reviewed this property |
No one checks an ID, passport etc. if you go through customs getting into the country, you are fine. Panama now owns and runs the canal.
29 July 2018|
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Response from SBaloha | Reviewed this property |
You could probably swing it depending on time of day but cutting it close - if weekend and no traffic, it's a half hour taxi ride for about US$30-40 each way. But if there is rush hour traffic, it can be bad - up to 75... More