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Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour

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  • Buffet lunch included
Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour
From USD 180.00
Travel through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal on this 5- to 6-hour boat tour from Panama City. Experience how the locks work firsthand aboard a boat; tour includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.
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When the tour boat journey begins at the north we depart from Gamboa which is located at the northern entrance to the Corte Culebra. The Corte Culebra section of the Canal is known by this name because of the similarity of its curves with those of a snake (Corte=Cut. Culebra=Snake). This is also the point in the Canal where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. This is actually one of the most interesting sections of the canal as it was cut through the solid rock formation which constitutes the Continental Divide, giving this section of the canal grand historic and geographic importance. The giant Chagres River feeds fresh water to maintain the Canal operation, our tour boat will traverse the entire 14 kilometers which comprise this unique section of the Canal on our way to the locks at Pedro Miguel, there, at Pedro Miguel, you will observe the entrance to the newly inaugurated third set of locks on the Canal through which the post-panamax mega-ships now pass.
Before arriving at the Pedro Miguel locks at the southern end of the cut you will pass underneath the modern Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Once in the locks at Pedro Miguel our boat will descend 9 meters (30 feet) down to the level of Miraflores Lake which begins on the exit side of the locks. After crossing Miraflores lake we will arrive at The Miraflores locks where we will descend a total of 18 meters (60 feet) in two steps. Exiting the final set of locks at Miraflores we will be at sea level of the Pacific Ocean. You will have the opportunity to experience just how our boat descends while being enclosed within the confines of the locks as the trapped water is slowly released into the Pacific Ocean. To the point where we end up at the same level as the ocean-side waters. 
At Miraflores you will also experience the feeling of being observed by dozens of curious onlookers as the watch our boat pass through the locks from the Visitor’s Center alongside. Leaving the locks at Miraflores we will continue sailing towards the Pacific Ocean. Along the way we will pass underneath the historic Las Americas Bridge, one of the longest in Latin America at 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) long. The Las Americas Bridge, along with the Centennial Bridge, are what effectively join North and Central America with south America.
As we pass through the Pacific entrance to the Canal out into Panama Bay you will notice the formidable skyscrapers the fill the skyline over Panama City. Our tour boat will sail on the either the Flamenco Marina, La Playita or Balboa Yacht Club, wherever our tour began when we boarded the tour buses hours earlier, we always end at the very same point where we began the tour.  It is truly one the most impressive tours in the entire world. 
Reviews (28)
1 - 5 of 17 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Interesting Cruise, Mediocre Service

We purchased this tour from Viator/TripAdvisor. The tour itself was provided by another company whose name was not disclosed in advance by TripAdvisor. The pick up from our hotel was later than scheduled, we rushed breakfast to be ready only to wait for more than...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LorenzoCV
Reviewed 9 October 2018
Great opportunity to experience the Panama Canal!

The Panama Canal Tours was a terrific way to see the operation of the Canal from a close-up perspective. We started at the Pacific entrance and worked our way northbound up through the Miraflores and San Miguel locks, sharing each lock with a cargo ship....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 452bruceh
Reviewed 28 August 2018
Bilingual guide with a lot of knowledge

We loved this tour. The boat had plenty of space to spread out on multiple levels and the views of the locks were excellent. It did rain but there was plenty of cover both inside and on deck and the crews quickly wiped down any...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Donald F
Reviewed 3 August 2018
What a Wonderful Experience!

What a wonderful experience to go through 2 out of 3 of the locks. It was wonderful and the guide on the boat with us, I believe his name was JC was great and very informative. This is a great way to experience the canal....More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank SerenityLost
Reviewed 9 May 2018
The Hurry Up and Wait Was Worth It!

From the pick up at our hotel at 6:30 a.m. to the drop off back at the hotel at 2:00 p.m., it was a long day, but well worth the wait times. Let me explain. The Canal Authority dictates when boats can go through the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank FItOlderTraveler
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They use different ships, depending on passenger numbers. Our ship had about 40 passengers
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