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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
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. 


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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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

1  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

1  Thank FItOlderTraveler
Reviewed 8 May 2018

This is a must do. A once in a life time experience and the tour operators were great to work with and was very knowledgeable.

1  Thank jimmyjube
Reviewed 21 March 2018

The Canal is an amazing experience, expecially to get out on a boat tour to go see the wildlife. The Canal itself is incredible project and the surrounding jungle / geography is great to see and experience.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 19 March 2018
Panama Canal Boat Tour

I did this tour even though I had experienced the Panama Canal before from a large ocean liner. This tour was up close and personal and if you like looking at engineering marvels of the early 20th century you will enjoy this tour. We got...More

4  Thank reminyard
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They use different ships, depending on passenger numbers. Our ship had about 40 passengers
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