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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 January 2008

I did a partial transit of the canal offered through Panama Marine Adventures aboard the Pacific Queen. The transit was on a Saturday from 10am - 3pm which I believed was the only option. The tour guide later told me that Thursday and Friday were...More

41  Thank CassidyNYC
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 April 2009

We visted the Miraflores Visitor's Center this week. First, it's good to see that Panama has finally realized that it has a tourist attraction on it's hands and built something for people to actually visit. When I was there 20 years ago in the military,...More

11  Thank PanamaMatt
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth the visit. Preferred the Aqua Clara locks over Miraflores. Miraflores tends to get crowded.

Thank Meander158748
Reviewed 3 days ago

ships moving from West (Pacific) to East (Caribbean)was the most exciting --- raising of ships. also saw ships move from caribbean sea to the pacific --- lowering of ships

Thank Carol R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic to see an engineering feat from 100 years ago and all the ships that travel through the canal

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Of all the places to visit, if you're in Panama, you can't miss this historic and very important access facility for world cargo ships navigating between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. There is a lot of historical films and information on how it was built....More

Thank vanvwilliams
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I would be remiss if I hadn't seen the Canal and a medium sized ship creeping through the locks, But the best part was the self guided museum tour. Of note, don't plan to eat or even drink here, as the drinks are well over...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Quite an engineering feat, that everyone should see in their lifetime. We saw it while traveling on a cruise ship with our own dedicated guide through the entire trip. Notice the rowboats that come out to help and the “mules” that help guide the large...More

Thank PasssionateTraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was awesome to visit Panama Canal (Canal de Panama), and have the chance to see live all the process. After seeing the ship passing from one side to the other in Miraflores, there is a movie showing the history of the Canal, as well...More

Thank lucief777
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had the good fortune of passing through the Canal in a lovely cruise ship, nice and slow. Fascinating to watch the locks in operation and to learn about the construction. Always a lot of activity to see.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 4 days ago

At Miraflores they charge 20 Dollars per person, just to see a movie, a small museum and have a view from the mirador?! I doubt that this is worth the price and that is why we did not spend 40 dollars, although we took a...More

Thank Monamar2012
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is an attraction you cannot miss if visiting Panama City. It represents an engineering and technical marvel; entrance is $20 but it is worth it, the museum is very good and well organized and includes a map and fauna section of the Canal area...More

Thank Anna S
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11 October 2018|
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Response from jorgeaD7812CQ | Reviewed this property |
Anytime is good. And if it rains, won’t make a difference.
12 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.
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29 July 2018|
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Response from Sara M | Reviewed this property |
I’ll add because I have different info. We got in midday and going through immigration took some time. Going through security entering also took some time. I think it would be cutting it very close. Ubering in the country is... More