Gatun Locks, Colon

4.7
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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  • Passing through the center of this locks is a unique experience You see the floodgates in all their splendor And the boats almost touched
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  • Amazing engineering!! It is awesome watching ships maneuvering through the locks. In addition, the information provided gives you a wealth of history.  more »
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  • Had a great cruising through the locks. I'm a nerd and I certainly nerded out learning everything I could about they locks and watching the operation.
  • An incredible experience passing through the Panama Canal. I would strongly recommend it. On my cruise, a local guide was on board and they narrated the entire journey through the 3 locks. The guide described the history of the canal, how they work, and the impact on the country.
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