Panama Canal, Panama City

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A marvel of modern engineering, Panama Canal stretches for 77 km (48 mi) and links the Pacific with the Atlantic Ocean via the Caribbean Sea. France initiated the construction in 1888, and the United States completed it in 1914; today, it still ranks as one of the largest and most challenging projects of its kind. Over 14,000 vessels pass through the canal's three gravity-powered locks each year, avoiding the much longer route around the tip of South America. Be sure to admire the canal from both land and water--many local tour operators offer partial-transit cruises with complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off. PutPanama Canal into our Panama City trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • One of the man-made wonders of the world. A must-see. I watched the ships transit in the late afternoon. Spellbinding. I had read up on the history of the canal before I came here.  more »
  • Canal is worth seeing, how the ships pass in an organised manner . Beautiful looks Different type of ships can be seen  more »
  • Had a great day at the Panama canal tour! Really fascinating history story and fun tour. Would recommend going if its something you are interested in! Mind a hat and sun cream though, sun is deadly even if you here getting a breeze from the boat 😂
  • Perfect place for little scientists, and big engineering fans
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