Traveling through the area and took a cab ride through both the old and the new area, amazing. A seasoned taxi driver always outweighs the crowded, large tour bus. A "Google" search will provide more details on this amazing canal and how it works. On this day we watched for about an hour as barges and a large cruise ship... 更多
The Gatun Locks are an impressive site, lifting ships 85 feet above the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. The total length of locks including the approach walls is nearly two miles long, and consists of three separate chambers. These are the first set of locks you encounter from the Atlantic side of the canal. A single lock at the time of... 更多
We lucked into being able to see a cruise ship go through the 2nd and 3rd locks as well as a container ship. They have a guide on a microphone explaining everything as the ships were going through. Very interesting.
We passed by the lock as part of our Panama Canal Princess Cruise Trip. We learned about hot it was designed and constructed and how it works. It is really a unique experience. For those who can afford visit to Panama Canal is a must.
We visited the locks in the morning. There appears to be ship steady traffic all day long. Watching the ships go through the locks is a lot of fun but to get the most information, a guided tour (or as part of a guided tour) would be the best.
Well show-cased marvel of industrial excellence. Some of the original 'mules' on show. Ships are queueing up to use it, so you will always witness a 'transit' and there are great views to be had from the visitor centre. Many steps to negotiate, but even if you cannot manage them, you will still get great views of the locks in... 更多
The old visitor center should not be missed. At $5 admission it is a bargain. You can also drive across the locks to the west side, which gives you an intimate experience with the lock gates just meters away. Do NOT waste your $ on the new visitor center. It is a very nice facility with grand views from on... 更多
The Gatun Locks were awesome. We were told by the locals it was better than the Miraflores Locks because you can get closer to the ships. I feel that they were both good. This set of locks is cheaper ($5) but it doesn't have the museum the other set of locks has.
There is no visitor center at the Gatun Locks like there's one at the Miraflores Locks, but here you are closer to the ships and can see the construction of the new locks that theay are building right now.
Everyone learns about the Panama Canal in school. But, it's impossible to comprehend the size and scale of the system that raises and lowers large ships allowing them passage through the canal. We were fortunate enough to see a westbound and an eastbound shop passing during our visit. This is an experience not to be missed if the opportunity presents... 更多