panama canal partial transit

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About The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. The current locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2016.

Annual traffic has risen from about 1,000 ships in 1914, when the canal opened, to 14,702 vessels in 2008, the latter measuring a total of 309.6 million Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tons. By 2008, more than 815,000 vessels had passed through the canal; the largest ships that can transit the canal today are called Panamax.[1] It takes 6 to 8 hours to pass through the Panama Canal. The American Society of Civil Engineers has named the Panama Canal one of the seven wonders of the modern world.


Transportation by bus from Flamenco Resort & Marina, Panama City to Gamboa where tour starts.


US$165.00 per adult US$95.00 children 3 to 12 years old


English/spanish guide-narrator and a complete lunch (chicken, pasta, rice, salads, desserts and unlimited soft drinks and bottle water).

You will start the tour 7:00AM or 10:00AM from the Flamenco Resort & Marine at the Amador Causeway in Panama City.  You will take the tour bus which will transport passengers to the Gamboa area, where the trip starts.  This transfer will take 45 minutes.  Then you board the ship and you will be transiting the Gaillard Cut (Corte Culebra), this area is one of the most important attractions of the trip because it’s full of history.   Then you will cross under the Centennial Bridge (Puente Centenario) and that is when you will be on the way to transit Pedro Miguel Locks.  Also, you will witness the works being done for the Canal expansion project.  When entering Pedro Miguel Locks you will experience a drop of 9 meters in one step and find the Miraflores Lake, an artificial lake that connects Pedro Miguel Locks with and Miraflores Locks.  Now you will enter the last set of locks called Miraflores Locks in the Pacific Ocean where you will be lowered 18 meters in two different steps.  You will be sailing the Pacific Ocean on the way to the disembarkation point at Amador Causeway but before that, you will be passing under the Bridge of the Americas (Puente de Las Americas).  You will be in the Panama Bay and that is the end of this unique trip.

This Canal Partial Transit is available every month on Saturdays and Sundays. December some Fridays are available.

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Panama Canal Transit Time-Lapse

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