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 whats close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A marvel of engineering. The locks and canals accommodate all kinds of cruise ships, cargo ships and very large boats and yachts. It is amazing how well organize the government is in controlling...  more »
  • We were on a cruise ship and made a transit through the Gatu locks from the caribbean into Gatu lake then after waiting our turn to use the locks returned the way we had come. This is definitely one.....  more »
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