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"Gatun Locks" Panama Things to Do Tip by Over60

Panama Things to Do: 234 reviews and 444 photos

The Gatun locks are the biggest locks on the canal and well worth the trip to see them. I travelled by bus from Panama City (see tip under transportation for information about the Panama City to Colon trip). You can then take one of Panama's ubiquitous artistically decorated school buses from the Colon bus station to Gatun. The Colon bus station is not the most pleasant place, and I don't speak much Spanish but just asking tor the Gatun bus soon got me directed to the right one. I didn't price a cab, but the distance is short. The bus crosses a drawbridge over the canal before dropping you off. To get to the visitors center it is necessary to recross the bridge and walk about a half mile to the right.There is a nice visitor's center with observation platforms, interesting diagrams of the locks, historical pictures of canal building, etc. A friendly attendant was glad to answer questions. Seeing the big ships pass through the locks with just inches to spare on each side is fascinating in itself. Well worth the trip.

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  • Updated May 25, 2009
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