"The Canal" Panamá City Things to Do Tip by mikey_e

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  The Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks
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  • The Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks - Panamá City
      The Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks
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  • A cargo ship from below - Panamá City
      A cargo ship from below
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  • The locks and containers - Panamá City
      The locks and containers
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  • Another view of a ship - Panamá City
      Another view of a ship
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  • The two lanes of the Miraflores locks - Panamá City
      The two lanes of the Miraflores locks
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The Panama Canal is, undoubtedly, the one big draw of all tourists who come to the city. Unfortunately, if you?re not a fanatic of big ships, you?re likely to be disappointed. Built from 1904-1914, the Canal helped to ease the transit of merchandise from the Atlantic/Caribbean to the Pacific, a revolution in transport for the industrializing countries and a coup for American political influence, as control of this transport conduit was in the hands of the American government. The construction of the Canal cost thousands of lives and millions of dollars, and is a true feat of engineering genius. Today, you can come to watch the container-laden ships as they pass through one of the last inland points before heading off to the Pacific. Miraflores lock makes for great pictures of big things, but in truth there is not all that much to gawk at after five or ten minutes. The better view is actually on the ground floor, as it allows you to get a real sense of just how huge the ships and cargo containers really are.

Directions: Miraflores Locks - near Clayton and Albrook, ask a taxi driver to take you

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  • Written Aug 23, 2010
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