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- 98%History Buffs
- 92%Local Culture
- 92%Budget Travelers
- 55%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- Panama CanalMember ofBackpackersAdventure TravelersNightlife LoversApr 28, 2014
If you visit Panama, you obviously have to go see the canal, however it is not the most interesting attraction in the world. The museum is pretty interesting, it provides history of the canal and how it works. When you are finished with that, you can go to the fourth floor viewing balcony and if you are there at the right time, (usually midday between 11-5), you will be able to see the boats come through the locks. Don't get me wrong, it is interesting, but it takes a looooong time for the ships get through the locks. By the time the ship has finally passed through, you are ready to get the heck out of there. Definitely worth seeing when you are in Panama, but don't expect to see have your socks blown off.Recommended for:
- Panama CanalCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 6Jan 11, 2014
Incredible seeing this engineering marvel first hand. The Panama Canal is a must see if you are in Panama City. For $8 you can enter the museum, watch a 3D movie about the history of the canal and stand on tall platforms to watch the ships go through the canal. Must see and must do!Recommended for:
- Panama CanalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Apr 04, 2013
Loved seeing the canal. You don't have to be interested in engineering to appreciate the canal. There is a movie that is available in English and Spanish that you can watch and will inform you all about the Canal. The museum located at the Miraflores lock is also really interesting. Hopefully you get there and be able to see a ship going through the locks.
- Panama CanalJan 11, 2014
You can't visit Panama City without seeing one of the world's greatest technological marvels. When the new larger locks open in 2015, there will be even more to see. One of the reasons Panama is prospering is due to the $800,000,000 U.S. dollars generated annually in canal tolls. Typically, 30 ships pass through per day. The new locks will double that capacity. In 2014, the Panama Canal celebrates its 100th birthday. Until I visited Panama, I had no idea that the French began the canal, and the Americans finished it.
- Panama CanalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesSep 11, 2012
The Panama Canal is less exciting than you might think, but it's still worth a trip to see this bit of history. You can view the ships going through, but nothing happens quickly.Recommended for:
- Panama CanalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 05, 2012
Until 1979, The Panama Canal under the exclusive control of the United States. But after a 20-year period of joint agency between the U.S. and the Republic of Panama, complete control passed to Panama in 1999. That's a fairly impressive feat considering the volume of the canal's traffic -- and the age of the canal itself. Ships are raised and lowered over the continental divide by a series of locks, which are built with two chambers to accommodate two-way traffic. It's a trade artery, operating almost beyond capacity, and it was built in challenging terrain.
- Panama CanalJul 05, 2012
going through the panama canal is an experience you never forget. as the locks open up and you enter then the gates close behind your ship either empty or fill with water to a certain level so you can go into the next lock and the ship is pulled through by a vehicle along side that looks like a mini tank called a mule. then you get to the end and enter into the lake it is so amazing. some smaller ships like sailboats can go two or three at a time and real live men actually walk along side with tow lines and pull them through each lock. so many ships line up and you have to wait your turn to go through.
- Panama CanalJul 05, 2012
I do not believe anyone would spend any amount of time in Panama City and miss the canal, but if you are on the fence - GET OFF! Besides being an engineering masterpiece, it's just plain cool to watch huge ships fit through these tiny locks that fill up/empty water like its nothing.
- Panama CanalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Jul 04, 2012
Amazing human feat and engineering wonder. This narrow canal with its series of water locks connects two vast oceans and thus connecting the world. Commerce and nautical trading logistics are forever changed for the better. The canals impact to our world is immeasurable.
- Panama CanalJul 04, 2012
If near the Isthmus, it seems mandatory to take the brief bus trip to the Canal Zone. While it can be fun to watch the ships and barges go by, and it's certainly cool to watch them raised and lowered in the locks, the real interest of the canal is in its history and geopolitical importance. Such appeal makes it worthwhile for educated adults, but its charms may be lost on the younger members of the family.Recommended for:
- Panama CanalMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersWellness+ 4Jan 11, 2014
An amazing engineering marvel bonding the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean! The key site to explore is the 'Miraflores Lock' where visitors can visit the 5 floors museum and learn all about the construction, economics & politics of the canal. It is a masterpiece!