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Panama Canal

Calle 5a Este, Panama

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4.5 out of 5
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    Maggie Langeness
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    5 Apr 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.

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    Mel S Wong
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    5 Jul 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.

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    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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    5 Jan 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!

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    Terry Gardner
    5 Jan 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.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    3 Sep 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.

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    Kevin Picholo
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    5 Jul 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.

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    Sharon Shafran
    5 Jul 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.

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    Michael Joy
    5 Jul 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.

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    DGDoyle
    4 Jul 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.

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    4 Jan 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!

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This 48-mile long canal that joins the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean is a modern technological marvel worthy of its very own song (a Van Halen song, or perhaps a sea shanty sung by sailors). The best place to watch ships slide by is from the pedestrian walkway at the Bridge of the Americas, or watch the ingenious lock system in action -- the solution to different water levels between the two oceans the canal connects -- at the observation decks at Gatun and Miraflores. The best part is that the rest of the country, and its Caribbean and Pacific coasts, is the unspoiled, unsung beauty of Central America.
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