Visit the Panama Canal on a tour is an experience that every visitor should do in Panama. Few people know exactly where Panama is, but almost everyone has heard about its canal, a key player in world trade. Everyone who visit Panama has in mind to know the famous Canal, but the reality is that there is not a single point to visit, there are several Panama Canal Tours. Although the Miraflores locks tour is the most popular, in this article we collect all possible alternatives.
Visit Agua Clara Locks Panama Canal
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price: domestic 5 USD, foreign 15 USD
Agua Clara Locks in the Caribbean side of Panama where inaugurated in 2017 as part of the expansion project of the Panama Canal, the Agua Clara locks are part of the so-called third set of locks that allow the passage of the colossal Neo-panamax ships. They are the only locks of the extended canal that can be visited and the best place to see the Neopanamax. They are located in the province of Colon, on the Atlantic side of the canal, so the visit from Panama City requires a car transfer of at least one hour. For visitors who arrive on cruise ships to the ports of Colón, it is a better option than Miraflores, as it is closer. I do not consider it an essential visit, since for most tourists, Miraflores is more than enough, but if you have a very big interest in the canal or its extension, you should not miss these locks and its center. visitors The time of passage of ships is unpredictable, for the short time they have been operating the locks, but so far, the chances of seeing the Neopanamax are higher after noon. The visitor center has an audiovisual projection room and a restaurant.
Panama Canal – The Pedro Miguel locks
Hours: 24 hours
How to get there: taxi (10-20 USD, depending on the pick-up location) or bus from Albrook terminal to Forestal-Chilibre, Gamboa or Paraíso
Located less than 5km northwest of the Miraflores locks, the Pedro Miguel locks do not have any type of visitor infrastructure beyond a few parking lots next to a fence through which you can see the locks and locks. boats pass by, while the Centennial Bridge can be seen from a distance. It is a free option and can be enjoyed 24 hours a day, so if you only have one night to know the canal, this may be your solution.
Panama Canal – The Miraflores locks
Hours: 9: 00-17: 00
Price: national 3 USD, foreign 15 USD
Located at the entrance and exit of the canal on the Pacific side, these locks are the closest to Panama City and, therefore, the most visited. They have a huge visitor center, with multiple levels to observe the operation of the locks and the transit of ships through them, while a guide of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) explains its operation and history. The best times to visit it are between 9:00 and 11:00 and between 2:00 and 5:00, which is when you are most likely to see boats go through the locks. The center is complemented by a museum on the canal, a gift shop and a restaurant. The Atlantic & Pacific Co. Restaurant offers a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and à la carte dinner from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dining at this restaurant is a good option to admire the locks if you do not arrive in time to enter the visitor center.
The Amador Causeway
Hours: 24 hours
The Calzada de Amador, known as the Causeway popularly, by its name in English, is a street that was built between the islands Naos, Perico and Flamenco taking advantage of the material that was extracted during the construction of the canal. In the past it was a US military base, but today it is an important recreation center for the capital, with bicycle rental services, bike paths, a marina, restaurants and bars, and other leisure options. Although from here you can not see the locks, the most famous part of the canal, you can see the entrance through the Pacific of the canal as well as the hundreds of boats waiting their turn to enter. The views of Panama City, its skyline and the bay are spectacular, especially at sunset.
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