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How to visit Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is unquestionably Panama’s most well-known tourist destination. It’s an engineering marvel. Here’s how to visit Panama Canal and why you should visit it.No trip to Panama City is complete without a visit to the Panama Canal. 

How to visit the Panama Canal?

Taking a cab or a private automobile from downtown Panama City to the Canal takes 45 minutes. A local bus goes out to the Canal and many group tours. 

Miraflores Locks, the Gatun Locks, and the Pedro Miguel Locks are the three primary spots to see the Panama Canal in general. Because of its near proximity to Panama City, Miraflores Locks is the most popular spot for those interested in seeing the Panama Canal up and personal. The Miraflores Visitor Center, a gateway to the Canal, is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Panama City. 

Why visit the Panama Canal?

The Panama Canal is known as one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. It is a must-see for anybody visiting Panama. It was built to make it easier for ships to move between the Pacific and the Caribbean Seas. So far, the Canal has been used by more than 900,000 ships, and it’s still going strong! It was once thought impossible to build this engineering marvel, but now you can see it yourself.

When to visit the Panama Canal?

The Miraflores Locks visitor center is open from 8 AM to 5 PM for most of the day. However, finding out the precise times when the ships pass by is the best way to make the most of your visit. Why? Because if you don’t have anything to see in the lock, the sight isn’t all that fascinating.

This place on the Panama Canal is the busiest from 9 AM to 11 AM and then again from 3 PM onward. So, try to plan your trip accordingly. If you wish to know the exact times, don’t hesitate to call the visitor center.

How to get to Panama Canal:

You can book a guided tour or get there on your own 

about $10 for a 40-minute cab ride

How much does it cost to visit the Panama canal?

Ticket costs for non-Residents from $5.00 to $10.00.

Fun facts about the Panama canal 

  • While the Panama canal is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the visitor center is open daily 8 am – 6 pm
  • The idea of a canal was first mentioned in the 16th century,but it didn’t seem possible at the time.
  • The original plan was the Nicaragua canal, not Panama. 
  • More than 25,000 people died during the construction of the Panama Canal.
  • Panama canal is 82km long, and it takes up to 10 hours and up to $300,000 for a large ship to pass it. 
  • The Panama Canal is constantly being developed.
  • The Panama Canal brings more than $2billion in revenue to the Panama treasury every year. 
  • American adventurer, Richard Halliburton, swam the entire length of the Panama Canal in 1928.
  • The USA only completed the Panama canal. The French have started it 2 decades earlier. 

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