Gatun Lake, Panama
New Locks & Former Canal Zone
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Approximately 3½ Hours
The Panama Canal Expansion has been the largest project undertaken on this waterway since its original construction. The expansion created a new lane of ship traffic along the Canal, with the construction of a new set of locks doubling the waterway’s capacity.
Today you will visit the New Locks of the Panama Canal, which will have a direct impact on the economies of scale associated with international maritime trade. The Observation Center is a park-style concept based on open platforms and roofed terraces, built over an area of 10 acres. If you're lucky, you may see new neo-Panamax vessels crossing. Look out across majestic Gatún Lake, where ships continue their transit through the waterway.
Enjoy a walk along a rain forest trail, where you will likely encounter some of the amazing variety of wildlife that calls Panama home.
The route to the pier Colón takes you past the former Panama Canal Zone, where the military installations of the American administration are a gentle reminder of the strategic importance of the area.
Upon arrival in Colón itself, there may be some extended free time before you meet up with the ship, as the ship will be transiting the Canal and is subject to traffic and/or canal authority delays.
Depending on canal scheduling, you may or may not actually see vessels in the lock chambers. Wear comfortable walking shoes.