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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

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    Stop At: Panama Marine Adventures, Panama City Panama

    Our check in point is at Flamenco Marina, located on the last island of the Amador Causeway. It is right next to the Panama sign and behind the Duty Free Shop.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Bridge of the Americas, Balboa, Panama City Panama

    The Bridge of the Americas is a road bridge in Panama, which spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Designed by Sverdrup & Parcel, it was completed in 1962 at a cost of US$20 million, connecting the north and south American land masses.

    Pass By: Panama Canal, Gatun Lakee, Panama City Panama

    The vessel will then transit through the first set of locks, the Miraflores Locks, where it will ascend 18 meters in two distinct steps. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel Locks from Miraflores Locks. The vessel will transit through Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel ascends 9 meters in one-step.

    After exiting Pedro Miguel locks, the Pacific Queen will travel through the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides.

    During your Panama Canal full transit tour you will enjoy a trip through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. As you transit through Gatun Lake you will pass the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. You will also experience the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks in the Atlantic sector. In Gatun Locks, the vessel will be lowered a total of 26 meters in three distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon, you will disembark at Colon 2000, where transportation back to Panama City will be provided.

    Pass By: Centennial Bridge, Pan-American Highway, Panama City Panama

    Panama's Centennial Bridge is a major bridge crossing the Panama Canal. It was built to supplement the overcrowded Bridge of the Americas and to replace it as the carrier of the Pan-American Highway. Upon its opening in 2004, it became the second permanent crossing of the canal.

    Pass By: Chagres River, Gamboa Panama

    The Chagres River in central Panama, is the largest river in the Panama Canal’s watershed. In the past, this river was an important means of communication between one coast and the other, as it was part of the famous colonial road “Cruces”, originally built by the Spanish crown during the 16th century and of massive use by adventurers and explorers during the following centuries until the creation of the Panama Canal. During the 20th Century the river was dammed twice, and the resulting reservoirs – Gatun Lake and Lake Alajuela – formed an integral part of the canal and its water system.

    Pass By: Barro Colorado Island, Panama

    Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, the vast jungle area that is now the Gatun Lake was teeming with an overwhelming abundance of wildlife. As the region was flooded to create the lake, animals took refuge in the mountain peaks, which are now the many islands that dot the renowned lake. Barro Colorado Island is the biggest island formed where the Smithsonian Research Institute has established the most important research center in Panama due to its biodiversity.

    Pass By: Gatun Lake, Panama City Panama

    Gatun Lake forms a major part of the Panama Canal and it was created between 1907 and 1913 by the construction of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. The lake is situated in the Valley of the Chagres River and the geography was ideal for the creation of a large lake. The damming of the river flooded the originally wooded valley and hills although many hilltops became islands. At the time it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world.
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    Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

    It was a very nice experience, well-organized with a very professional guide who answered all my questions about the Canal. Besides, the meals on board were copious and delicious. I highly recommend it! Tourists from Russia

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank RivkaNu
    Pmatours, Marketing Manager at Panama Marine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    It is great to know you had a nice experience and learned more about the Canal. We love showing it to the world. All the best, Thelma Bodden

    Reviewed 19 April 2019

    Panama Marine Adventures (PMA) runs a first-class operation. All aspects of our trip ran smoothly. We took the full transit tour. On the afternoon before our tour, PMA let us know what time a van would pick us up the following morning. The next day,...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Dennis F
    Reviewed 8 April 2019

    We took the 7 day "Journey between the seas" tour on the Discovery. It holds a max of 24 guests. On our trip there were 21. We had an absolutely first rate tour director with a deep knowledge of Panamanian history, nature, the canal, etc....More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank JDW25Wisconsin
    Reviewed 29 March 2019

    A long day but worth every minute. Picked up spot on time and the whole day ran like clockwork. Breakfast, lunch and the afternoon snack more than adequate for sitting around on a boat all day. The guide was very informative and kept us up...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Barry D
    Reviewed 24 March 2019

    This is a full day tour but well worth it,although perhaps not suitable for younger children but there is no point travelling to Panama without taking the time to travel the full length of the canal.. The views are great, especially through the lake and...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank gareth90m
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    8 January 2019|
    Response from DeltaFlyer-321 |
    We just did this tour from Panama City to Colon, and upon disembarking in Colon, I see no reason you have to make the trip back. Just leave and don’t get in the bus. But I’m not sure they would too happy about bringing your... More
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