Gatun Locks, Colon

4.7
Watch southbound ships raised 29.5 m (97 ft) from the Caribbean to Lago Gatun at Gatun Locks, a set of locks leading to the Panama Canal. Opened in 1914, the locks represented one of the finest engineered structures at the time, and the world's largest concrete construction until the building of the Hoover Dam in 1930. It takes around two hours to move the ships through the locks, so grab a seat at the viewing stand opposite the control tower to see the whole process unfold. Use our Colon trip planner to visit Gatun Locks on your trip to Colon, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Few years ago I was in Panama and I went to see the past of the ships through the gate and was a good experience. But this time I was in a cruise and I was a great expectation. It is interesting...  more »
  • Had the opportunity to take a Panama cruise in December of 2019 and went through the Gatun Locks and into Gatun Lake as part of a partial transit. Traveling through the original and historic locks...  more »
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  • It's time ever going to the Panama canal. Absolutely beautiful. Wish I had known more about it before we saw it.
  • Very impressive! Definately a bucket list item to experience. It really is quite something to see the locks transport our cruise ship and these large tankers through the different water depths. I did not expect to be as impressed as I was!
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