New Locks & Former Panama Canal Zone

5.15 hours | Fuerte Amador | P A 6 - 1 2 0
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Points of Interest

  • Panama Canal Expansion
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you visit:
Canal Expansion Observation Center

A sprawling four hectares, the Canal Expansion Observation Center is an expanse of parklands with terraces and both open and covered platforms that can accommodate 400 visitors. Take in panoramic views of magnificent Gatún Lake and the new waterway system, called New Panamax that accommodates larger ships. This massive undertaking, the largest project since the canal's original construction, is impressive and will have a direct impact on the global economy and international trade by doubling the waterway's capacity and increasing the size and scale of the vessels that can pass through its system. Visitors can watch an informational movie and peruse the photo gallery then climb to the top of the lookout, 60 meters above sea level. Built above the treetops, it affords sweeping vistas of the area's natural splendor. Nearby, adventurers can walk through a nature path that leads into the woods to admire the lush flora and fauna.

What you see along the way:
On your return to port, you will pass the former Panama Canal Zone, an area that was once a military installation of the American canal administration, a gentle reminder of the canal's strategic importance.

Photo Opportunities:
You'll want to bring your camera to capture images of this historic expansion project, which began in 2007 to build two new sets of locks to raise the capacity of Gatún Lake and triple the locks' size limit. Work was completed in 2016 and is an extraordinary visual example of ingenuity and construction.

Shopping:
Snacks are available to purchase at the Canal Expansion Observation Center.

Notes: Depending on canal scheduling, you may or may not actually see vessels in the lock chambers.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Transfer to New Locks

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:30

Visit the New Locks of the Canal Expansion

Time at site:
01:30

Scenic drive of formal canal zone of Colon

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:45

Return to pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:30