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The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is an artificial 48-mile (77 km) waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. The original locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks was constructed between September 2007 and May 2016. The expanded canal began commercial operation on June 26, 2016. The new locks allow transit of larger, Post-Panamax ships, which have a greater cargo capacity than the previous locks were capable of handling. France began work on the canal in 1881 but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal on August 15, 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan. Colombia, France, and later the United States controlled the territory surrounding the canal during construction. The US continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties provided for handover to Panama. After a period of joint American–Panamanian control, in 1999 the canal was taken over by the Panamanian government and is now managed and operated by the government-owned Panama Canal Authority. Annual traffic has risen from about 1,000 ships in 1914, when the canal opened, to 14,702 vessels in 2008, for a total of 333.7 million Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tons. By 2012, more than 815,000 vessels had passed through the canal. It takes six to eight hours to pass through the Panama Canal. The American Society of Civil Engineers has called the Panama Canal one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

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Home to Panama Canal is the city of Manzanillo in the country of Panama. On your trip to Manzanillo, you can consider a quick visit to Panama Canal. Use this comprehensive guide to plan your visit to Panama Canal and you'll thank us later!

Important attractions of the city include Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club. You can also discover other things to do in Manzanillo on TripHobo.

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You can enjoy a comfortable stay in the city by booking the best hotels in Manzanillo like Oasis Surf Camp, Sol Y Mar and Hotel Santa Catalina Panamá.

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  • In 1981 i went thier. It was a great experience. Very beautiful place at that time not very expensive

  • A lot of fun and Panama was beautiful it's not what I expected at all

  • Very interesting fact for my 7 yr old granddaughter. She thought Panama was in Puerto Rico.

  • helps boats float, so im cool with it

  • This is very beautiful place. Everyone will be must goes this beautiful place.

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