Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction - Panama City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    Between 10am and 12pm
  • Departure Details :
    Flamenco Marina
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Experience the feat of engineering that is the Panama Canal on a southbound tour that takes you through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks. You'll see the action of this major operation up close, and enjoy lunch on board the small boat, which allows you to get a closer look at the inner workings of the canal.

Highlights

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Your Panama Canal tour starts at the Flamenco Marina, where you'll board a motorcoach for the 45-minute ride to the town of Gamboa, home to the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Your tour will depart between 10am and 12pm. Confirm your exact departure time with the tour provider prior to your tour

Hop aboard the Pacific Queen to start the water portion of your partial transit tour, departing from the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as the 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 historical and geological value.

The Pacific Queen takes you through the cut's 8.5 miles (13.7 km) on the way to the Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the cut, you can appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, as it's very susceptible to landslides. You'll also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.

Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the cut, you'll spot the new Centennial Bridge, which crosses over the canal. Then enter the locks, one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, where your boat is lowered 30 feet (9 meters) in one step. Next enter Miraflores Lake, a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from the Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks, your vessel is lowered 60 feet (18 meters) in two distinct steps.

Once in the Pacific Ocean, cruise toward the Flamenco Marina, where you'll disembark and your tour ends; along the way, pass under the Bridge of the Americas and admire the Bay of Panama and the Panama city skyline.

Inclusions

  • Lunch
  • Professional guide

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

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