The Panama Canal

Some said it couldn’t be done. But in 1870, scientists, engineers, explorers and, of course, politicians set out to prove it could. They plunged into the single largest and costliest engineering effort since the Egyptians constructed the pyramids.

So began the Panama Canal. During the next 40 years, an amazing human drama would play out that propelled some people and nations into the spotlight and ruined the reputations of others.

What to See & Do: Tourist Attractions

Miraflores & Gatun Locks Learn about the operations and history of this engineering marvel of the world as you watch huge cargo ships passing right in front of you. The visitor’s center at Miraflores has a museum, and a movie theatre. It’s open all year from 9am to 5pm. The one at Gatun Locks is smaller but a little closer to the action, with the added bonus of having the 3 levels in one single set of locks.

Nature & Wildlife Tours A boat trip on Gatun Lake means being surround by prime Rainforest in one of the world’s most complete ecosystems, an exciting ecological expedition where you will be able to appreciate an incredible diversity of exotic tropical plants and trees, colorful butterflies, birds and other kind of animals in their natural environment, such as sloths, iguanas, howler and white faced monkeys.

Panama Canal Transit Many people visiting Panama want to experience first-hand the Panama Canal, and what a better way to do so than actually getting on a boat going through the locks. See local tour operators bellow.