Miraflores Locks
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Miraflores Locks

It seems surprising that something so simple—water goes up, water goes down—could be so fascinating and popular. But because it is so easy to visit from Panama City, the Miraflores Locks and its visitor center are by far the most frequented site in the Canal Zone. Droves of people come to watch the around-the-clock ballet of ship traffic, and to see how millions of tons of products can slip through these 34-meter-wide (110-foot-wide) chunks of 100-year-old concrete.

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