The Grand Canal
To see the Panama Canal in person is to dive deeply into that nation’s history. Coming from the capital, the closest entry point is the Miraflores visitors’ center. Get there with time to spare, so you can check out exhibitions that reveal why the waterway was built here and how the route shaped Panama’s international profile. Top off your visit by stepping out to see how the canal works. The structure has several levels and the third is always the most crowded, because it is perfect for photo ops. (There’s a restaurant on level four.) If you have time, the Agua Clara Observation Centeron the canal’s Caribbean side offers views of newer, wider locks that opened in 2016. Visits can last up to four hours. For operating hours and the schedule of transiting ships, go to https://visitcanaldepanama.com.
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Panama City, Panama
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