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Entre Ave. Herrera y Ave. Amador Guerrero, Calle 5ta, Colón 0301-02965, Panama

As you might expect from a city named for Columbus, Colón has a rich and colorful history. While Panama’s outlet to the Caribbean was once flush with stunning colonial architecture, it declined greatly, with many landmark buildings...

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Gatun Locks, Colón, Panama

On the canal’s Caribbean side, the Gatún Locks lift ships 26 meters (85 feet), with barely a foot of clearance on either side of the walls for some vessels. The double gates which let in more than 95 million liters (25 million...

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Gamboa, Panama

Named for a quincelike fruit, the town of Gamboa lies at the spot where the Chagres River enters Gatún Lake. A single-lane causeway with a lone stoplight helps make this tropical village feel like small-town America. And, for a long time,...

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The Culebra Cut, which links Gatún Lake with the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, is a catchy name for a channel that the French started digging. Under the Americans, the canal's most backbreaking work took place here where hills once...

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It can come as a great surprise to many visitors, especially those traveling at night, when their ship exits the canal and skirts around the six-kilometer-long (four-mile-long) Amador Causeway, and suddenly Panama City's forest of high-rises...