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Panama Canal Full Transit Boat Tour

Panama Canal Full Transit Boat Tour
Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours > Day Cruises > Sightseeing Cruise
$250
Duration: 12 hours
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Description

The Panama Canal one of the most interesting engeneering marvels of all times awaits you on this complete tour traveling from ocean to ocean. This tour begins at the Pacific entrance to the Canal in Panama City and terminates at the Caribbean (Atlantic Ocean) at the city of Colon (Columbus). Traveling from one ocean to the other; an experience that can only be lived in Panama!

The Panama Canal one of the most astonishing engineering endeavor of all times is awaiting your visit. You´ll be overcome with amazement as you traverse this world-famous canal. Only in Panama will you have the opportunity to travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in approximately 10 hours. 

Example of the Full Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal Tour

Only in Panama will you have the privilege of finding both oceans separated by only 80 kilometers (50 miles) at the narrowest part of the Isthmus of Panama. This is exactly where the Panama Canal is located. We´ll pass under neath the Bridge of the Americas, the bridge that joins North and Central America with South America, and you´ll get a stunning view of the group of islands that serve a natural open ocean barrier protecting the Panama Canal entrance. The tour boat will traverse the first set of locks, The Miraflores locks, where we will be rise up a total of 18 meters (60 feet) in two steps as you experience how the water elevates the boat above sea level. At the other side of the lake we arrive at the Pedro Miguel locks. At the Pedro Miguel Locks the tour boat will ascend a total of 9 meters (30 feet) in one single step. 

The Chagres River is the source of fresh water for the Panama Canal. It is because of this river that the Panama Canal is a fresh water Canal. The Corte Culebra section of the Canal is known by this name because of the similarity of its curves with those of a snake (Corte=Cut.Culebra=Snake). After passing through the Corte Culebra we will travel underneath the second bridge which crosses the Panama Canal, The Puente Centenario (The Centennial Bridge).

Minutes later you will have the opportunity to navigate the famous Gatun Lake. Gatun Lake is fed by the powerful Chagres River which also feeds the entire Panama Canal. Located throughout the volume of its turquoise colored, fresh waters you will be able to appreciate dozens of all islands that are home to an impressive diversity of flora and fauna, many of which are only found in this unique habitat. For this reason Gatun Lake is a site of great importance from an ecological stand point and as such The Smithsonian Institute has its center for tropical investigations located precisely on the Barro Colorado Island. At this very location scientists have discovered dozens of new species of life that exist exclusively on this island. At this site you will witness how nature and man combine to create one of the most amazing environments on the planet. Upon arriving at the Caribbean side of the canal our boat will enter the multi-level Gatun Locks where in a series of 3 steps we will descend a total of 26 meters (85 feet) down to the level of the Atlantic ocean. This fascinating lock system is both majestic and awe-inspiring at the same time.

Leaving this final set of locks our boat will navigate on the city of Colon on the Caribbean coast of Panama where we will dock at the cruise ship terminal 6 and all the passengers will disembark. You will immediately board luxury tour buses for our return trip to Panama City and to the very meeting point where our tour began. Travel time from the city of Colon back to Panama City by tour bus is approximately 1½ to 2 hours.

 

The Panama Canal one of the most interesting engeneering marvels of all times awaits you on this complete tour traveling from ocean to ocean. This tour begins at the Pacific entrance to the Canal in Panama City and terminates at the Caribbean (Atlantic Ocean) at the city of Colon (Columbus). Traveling from one ocean to the other; an experience that can only be lived in Panama!

The Panama Canal one of the most astonishing engineering endeavor of all times is awaiting your visit. You´ll be overcome with amazement as you traverse this world-famous canal. Only in Panama will you have the opportunity to travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in approximately 10 hours.