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Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour

Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour
Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours > Day Cruises > Canal Cruise
$180
Duration: 6 hours
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Description

The Panama Canal, a true engineering marvel, awaits you for this partial tour as we adventure through the Pacific locks of the Panama Canal that will involve approximately 5 to 6 hours. You will navigate, in addition to the entire entrance to the Panama Canal, the locks at Miraflores and Pedro Miguel, living the experience of the raising and lowering of our ship above and below sea level.

Details and Example: Partial Transit Boat Tour

When the tour boat journey begins at the north we depart from Gamboa which is located at the northern entrance to the Corte Culebra. 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). This is also the point in the Canal where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. This is actually one of the most interesting sections of the canal as it was cut through the solid rock formation which constitutes the Continental Divide, giving this section of the canal grand historic and geographic importance. The giant Chagres River feeds fresh water to maintain the Canal operation, our tour boat will traverse the entire 14 kilometers which comprise this unique section of the Canal on our way to the locks at Pedro Miguel, there, at Pedro Miguel, you will observe the entrance to the newly inaugurated third set of locks on the Canal through which the post-panamax mega-ships now pass.

Before arriving at the Pedro Miguel locks at the southern end of the cut you will pass underneath the modern Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Once in the locks at Pedro Miguel our boat will descend 9 meters (30 feet) down to the level of Miraflores Lake which begins on the exit side of the locks. After crossing Miraflores lake we will arrive at The Miraflores locks where we will descend a total of 18 meters (60 feet) in two steps. Exiting the final set of locks at Miraflores we will be at sea level of the Pacific Ocean. You will have the opportunity to experience just how our boat descends while being enclosed within the confines of the locks as the trapped water is slowly released into the Pacific Ocean. To the point where we end up at the same level as the ocean-side waters. 

At Miraflores you will also experience the feeling of being observed by dozens of curious onlookers as the watch our boat pass through the locks from the Visitor’s Center alongside. Leaving the locks at Miraflores we will continue sailing towards the Pacific Ocean. Along the way we will pass underneath the historic Las Americas Bridge, one of the longest in Latin America at 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) long. The Las Americas Bridge, along with the Centennial Bridge, are what effectively join North and Central America with south America.

As we pass through the Pacific entrance to the Canal out into Panama Bay you will notice the formidable skyscrapers the fill the skyline over Panama City. Our tour boat will sail on the either the Flamenco Marina, La Playita or Balboa Yacht Club, wherever our tour began when we boarded the tour buses hours earlier, we always end at the very same point where we began the tour.  It is truly one the most impressive tours in the entire world. 

 

The Panama Canal, a true engineering marvel, awaits you for this partial tour as we adventure through the Pacific locks of the Panama Canal that will involve approximately 5 to 6 hours. You will navigate, in addition to the entire entrance to the Panama Canal, the locks at Miraflores and Pedro Miguel, living the experience of the raising and lowering of our ship above and below sea level.