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Panama Canal (Cruising Canal)

The canal is both an engineering marvel and one of the most significant waterways on earth. Stretching 50 miles from Panama City on the Pacific side to Colón on the Atlantic side, it provides passage for over 12,000 ocean-going vessels per year. Seeing your ship nudge its way through the narrow canal, with vast tracks of virgin jungle on both sides, is an unforgettable sight. It's true that it may take only a day to cruise the canal, but the memory will last a lifetime.

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Panama Canal (Cruising Canal)

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

If your cruise through the Panama Canal includes scheduled stops, take time out to explore the beautiful surrounding area.  A great way is a kayaking ecological tour through the islands that surround Gatun Lake. Rich in animal and plant life, these islands are home to 93 species of mammals, 366 species of birds and 1,368 species of vascular plants.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Explore Portobelo, the former emporium of the riches of the New World. It was once an important commercial depot and a paradise for pirates.
  • Take a tour of the Gatun Locks, once the most massive in the world and still an impressive sight today.
  • Go monkey watching on a tour of the small islands dotting the Chagres River.

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Before You Visit

Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.