The Panama Canal Transit will take you through the Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River and is the second largest man made lake in the world. The Gatun Lake feeds the Panama Canal with water and is also the home of the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. Passing the Gatun Lake you will reach the Gatun Locks, which are the only locks on the Atlantic side and be lowered 26 meters in three steps. After crossing this last set of locks you will arrive to Colon City on the Atlantic side, where you will find transportation awaiting to take you back to Panama City.
Panama Canal Full Transit Tours include bilingual guide, soft drinks and water, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and transportation back from Colon to the Marina. You should bring comfortable clothes, hat, sunblock, sunglasses, raincoat, money for souvenirs and of course a camera to take plenty of photos!
Panama Canal Transits dates are seasonal, so it is important that you take this into consideration when planning your Panama Vacation. Full transits are usually available on Saturdays once a month and in the high season (December-April) there might be a second date (always on Saturday) each month.
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