Admire this architectural 20th century feat, finally completed in 1914 after protracted years of development, and substantial loss of life among the workers.

The US took most of the profits until the 1999 handover when Panama was able to control it autonomously - this has contributed to the huge influx of investment within the country itself.

It's worth visiting either the Miraflores or Pedro Miguel Locks to see the procedure of the changing water levels. The best time to watch the shipping traffic is usually from 9am in the morning. Our guides will explain the process and show you around the museum - particularly to hear the grand expansion plans.

One way of doing this journey in a unique fashion is to take the 0715 train to Colon, along the Canal. At Colon, clients can visit Fuerte San Lorenzo (a fort there), Porto Velho (Port of Spaniards) and to the East there is an Embera Tribe - more authentic and less visited and developed than the others close to Panama City

Why We Love It

Its sheer scale; more than four and a half million cubic yards of concrete went in to the construction of the locks and dams.

Ollie, Original Traveller

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Ollie is our 'The Panama Canal' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.