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Miraflores Locks
Miraflores Locks

Miraflores Locks

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Sights and Museums, Art Museum
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Panama City, Panama
+507 232-3120
http://www.pancanal.com/eng/acp/cvm/
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Miraflores is the name of one of the three locks that form part of the Panama Canal.

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Brighton and Hove

I must confess to not being particularly enthusiastic about visiting the Panama Canal, but my misconceptions were blown away by this incredible construction which links the Atlantic with the Pacific. The ticket includes entrance to both the viewing area and museum. I found myself transfixed while watching the huge cargo boats passing through the what appears to be an impossibly narrow canal. The museum is well-presented and was uncomfortably crowded on the day I was there, but the canal itself is unmissable.

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Birmingham

Well I suppose it's obligatory like seeing the Statue of Liberty in NYC but at the end of the day it's just locks and a canal. If I had to skip something this would be it.

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A must see place when you visit panama, just a 20 minutes ride from downtown.

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Paris

If you have ever been to England, you have seen canal boats go through locks. These are pretty incredible, due to the sheer size of the canal.

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Harrington Park

If you visit Panama, you obviously have to go see the canal, however it is not the most interesting attraction in the world. The museum is pretty interesting, it provides history of the canal and how it works. When you are finished with that, you can go to the fourth floor viewing balcony and if you are there at the right time, (usually midday between 11-5), you will be able to see the boats come through the locks. Don't get me wrong, it is interesting, but it takes a looooong time for the ships get through the locks. By the time the ship has finally passed through, you are ready to get the heck out of there. Definitely worth seeing when you are in Panama, but don't expect to see have your socks blown off

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Santiago

You cannot come to Panama and not check out the Canal, and this is a great place to do it. It's about a half hour taxi ride from town (there are probably buses but I'm not sure) and you can walk into the visitor's center and watch the action go down. Boat enters locks, water floods locks, boat rises, boat exits 50 feet above where it started. Really amazing. They're also building the expanded Panama Canal, and you can see some of the construction from here. If you are hungry, try the restaurant at the visitors center, which is maybe overpriced but very tasty, and also cool because you can sit on the patio and watch the boats come and go while you eat. We had the buffet and left extremely satisfied.

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San Francisco

The Miraflores Locks Visitor's Center is a MUST stop for those visiting Panama City. The museum/exhibits are very informative AND interactive. We learned so much about the history of the Canal. Of course, at the viewing deck is where we are just stones throw away from the passing ships. AMAZING experience.

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Foster City
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There are three sets of locks in the Panama Canal. On the Pacific entrance are Miraflores, and Pedro Miquel. On the Atlantic is the Gatun Locks. Miraflores is the first set of locks situated on the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. The locomotives maneuver the ships through the locks prior to being raised or lowered. Ships are raised a total of 87 feet above sea level into Gatun Lake and then lowered at the end of their transit into the other ocean. A common misconception is that one ocean is higher that the other, but they are both at sea level.
It is truly one of the must see modern day engineering wonders. I really enjoyed seeing how ships through the locks prior to being raised or lowered.

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Oakland

Took the family and everyone was in awe...

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Mexico City

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