Doing the Panama Canal Crossing is a one in a lifetime experience! Most people do partial transits that can either be northbound starting in the Pacific Ocean from the Amador Causeway or southbound starting in Gamboa. Regardless of what direction it starts, you will need to take a bus that is included for 45 minutes to or from Gamboa. The itinerary is the same, the only thing that changes is the direction.
Pass under the famous Bridge of the Americas to start your journey. Ships are raised 18 meters in two steps when doing the partial Panama Canal crossing in the Miraflores locks. Boats will then pass to Miraflores Lake, an artificial body of fresh water that divides this lock from Pedro Miguel, which is the second set of locks on the Pacific side. Here the boat will go up 9 more meters in one step. Once this is done you will see the newer Centennial Bridge.
The last part of the Panama Canal Crossing takes you to the Gailard Cut which is better known as Culebra Cut since it resembles a snake. This was the most dangerous part of building the canal because it cut the Continental Divide. Travel for 13.7 kilometers all the way to the Gamboa Dredging area where you will finish your journey.
- Sodas and water
- Bilingual guide
- Transport to or from Gamboa
Available: year round on Saturday and Sunday.
Time: 5 to 6 hours.
What to bring? hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable clothes and shoes.
Important information: ONLY book the Panama Canal Crossing instantly if you are going Saturday or Sunday. There may be other dates during the week available but they are not fixed dates. There is a full Panama Canal transit once per month. Please contact us if you are interested in doing this tour to confirm dates.