The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the canal's exceptional history and construction at Miraflores Locks.

Just 15 minutes from Panama City, the visitor centre at the Miraflores Locks is the most visited site in the country. Here, on four levels, you can explore the history of this extraordinary feat of engineering, through videos, photos, and scale models. You can also watch the ingenious locks in action water rushing in, giant ships gradually rising, a veritable ballet.

Between 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m. traffic is at its peak. This should soon become less of an issue with the 2016 enlargement of the canal, which deals with over 12,000 ships each year.

Book a table in the panoramic restaurant to taste the specialties of the country while taking in this incredible spectacle.

Miraflores Visitors Center

+507 232 3120