Taking an incredible journey on the canal makes you feel humble. You have plenty of time to think about the adventure that it was to create the most important waterway in the world a 100 years ago.
Spending time on the Panama canal is quite an experience. It starts first by watching the boats lining up on the Pacific side waiting their turn to enter the canal. They move across Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks raising the boats 85 feet above sea level (26 meters) to the man made Gatun Lake. The last lock, Gatun lock takes them down finally to the Atlantic. Between 35 and 40 boats cross the 80 kilometers of the Canal each day through a 8-10 hour journey making an incessant dance from one side to the other side of the Isthmus.
The Canal: from a simulator experience to the real deal!
For further information on the Panama canal I recomand watching the excellent Nova movie: “A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama“.