The Panama Canal was completed in 1913 at a cost of – you don’t really care, do you? I thought not.
My advice get there after a few strong coffees, before lunch and the busloads of tour plebs.
Get enthused about the canal at the excellent museum at Miraflores Lock (which is about 12 km from Panama City) to digest all the factual info and archive photos.
Then then get a seat / position on the viewing decks above to watch ships pass you by, up and down, they go, thru the locks, huge monster ships on route to Asia … Amazing.
Just sit and watch. Drink scores of cold, overpriced beer – amid the heat of the tropical day – gulping from squashy plastic cups @ $US 4 each. Highly recommended.
I did this for 8 hours … And yes, I did indeed see a good dozen huge ships. Right there, yes right here, in my face!
Travels in Panama – 2010
→ Want more canal action? See my post about the Suez Canal & Port Said in Egypt