Dates subject to change.
Tour description (8 – 9 hrs):
Our trip departs from the Flamenco Marina and you will travel from the Pacific
Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean on the same day. Once in the Pacific Ocean, you will
be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline before
passing under the Bridge of the Americas.
The vessel will then transit through the first set of locks, the Miraflores
Locks, where it will ascend 18 meters in two distinct steps. Next, the Pacific
Queen will enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh
water that separates Pedro Miguel Locks from Miraflores Locks. The vessel will
transit through Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the
Pacific side, and here the vessel ascends 9 meters in one step.
After exiting Pedro Miguel locks, the Pacific Queen will travel through the
Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut
(also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the
main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the
Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and
geological value. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the
continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible
to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process
for the Panama Canal expansion project.
You will enjoy a trip through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun
Dam across the Chagres River. During your transit through Gatun Lake you will
pass the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. You will also
experience the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks in the Atlantic
sector. In Gatun Locks, the vessel will be lowered a total of 26 meters in three
distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon, you will disembark at Colon 2000,
where transportation back to Panama City will be provided.
Soft drinks and water (all you can drink).
Snacks in the afternoon.
Transportation by bus from Colon to Flamenco Marina.
PARTIAL NORTHBOUND TRANSIT
(Tour description 4-5 hours)
Our tour starts at the Flamenco Resort and Marina. Passengers board motor
coaches for a 45 minute ride to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal
Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, passengers board the Boat to start
the water portion of the tour.
We enter the canal at the north end of the Gailard cut, where the Chagres River
flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its
curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors
because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the
Canal is full of history and geological value. The vessel will travel the Cut's
13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks.
Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will
be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, we
will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the
Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then
enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that
separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of
locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is
lowered 18 meters in two distinct steps.
Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina
where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the
Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama
and Panama City's splendorous skyline. The whole experience could take
from 6 to 8 hours (according the Panama Canal Authority’s decision), depending
on the traffic and the itinerary for that day.
What to bring:
Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sun block, sunglasses, camera, umbrella or
raincoat and money for souvenirs.
Transportation round trip
Bilingual guide / narrator
Panama Canal transit with all fees
Lunch on board
Soft Drink and water (all you can drink)