Panama — Panama Canal

In all, the Panama Canal is about 50 miles long and can take 9 to 12 hours to pass through. Today we are entering at Gamboa, on the southern tip of Gatun Lake. This is about the halfway point. We are heading toward the Pacific Ocean and will be passing through both the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks—three of the six locks of the canal.

Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks, there is the Centennial Bridge, opened in 2004, and only the second permanent crossing over the Canal. Next we enter the Pedro Miguel Locks, along with two sail boats and a huge ship carrying automobiles. After Miraflores Locks, we come to the Bridge of the Americas, the first permanent crossing over the canal, completed in 1962.

Photos taken March 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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