25 Mar The Miraflores Locks
Visit the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center just 20 minutes outside of the bustling city of Panama. See the museum and view a ship passing through the locks. But, getting there is half the fun…
The easiest and best way to visit the Panama Canal is to head to the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center, located just 20 minutes outside of Panama City. There are several ways to get there, by taxi or tour, but how about stepping outside the box? Try a different route and save some money too. Here are some great choices for traveling to the visitors center.
Adventure Awaits you on the”Red-Devil”
If you are really feeling adventurous… take a red-devil bus to the Locks like we did. These buses are owned and operated by locals and can give you a real feel for the Panamanian culture, with the thumping beat of the speakers and the wild paint jobs. Don’t be intimidated to try one of these buses out, locals use them to get from place to place, just like the metro bus and there is always a friendly someone ready to help you out. Like Pedro the security guard at Albrook Station, even with our limited communication, Pedro helped us find the correct bus and even enlisted the help of the “abualas” riding the bus to tell us when to get off. A friendly smile is worth thousand words!
To get to the Miraflores Locks, take any Paraíso or Gamboa bus from the Albrook Bus Terminal in Panama City. Buses pass along the canal-side highway to Gamboa and will let you off at the ‘Miraflores Locks’ sign (US$0.25) on the highway, 12km from the city center. It’s about a 15-minute walk to the locks from the sign.
The Metro Train and Bus
Taking the metro bus is the quickest, cheapest way to get to the Miraflores locks, it will drop you off right in front of the museum.
Congratulations you made it and… it didn’t cost $65.00 for a tour or $10.00 (or more) taxi ride! It cost you less than $1.00 to get to the Miraflores Visitor Center! Now you can enjoy what the visitor center has to offer!
The Panama Canal is one of the 7 modern wonders of the world.
This modern visitors center features a large four-floor interactive museum, several viewing platforms. The Center features a museum with exhibits, interactive displays, a 3-D movie that is in both Spanish and English. Several snack bars and a sit down restaurant, A 4-story an open air terrace for close-ups views of ships transiting through the locks. Entrance to the Museum costs $15.00 and it is open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Watching a ship go through the Milaflores locks is a unique experience. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to get the best views.
The Canal’s three sets of locks (Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun), each of which has two lanes,use the force of gravity to operate the locks and use the water to elevate ships 26 meters above sea level to the level of Gatun Lake, and then lowers them back to sea level on the opposite side of the Isthmus.