Day 3: Panama Partial Canal Transit
Early in the morning your driver transfers you to the Flamanco Marina to begin your Partial Transit of the Panama Canal. Admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline, and the Bridge of the Americas during the Panama Canal Partial Transit. You transit the Miraflores Locks where the vessel will ascend 54 feet in two distinct steps. Then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks. Next, the vessel will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel will be raised the last 27 feet to get into the Gatun Lake. Shortly after you go under the Centennial Bridge, making your way to the Gatun Lake. During your transit through Gatun Lake you pass the Smithsonian Research Station, Barro Colorado. After reaching the Gamboa Dredging Division you board motor coaches for your transfer back to Panama City. (B,L)
NOTE: This Transit can either go northbound or southbound - it depends on the day and Panama Canal Authority. The above description describes the northbound transit. Also please note that during the dry season and low water levels in Gatun Lake the Panama Canal Authority may implement strict water conservation guidelines. These measures restrict transit schedules and may cause changes in Canal Transit departure times. You are advised of any changes the day before your transit tour.