Nov 07

Gatún Locks

by in Panama

Gatún Locks, Panama Canal

About an hours bus ride North from Portebello is the city of Colon. Back in the day, Colon was one of the wealthiest cities in the Americas. Today, it is still home of the second largest free trade zone in the world. Just outside the city are the Gatún Locks. Built in the early 1900’s during the construction of the Panama Canal, the Gatún Locks raise or lower ships the necessary 85 feet between Lake Gatún and the Caribbean Sea. It was then, and still is today, one the greatest engineering works even achieved.

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