The Panama Canal works with a system of locks. It has three locks, the Miraflores Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks and Gatun Locks. The total length of the Canal is aproximately 80Kms. (49.7 miles). The Canal goes from northeast to southeast.
The Miraflores Locks are the first set of locks that goes from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Vessels have to make a line to wait for their turn to enter the Canal (in the Pacific Ocean); then when the permission is granted they sail under Las Americas Bridge until they get to Miraflores Locks.
Once the vessel gets into the Miraflores Locks, it is raised about 8 meters (26 ft) to the Miraflores Lake. Then, the vessel will get to the second set of locks called Pedro Miguel to be raised another 8 meters (26 ft) to the level of the Culebras Cut segment which is surrounded by mountains. After that, the vessel will get to the entrance of the Gatun Lake in Gamboa.
At the end of the crossing, the vessel will find the last and biggest set of locks called Gatun. While crossing from chamber to chamber it will be descending to 26 meters (85 ft) until reaching the sea level of the Atlantic Ocean (Caribbean Sea) where the crossing ends.
The Panama Canal works 24 hours, 365 days and receive vessels from different nations. You cannot miss the opportunity to watch this wonderful work, take the City Tour which includes this visit and some other interesting ones.
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