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Jan 21 - COLÓN, PANAMA (Day 1)

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What to wear in Panama? Why, Panama hats, of course! This morning we were excited to travel to see the newly completed 3rd lock at the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. Here, we are crossing the Canal on their new ferry.

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Panamanians anxiously await completion of a bridge across the Canal here – it’s gotta be high!

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Residents on the Atlantic side have always crossed the Canal like this – waiting for ships to slowly pass, the lock gates to close, a bridge swings out and then we drove across.

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The plan for an 100th anniversary completion in 2014 didn'’t happen. We transited the Canal with Crystal in 2015 and saw the new lock gates sitting nearby as the huge excavation proceeded. The grand opening was on June 26, 2016

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We have crossed the old locks and are now crossing the containment basins of the new locks.

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We crossed the rolling gate of the new Agua Clara Locks.

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A new, bigger system had to be built because ships have gotten so large!

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A view of the new construction, as we look from the visitor’s center

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In Gatun Lake a variety of ships wait their scheduled entrance time.

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Back in Colon we enjoyed seeing the many fancy repurposed and redecorated (:)) US school buses!

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Colon is undergoing major renovations. Our driver assured us it will be a new city in two years.

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Meanwhile -how about a street-side trim?

Posted by Swenigale 13:25 Archived in Panama

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