On there morning of January 11, 2015, we entered the Panama Canal. In the morning we traveled through Gatun Locks and Gatun Lake. In the afternoon we traveled through the Culebra Cut, under the Freedom Bridge to the Pedro Miguel Locks. After passing through the Miraflores Locks we entered the Pacific Ocean. The total transit lasted 10 hours. The activity in the canal was always bustling, from the work of the canal tugs positioning the cargo ships before they enter the locks to the Mules guiding the ships in the locks. Still there were tranquil moments when a bird would land as if there were no one around, even though there were hundreds of spectators in the Miraflores Visitor Center near by. Our final view was the construction of the new locks being built next to the canal.
The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.