On January 10, 2016, we entered the Panama Canal. Our transit started at the Gutun Locks, where we were guided through by the electric locomotives known as “Mules.” After rising 85 feet we sailed into Gutun Lake and past the Charges River dam and down the Charges River toward the Pacific Ocean. While we sailed in the canal, local vendors came on board to sell their handicrafts and the culinary department set up a Panamanian Market of different foods. Sailing down the canal the water was particularly muddy due to the increased dredging in preparation of the new larger locks being built. At approximately the halfway point we passed Gamboa, the main work yard for the canal with it’s large cranes used for maintaining the canal.
After passing under the Centennial Bridge, we entered the Pedro Miguel Locks which lowered us 31 feet and then on to the Miraflores Locks, which lowers us anywhere from 43 to 64.5 feet depending on the extreme tides on the Pacific Side. Here there is a large visitor center, that always seems to be crowded whenever we pass through the canal. After leaving the canal we traveled around a point and anchored over night at Fuerte Amador across from Panama City.
The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.