PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION & CENTENNIAL

June 9, 2014 ~ The second embarkation with the new lock gates arrived!

 

History is being rewritten all over again at the Panama Canal as it is expanding its capacity to allow for more than double the traffic it currently serves. To be completed in 2015, the project that includes a third set of locks, larger and wider than the existing ones, will cost $5.6 billion (US).




The Panama Canal has played an integral part in history as it provided an option of traveling between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean’s without having to sail a greater distance and through perilous Cape Horn. Trade and people movement boomed almost a century ago as a result of the opening of the Panama Canal. And now, history and Panama have come together to give people from all over the world an opportunity to see this great modern wonder of the world be enlarged. Read more...

The construction will create a lock at the Pacific end as well as one at the Atlantic end. Excavation of new channels, along with elevating Gatun Lake for maximum tonnage to pass through, makes up a huge part of the construction.

If you have ever wanted to see history in the making, come visit Panama and take a Panama Canal adventure with Ancon Expeditions of Panama. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss our tours related to the Panama Canal, or to schedule your trip to Panama.

We highly recommend a visit to the new Gatun Expansion Visitor Center near Colon where you can observe the daily works in progress on the third set of locks on the Atlantic. We recommend our 4 days / 3 nights The Path Between The Seas short adventure for experiencing the highlights of the Panama Canal in only a few days.


Panama Canal Centennial: 100th Anniversary in 2014!

Since the SS Ancon made the first ocean to ocean transit through the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914 more than a million vessels have transited through the waterway bringing commerce, cultures and people from all corners of the world closer together. This year, the Panama Canal celebrates its 100th anniversary and we invite you to join this unforgettable event with a program that takes you to the most important and influential areas related to this man-made wonder. Book now to save your spots for the Panama Canal Centennial program, a unique 8 day / 7 night itinerary offered in June, July, August and December of 2014!

100 Years Connecting the World! For a century the Panama Canal has been a symbol of innovation, connectivity, diversity and sustainability to unite the world. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) invites you here to learn more about important facts, news, videos, and activities and events related to the Panama Canal and it's 100th year anniversary in 2014.