- Panama City Extension1 days from $475
Delve into the history of Panama during a stay in Panama City. Observe the complex operation of the Panama Canal on visits to the historic Miraflores Locks, as well as the recently constructed Agua Clara Locks. Explore the intriguing Biomuseo—the only Latin American work of renowned architect Frank Gehry—and gain insight into Panama’s natural history and extraordinary biodiversity.
Arrive in Panama City, the capital of Panama. Head to the banks of the Panama Canal, the gateway between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, completed in 1914 and expanded to three lanes in 2016. Visit the Miraflores Locks, where vessels are lifted or lowered 54 feet in transit to or from the Pacific port. Enjoy a special after-hours tour of the Miraflores Visitor Center; then gather for dinner at the museum’s restaurant, offering an unparalleled view of the canal, lit up for around-the-clock operation.
Venture to the city’s southern tip for a tour of the Frank Gehry–designed Biomuseo, featuring over 13,000 feet of gallery space dedicated to the history of the Isthmus of Panama and its myriad species. Visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to witness the operation of the new Agua Clara Locks. Measuring 70 feet wider than the original locks, the new locks allow for the passage of state-of-the-art Neopanamax vessels, with more than twice the cargo capacity previously allowed. This afternoon, continue to Colón on the Caribbean coast and embark our ship.
National Geographic Quest