The Panama Canal traverses the isthmus of Panama, connecting the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. From the Miraflores Locks near Panama City on the Pacific side of the isthmus, the canal crosses the rainforests of Panama province and passes through the Gaillard Cut and the Pedro Miguel Locks, into Lake Gatun, before joining the Caribbean Sea at the Gatun Locks near Colon. The Soberania National Park, which extends into both Panama and Colon Provinces, is considered one of the best birding spots in the world, and is just one hour from Panama City. Travel by road from Panama City to the sleepy town of Gamboa, located on a sharp bend of the Chagres river, close to where it enters Lake Gatun and continue into the Soberania National Park to explore the lush rainforest. Here, you can walk along the famous Pipeline Road or Plantation Road and observe the rich flora and fauna, which includes hundreds of species of birds.
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Gamboa The sleepy town of Gamboa is located on a sharp bend of the Chagres river, close to where it enters Lake Gatun, and not far from the Panama Canal's Gaillard Cut, the point at which the canal traverses the continental divide. Gamboa was one of the former Canal Zone townships, built to house Panama Canal employees and their families. Today, the town is still home to the main headquarters of the Dredging Division of the Panama Canal Authority. Most visitors pass through en route to visit the rainforest of the nearby Soberania National Park
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"I really enjoyed the Panama Canal trip and then visiting the Miraflores Locks the following day. Having learned about it as a child, it was just great to experience it 'for real'. It was fascinating to see everything working in virtually the same way as it has done for the past 100 years! I found the the museum/information centre excellent."