The third and final section of the Panama Canal is descending through Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks and then navigating through the exit channel into the Pacific Ocean, passing under the Bridge of the Americas and passing the amazing skyline of Panama City. An excellent end to a spectacular day.
On the Pacific Side, two separate locks must be negotiated, Pedro Miguel with a single chamber and Miraflores with a double chamber.
Approaching Pedro Miguel Locks. We are heading for the stbd side chamber following astern of the same MSC container ship we followed up Gatun Locks.
Wide angle view of the approach to Pedro Miguel Locks.
The excavation to create the new locks and entrance channel.
Approaching Pedro Miguel with the MSC ship already lowered.
MSC ship already departed, gates closed and the lock is filling for us.
Lock full and gates opening for us to enter.
Approaching Miraflores Locks looking down the ship’s side showing minimal clearance.
Miraflores visitor centre, which is frequently packed with visitors when cruise ships transit the canal. Today had a great turnout with a large group of Aussies displaying an Aussie flag. Competing with them was another group with a poster containing the latest cricket score from the England & Australia Test Match. England just happen to lead the series 2 to 1.
Passing the port and approaching the Bridge of the Americas, which used to be the Pan-American highway that connects North, South and Central America. We could access the motorway a couple of miles from our house and after a few days arrive at this bridge.
Passing under the Bridge of the Americas
Marina with Panama City in the background.
Panama City skyline. Having completed a city tour on one of our previous transits, we noted that Panama has turned into a beautiful city. Very clean and the people were extremely friendly. A huge change from my first visit in 1975.
I hope you enjoyed this photographic tour through the Panama Canal, as we are now heading south to explore the West Coast of South America.