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importance for shipping and being an engineering masterpiece, the Panama Canal is often described as 8th wonder of the world. Since the Pacific coast of Panama had been discovered, visionaries were dreaming of constructing an artificial waterway across Panama someday to connect the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Sea. Consequently ships would no longer have to go the long and dangerous way around Cape Horn. After many years this plan was realized so the first ship could pass the Panama Canal in the year 1914.
Miraflores Visitors Centre – a New Insight for Tourists
During your stay in Panama it is a must to pay a visit to the Miraflores Visitors Centre – CVM. As it has been established directly at the Panama Canal, it will grant you an overwhelming view to all happenings there. Furthermore you have the possibility to learn a lot about the development of the Panama Canal, its importance and function in the world trade as well as further interesting facts. The centre accommodates a fully equipped theatre, three observation platforms, two snack-bars, a restaurant with panoramic view, a souvenir shop and a hall for special events. Most of the rooms can also be rented.
Four Exhibition Halls – Witnessing the History of the Panama Canal
Four exhibition halls represent the core of the Miraflores Visitors Centre showing historical pieces, video presentations and objects which were used for constructing the canal.
Exhibition Hall #1: Hall of History
In this hall you will be given an insight into the backgrounds, the technical innovations and medical initiatives which accompanied the construction of the Panama Canal.
Exhibition Hall #2: Hall of Water: Source of Life
This hall focuses on the importance of water, the maintenance of environment and the biological variety.
Exhibition Hall #3: The Canal in Action
The operation of the Panama Canal is demonstrated to you in his hall in an amusing way. Moreover you may gather your own experiences by use of a navigation simulator.
Exhibition Hall #4: The Canal’s Position in the World
Here you will be informed about the importance of the Panama Canal in the world trade; trade routes as well as the identification of canal users are described.
Opening hours of the Miraflores Visitors Centre
Ticket office: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Exhibition halls, snack-bars and souvenir shop: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Restaurant: 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
For further information:
Tel.: (507) 276-8325 or 276-8449
Fax: (507) 276-8469
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Further details of the Canal authority can be learnt from: www.pancanal.com
Near to the Miraflores Visitors Centre you will find the Metropolitan Park. Additionally it is easy to combine the visit of the Panama Canal with a tour to the storage lake Gatun, as it is within easy reach as well.