Miraflores Visitor Center

Miraflores Visitor Center, Panama City: Address, Phone Number, Miraflores Visitor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Miraflores Visitor Center
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wasklywabbit
Nanaimo32 contributions
Best ship viewing in Panama
Dec 2021
The Miraflores Visitor centre was open. Their website said that reservation were required and was confusing but I just showed up on a Tuesday at 2 pm and there was no problem entering. Covid percautions are in place so yes we were lead in with a guide who led quickly past the exhibits but then there was no time restriction on the top floor viewing area. I stayed to watch 3 ships go down or about 2.5 hours. During this time I walked back down the stairs and was able to view the displays in the museum at my leisure. Some of the areas were roped off but about 2/3 were available. I took the city bus from Albrook Mall bus terminal route C810 Miraflores. I had to ask a person in a safety vest where the bus arrived and it is about once per hour. If you have a Metro Pass and are staying for a while in Panama this works. I don;t think that the IMAX at the lock is open. It looked closed to me. For $10 US I achieved seeing what I wanted to see the most in Panama ( plus 50 cents for the two bus rides) The Miraflores bus turns around right in front of the centre and is better than the option of getting off on the main road and walking in. There were lots of taxiis waiting to return to the city if this is your choice.
Written 1 December 2021
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must_travel_soon_10
Mississauga, Canada1,390 contributions
Interesting
Nov 2021 • Couples
People say this is a must do in Panama? It’s ok. Took Uber here on the way to town and didn’t need much more than an hour. The history is the most amazing aspect of the canal.
Written 14 November 2021
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kirstenpix
Gig Harbor, WA493 contributions
Gotta See It
Oct 2021 • Friends
Visited as a group of four. No wait going in. You will be given a surgical mask if you are wearing cloth. Felt rushed through the indoor parts of the visitor center but watching a ship transit the locks was very interesting.
Written 22 October 2021
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Alexandre RJ71
Rio de Janeiro, RJ11 contributions
Better make reservations
Oct 2021
If you are visiting Miraflores Visitors Center by yourself, make your reservation beforehand at official website.
This is because they are restricting the number of people as a preventive measure of COVID. They are making around a group of around 10 people. They have the list of names who made the reservations and if you are have not reserved, they would ask you to wait for a while. I visited 8h00am on tuesday and fortunately I could see 1 ship passing by. It was awesome experience.
Written 13 October 2021
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Eric the Red
11 contributions
Just don't go (yet)
Aug 2021 • Couples
Since the new locks opened, Miraflores has shrunk in tourist attraction value. The bulkiest barges are far away. Due to the current Covid restrictions, you are only allowed in in groups of 8 and have a maximum of 75minutes to spend there. The museum is well made but the way you are hounded through is ridiculous, given you have come with a certain interest and paid 10$ per person. As a man of the letter, I can well read the titles. If you read the vignettes you know more than the guides will tell you. On each floor they tell you more or less what you can see for yourself. Then they quackle on their walkie-talkie and rush you up. The highlight of the tour is the terrace. If you happen to be there at noon, the traffic turns and there might be no boat for another hour or two. At least that's what another guide says. We were not allowed to stay and wait for a ship due to the aforementioned Covid-rules. The boss, who was called after we explained our disappointment to a guide, was dismissive and told us we were "lucky" to have been allowed in at all. So, no history and no ship for 10$. Go to Pedro Miguel and you get ships, no history but a sunburn for free.
Written 17 August 2021
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Kathryn K
18 contributions
Don’t waste your time
Aug 2021 • Solo
I had heard amazing things about the visitors center, but during covid it’s hardly even worth the trip.

Only 8 people are allowed inside the visitors center exhibit at a time and, once inside, they shuttle you through so fast that you can’t even read any of the signs or take in what you’re looking at. They have a guide say two sentences in each room and then whisk you away. (Also it’s all in Spanish, and if you ask them to translate to English they say even less than 2 sentences per room.) All in all the “tour” lasted maybe 15 minutes tops and I learned nothing. The informative movie is gone too. And there are no ships passing through. Hate to say it, but because of the extreme measures they’re taking at Miraflores “for covid”, this is complete and total waste of time. Can’t believe they’re still charging full price for that. Huge disappointment.
Written 14 August 2021
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Criquett E
Chiriqui Province, Panama42 contributions
Website said open but nope!
Mar 2021
I imagine the canal is a fascinating place to visit, which is why we wanted to go. We checked the website and it said it was open. We made a trip across Panama to visit Miraflores and when we arrived it was closed to all visitors due to COVID. It would have been nice if the website had been accurate.
Written 28 March 2021
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Camilla R
Malmö, Sweden34 contributions
Great visit!
Feb 2020 • Friends
Nice Well structured place to visit. First there was a movie abt the canal and then you could visit the hotel. I liked i a lot!
Written 24 January 2021
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Hauptstadteinwohner
Berlin, Germany99 contributions
wrong information on their website
Dec 2020 • Solo
Went there today 21st of December with a public bus. Even checked their website before for opening times. A security guard at the gate then told me that it’s closed and I need to be in the same bus on the way out. Covid restrictions are ok but you guys should inform visitors about this! If the website is not reliable what then?
Written 21 December 2020
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moniquefv90
10 contributions
Honeymoon
Mar 2020
This was great! We went as the pandemic was just beginning so a lot of the activities and booths that would have been open were not opened. In particular they had a set up to take a professional picture and I guess do key chains or photo frames but no one was there.But we enjoyed it nonetheless and were grateful we got to experience just before the world shut down.
Written 14 October 2020
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