Heading north out of Panama City along the canal, the first sight of note is the Miraflores Locks. The first lock gates here are the tallest in the whole canal system. Even so, they open in just two minutes, guiding ships through by electric locomotives known as mules. The visitor complex is a ten-minute walk from the point on the main road where any Gamboa- or Paraíso-bound bus from Panama City can drop you off – just ask the driver. The best time to see ships passing through is 8am to 11am, when they come up from the Pacific side, and after 3pm, when they complete their transit from the Atlantic side. There is an overpriced café here, as well as an expensive restaurant and a souvenir shop.