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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #4 of 58 attractions in Panama City
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms the central part of the Panama Canal.
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Martell
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This lake separates by 50 miles the two sets of locks... one on the Pacific side and the other on the Atlantic side....able to see large ships up close

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The tour on Gatun Lake with Rudy was memorable..we saw Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, crocodiles and beautiful butterflies....The highlight was having a monkey come down and beg for bananas and then run all around the boat.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

An amazing trip with a tour of the outter perimeter of the forest. We got to see Tamarin monkeys, Capuccian monkeys and howling monkeys too! It was very cool! We also got to see a tucan in a tree!

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Kelowna
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7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Next time would like to visit the floating jungle lodge. But very pleasant cruising. Lovely weather, nothing to dislike!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great way to see the Canal and the Lake! We saw 3 different types of monkeys and an crocodile. The monkeys came on the boat and ate the fruit! The view was beautiful and the tour group was very knowledgeable! We rode by the big boats going through the canal to the Monkeys and loved seeing them up close.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We toured around the lake area in smaller boats, and the scenery is very nice. The islands are mountain tops, as this is a man made lake. You are in the rain forest. We saw several Capuchin Monkeys, a couple even came down and sat on the top of one of the boats. They will bite, so we were told... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The purpose of our trip was to see, learn and understand the workings of the lock system. Interesting to hear why the new lock system wasn't on track for opening. Wouldn't return, once the new canal and locks open.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The Gatun lakes are an interesting part of the route through the Panama Canal especially when you pass other ships sailing in the other direction! Interesting views along the banks and the chance to try and spot wildlife!

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london
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Just a short distance from Panama City, Gatun Lake was a brilliant day trip. We saw lots of wildlife (tamarinds, howlers etc) with huge container ships going by just a short distance away. We went with Ancon Expeditions and they were excellent.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

A visit to Panama is not complete without seeing Gatun Lake , Panama Canal. This lake was formed in order to provide fresh water to the operations of the Canal back in 1911 today is a Biologist dream and accesible to nature lover and fishermen looking for Peacock Bass Snook and Tarpon. While you enjoy any activity in the Lake... More

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