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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #5 of 59 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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637 reviews 637 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We went on this lake twice for different tours. It was great place to see all types of wildlife. It's incredible to think this lake is man made!

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

The Lake itself is just a lake. But if you can take a tour of the rainforest by Gamboa, and the boat tour along the southern lake area to the islands with Tamarin, Howler and Capuchin monkeys, it's a fun place. And lots of monkeys came out - the guide was giving them mango.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We used Ancon Expeditions to do the eco boat tour. The cost was 110.00 per person for the four hour tour. A driver picks you up at your hotel and drives along the Panama Canal passing two of the three locks. Our guide, Ivan Hoyes, provided us with the history of the canal and pointed out several things along the... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

the Carribean side or Atlnctic side leading into Lake gatun is due to be completed this year, marking the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.

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Martell
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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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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