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Gatun Lake

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Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 50760909885
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After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms the...

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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Gatun lake is partially man made lake located in the isthmus of Panama. The water comes into lake from the rivers flowing from mountainsr

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gatun lake is partially man made lake located in the isthmus of Panama. The water comes into lake from the rivers flowing from mountainsr

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El Sobrante, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Get on a tour boat to see the monkeys, and a local 'indian' village. It's worth it. Howler and White Faced Capuchin monkeys and Tamarins; caymen, different birds, Agouti, Capybaras, turtles, and more.

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Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a "jungle boat cruise" on Lake Gatun and loved it. It was really odd being in the middle of the Canal with all the large boats. Best of all was seeing the myriad flora and fauna of the small islands in the lake - especially tamarinds, green lizards and capuchin monkeys - not to mention a bunch of... More 

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Peacock Bass fun to catch and super good eating. We fried our catch and had enough fish to feed a small army.

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Saint John, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tops of the mountains are now islands after the locks were put in place. I think she told us 5 rivers feed the lake and panama is noted for its plentiful water. We seen many birds and monkeys. Even stopping to feed the monkeys by hand. The water was pretty clean and you can jump off the boat for... More 

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Blandon, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gatun lock is very nice. It's used as a waiting area for ships to go through the locks. Our cruise ship was here for awhile so we could tender passengers to their shore excursions. other than that there really isn't anything to do, but hang out on the ship and wait for it to go back through the locks.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the lake, via cruise ship, which was just beautiful! We spent a few hours in the lake while we tendered people going on shore excursions, to their buses...then, back through the locks and docked at Colon for a few hours.

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a bunch of birders on our tour boat. Huge camera and tons of excitement with the birds. Toucans, parrots and things I don't know. We saw monkeys, sloths, termite nest, and things I don't know what it us. Our guide, did a great job explaining the history of the lake and showed us the expansion of the canal.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lake was formed by damming the Chagres river to create a staging area for ships traversing the canal. There are hotels that are lakefront and kayak rentals are available. There are also eco tours by pontoon boat. A lot of the accommodations are around Colon. Be careful in the Colon area as it is reported to be the most... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Gatun Lake to Fish for 6 hours, but we also were able to see toucans, monkeys, iguanas, etc. It is nice to be able to see all these animals in their natural habitat.

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