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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise...
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Ranked #4 of 67 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner 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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Panama City, Panama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The real feel of Panama is felt when you visit Lake Gatun Lake. It is beautiful and provides a real view of the natural setting of Panama. You are out of the raging traffic of Panama City and enjoy some fishing, watch the birds, take a boat ride.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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330 reviews 330 reviews
158 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Recommend to take this educational excursion on the Gatun Lake since it gives an insight into the operations of the Panama Canal as a transit between the two oceans. The lake which is actually a reservoir after the building of the Gatun Dam allow the ships to float across the mountain ranges by bringing them up and down by locks... More

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Irondequoit, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Right on the edge of the very dense jungle. Never saw a mosquito. Did see, butterflies, lizards and birds.

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Newport Beach, California
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22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

If you are looking for excitement, this isn't the place to visit. For those who thought Panama City had nice beaches and then realized it doesn't, this is as close you can get to real beaches.

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Chengdu, China
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54 reviews 54 reviews
44 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I've spent a fair bit of time around this late, mainly in Aeronosa, where my father spends half the year building, tinkering, and exploring. I love this part of Panama since it is not touristy and has a lot of local character. You aren't too far from heading to some of the nice beaches a bit farther, and there is... More

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

See at least a few kinds of monkeys and vast variety of birds. Water lillies and other water plants are wonderful. Only lightly visited.

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Hamilton, Canada
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190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you have the opportunity to take a boat tour through Gatun Lake - do it. Having just passed through the canal it was a real insight to view the shipping from a different point of view. The lake is surrounded by jungle and so, in addition to viewing the shipping as it travels the lake, there is the opportunity... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nature at it's Best. Tropical vegetation was thick. Wish there were roads around this Lake, so we could drive around the entire Gatun Lake. Some bridges were in a state of very low repair. Very few road Signs to places of Interest.

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Sarnia, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We saw really small monkeys which came right into our boat. Howler Monkeys, Vultures and other fishes and birds!! We took the tour from the Gamboa Rainforest, bring a rain poncho!!!

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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The boat trip on Gatun Lake enables excellent wildlife viewing while bobbing in the wake of huge ships transiting the Canal.

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