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Address: Panama City, Panama
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: 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 and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

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Gatun Lake

This is a beautiful body of water. We were on a cruise going through the Panama Canal into Gatun Lake. Then we boarded a smaller vessel and cruised through the lake through the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Scarborough, ME, United States
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Scarborough, ME, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful body of water. We were on a cruise going through the Panama Canal into Gatun Lake. Then we boarded a smaller vessel and cruised through the lake through the MiraFlores Locks. Huge lake and great views.

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minneapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Took a boat around Gatun lake and loved it. Went from island to island looking for wildlife and saw a lot. 3 different kinds of monkeys, lots of very cool iguanas, lots of birds and even a croc or 2.

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate enough to take two boat rides on Gatun Lake. The first was part of our trip through the Canal where we went through two of the three sets of locks. The second was a trip to monkey island where we were lucky enough to see three different kinds of monkeys - and a crocodile. Amazing!

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

AS you transit through the canal, you will end up in this amazing lake. It is very odd being on a ship looking at land on both sides of you. almost as if you are in a marsh. Very Amazing

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Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We were on the lake twice. The first time was by boat from the Gamboa Resort to the monkey islands. The first amazing thing was to share the lake (which is part of the canal passage way) with these huge ocean going ships. The second is the wildlife, especially the monkeys. We visited 4 islands and saw and interacted with... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Grandkids liked feeding the monkeys and the boat tour on Gatun Lake, Very relaxing. Also, enjoyed the stop at the Enbera Indian campsite to learn about their culture and liifestyle.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Gatun Lake - one of the manmade lakes is FULL of wildlife. Highly recommend to do the Monkey Island tour through the Rainforest hotel. You get to see more than just monkeys! Lots of birds, crocodiles lizards and turtles

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It one of those places that is the highlight of the country. The canal obviously is very long and you can spot it at several places along the canal, which may work if you have a car as you can drive a bit further up the road and look at the ships navigating the canal. At the Visitor Centre, You... More 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

As part of our tour we were taken on the Monkey Island tour on Gatun Lake. Had close up encounters with Tamarinds, Capuchins and Howlers. Also saw Snail Kites actively feeding. If I have the opportunity for a return trip I will also try the Peacock Bass fishing which is reported to be excellent.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Our trip to the lakes was very informative but a little short. The boat was very comfortable and we saw various wildlife on the lakes including sloths, howler monkeys, toucans and lizards. You will need binoculars or telephoto lenses for close ups of the sloths and monkeys, however the lake and vegetation is lovely so if getting up and looking... More 

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