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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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to be on the 2nd largest man made lake is pretty cool. you can fish for peacock bass! we (2) caught 125 fish in a half day. 50 keepers and they filet them as part of the deal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

to be on the 2nd largest man made lake is pretty cool. you can fish for peacock bass! we (2) caught 125 fish in a half day. 50 keepers and they filet them as part of the deal. had them fried up when returning to the dock! I found 'Robert Fiveson' on craigs list and was not disappointed. $250 included... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

if you can take a private guide and boat this really is an expense that is worth it as you have the freedom to longer were you want. We had a great guide and captain saw the birds monkeys ships . it really was one of the most magical experiences

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Iowa
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We booked a Peacock Bass Fishing Tour that went from the canal into Gatun Lake. Plenty of wind to help keep us cool from the Panamanian heat, but we also had calm waters in some of the little coves our guide got us into. While we didn't catch a lot of bass during our half day tour, we certainly caught... More 

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Karlskrona, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We went through the lake when doing the canal tour. It was quite windy, but the nature around the lake was beautiful and absolutely worth a visit.

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Brandon, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

What else can I say...we got to see the ships coming from the canal and monkeys ...all in the same hour. Only downside is they bumped us Monday (we had reservations), lucky we were able to go Friday.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Barro Colorado is the largest island in Lake Gatun. The Smithsonian has been there since, I think, 1923. If you like nature then this is a very interesting and guided day. You must book well in advance. The process is more tedious than necessary and e mails seem to get 'lost', but it is all worth it. There is one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The lake is beautiful in places. You see a lot of wildlife! Monkeys were the best. Boat rides are available

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Lakewood, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Besides being the powerful source for fresh water for the locks, the surrounding areas are full of life. Monkeys, crocodiles, birds, we saw them all.

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Alpine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We transited thru the canals and off-loaded some passengers for day tours. Many ships waiting their turn to go thru the locks. Situated between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Incredible to think this lake was man-made, in order to facilitate a reservoir for the canals. Incredible engineering! The lake was quite pretty, too!

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