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Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 50760909885
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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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Great boat ride on the Gatun Lake close to birds and monkeys.

We enjoyed a half-day boat safari on the Gatun Lake. Great experience. Very good guide and boat driver. Beautiful rainforest scenery once you get away from the passageway of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a half-day boat safari on the Gatun Lake. Great experience. Very good guide and boat driver. Beautiful rainforest scenery once you get away from the passageway of the big ships. We saw a large number of different bird species, several different lizard species and had the great luck to see white-faced capuchin monkeys, tamarin monkeys as well as... More 

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This was one of the highlights of our Caravan Tour of Panama. We cruised through the jungle canals and saw Capuchin and Tamarin monkeys in their natural habitat. A beautiful way to experience the rain forest

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New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We spent a few hours here, as we booked ourselves for a boat tour of Lake Gatun. This hotel is scenic but is in need of a renovation. However, if you are passing through, as you drive along the Panama Canal, you may consider taking a boat tour of the lake. The tour will be anticlimactic, but it does give... More 

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Robert provides EVERYTHING. One of the bucket list fishing trips of my life. I could not believe it. He picked us up at our hotel and he drove us to the lake. I would never have found it. The guide was very good and the rates are unbelievable for a guided fishing trip! Prepare for heat! it get hot on... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We really enjoyed watching the assortment of traffic that was crossing the lake on their way to either the Pacific or the Atlantic. It's truly a crossroads of international trade and traffic. We saw the massive container ships as well as the small, sailboats -- all seeking a quicker way than around the horn of South of America.

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Audubon, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Lake Gatun was the largest manmade lake at the time it was formed to become the inland passageway for ships transiting the Panama Canal. The lake can be seen best at the new visitor center and is always filled with ships waiting for their turn at the locks. Don’t venture into the lakeside on your own, the alligators are not... More 

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Portage, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Saw the lake as part of a "Monkey Island" tour. (Rained that day!)Well worth the viewing. Fed by the Chiagres River. Only river in the world to feed into two oceans. Gatun is part of the Panama Canal. Only saw one ship while we were there.

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful lake! Awesome experience passing through the canal! Great opportunity to see many other huge ships making the same journey!

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Had a great time on Gatun Lake peacock bass fishing all day. I found our guide Robert Fiveson off of another post on Trip Advisor and after looking him up on Craigslist we were extremely happy with the trip he put together for us. He picked us up at 6 am at the hotel and drove us an hour and... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We had plans to visit both major locks (Gatun and Mirafores). We visited Gatun on first day. As others point out, you are VERY close to the boats and the locks. It's also not busy being farther from Panama City, so there is lots of room to move around. The observation area is outside but covered from rain. There is... More 

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Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 50760909885
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City

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