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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #4 of 55 attractions in Panama City
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching
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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Washington state
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I think it is important to have the history of the canal and the canal zone before visiting so that it all makes sense. And the fact that there is little "touristy" attractions on the transit. However, the natural surroundings and wildlife, will take on a real prescence once you know the history.

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Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

One of our excursions included with our Caravan Tours to Panama was a boat ride on Gutan Lake (artificial lake). We all had to wear life preservers before going on the boat. We got to see 3 types of monkeys, one being the Jefferson Tamarind Monkey (TT). They are brown and white and have very tiny tongues. They are very... More

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Banff National Park, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We saw the dredgers that keep the channels open and the commentary about the construction of the canal the country and the prison was interesting.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Gatun Lake was created by damming the Chagres River to facilitate Canal shipping. It is now a national park area, home to protected wildlife, transited by giant container ships. Congratulations to Panama's conservation! Visit Gamboa and include a guided small boat tour of the lake islands to visit local fauna. A real treat !

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We used PBA tours and they did a wonderful job, especially George. This was so relaxing and interesting. Go early to see the monkeys and the Crocs.

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Oslo, Norway
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89 reviews 89 reviews
49 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

to see the big ships 3 at one time go through. Large cruise ships and smaller vessels. But expensive 2-300.00 US Dollars pr. vessel.

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Lake Linden, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Beautiful, peaceful and relaxing with abundant wild life. We cruised the lake, saw lots of monkeys, birds and crocodiles. The Sunrise over the lake was beautiful.

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Honolulu
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Built during canal construction. Not only beautiful but has lovely islands. Constant dredging needed creating pyramids of new islands. Fascinating to see the ocean freighters beside small sailboats.

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Great trip arranged through PanamaRoadrunners for an action filled day of fishing for AND catching LOTS of Peacock Bass. They hit it hard and fight which is always fun in fishing. ENJOY!

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sonoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Incredibly beautiful jungle. Recommend a private boat tour and Monkey Island. We saw lots of monkeys, both Capuchin and Howler. Saw one alligator and a lot of birds. Recommend going as early as possible in the morning as the wildlife is more active then.

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