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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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Part of the Engineering Marvel of the Canal

The simple genius of the design of the Panama Canal is apparent in the man-made Gatun Lake. Unto itself Gatun Lake as a part of the Panama Canal is remarkable. As part of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The simple genius of the design of the Panama Canal is apparent in the man-made Gatun Lake. Unto itself Gatun Lake as a part of the Panama Canal is remarkable. As part of the system, it helps shape the wonder of the canal.

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Ermelo, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

From the Gamboa Resort (after we went here directly from the unsafe city of Colon, after taking the canal-train) we took a boattrip to the lakesites just near the Panama-canal. We saw tamarind- and capucine-monkeys and crocodiles. One hour is too short to see all of the surroundings... Nice to pass the canal with the speedboat just besides the very... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Hotel is not for folks who cannot walk well, so take what you need, we did, and my mother had a great time.

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Richmond, Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We did a boat tour. I really liked it. The boat operators took us right up to the banks and there were two different types of monkeys who came down to the boat when offered food. There were crocodiles on the banks, but they would quickly disappear into the water when they noticed us stopping.

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North Aurora, Illinois
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Take the trip to the Rainforest and Lake, it is worth the visit to see nature at its finest. We did see some monkeys on our tour. We did drive by on the way there to see the 3rd Locks that will be completed next year and also visited the Locks and locomotive area off our ship.

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

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

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

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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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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