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Gatun Lake

Address: Panama City, Panama
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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise...
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Ranked #5 of 126 things to do in Panama City
Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms...
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner 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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Winnipeg, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Went on the JungleLand tour. Went on Gatun Lake, part of the Canal, with the big freighters. Toured the Jungle by boat, fed monkeys, kayaked. Great trip!

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San Diego, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We took a boat our of Gatun lake. We fed monkeys and then paddled through thick vegetation to a boat house where we had a pleasant lunch. After a swim, some of our group went fishing and we paddled to an area after which we hiked to a water falls. We jumped off, relaxed, had a cocktail, and paddled back.... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A very pretty lake surrounded by green forest on both sides. It is a relaxing quiet cruise thru the lake.

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Petersburg, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was able to ride over the beautiful lake on my way to the Gamboa Resort. It's one of the most beautiful experiences to see the lake during sunrise. I also enjoyed bird and monkey watching in a small boat along this great lake. Lastly, the views were astonishing as my group at a restaurant along the lake. This was... More 

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Chesley, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We took a boat tour from the Gamboa area to Gatun Lake to visit the Monkey islands. We saw 2 types of monkeys, an iguana swimming in Gatun lake, as well as many birds and a crocodile.

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Ridgetown
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We took this tour offered by the Gamboa Rainforest Resort while visiting on a Collette Vacations tour of Panama. It was nice enough but would have been better if we had been able to spend more time. Our guide seemed to rush everything, which I'm sure was true, as we found out that a couple of our party had booked... More 

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Sharon, Connecticut
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

There is so much activity through the Panama Canal's locks--lots of noise and movement and gushing water--that the lake is quite serene by comparison. There is some wildlife to be seen and the Gamboa Resort offers boat rides on the lake if you are unable to make the journey through the canal. Many boats "park" here before completing the trip... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We took a boat cruise of Gatun Lake. It was a safe experience. We were lucky enough to see 3 kinds of monkeys. I think that might be unusual, but it made us happy. We saw Capuchin white faced monkeys, howlers, and Geoffroy's tamarin, which is a much smaller monkey. There were also a couple crocodiles, and a few birds.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

They call it the "Gatun Lake Expedition". A tarp cover speed boat seating about twelve leaves the Gaboa boat docks and heads into the Canal under the one-way bridge made of railway ties. We were lucky enough to see White Faced Monkeys, Snail Kites, Black Vultures and even Crocodiles so take a camera. Set in the front seat if you... More 

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parisf
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We were part of a tour group that offered us the opportunity to take a 1 hr. long boat cruise on Gatun Lake while we were staying at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. It started at the Marina boat ramp for the afternoon ride. Along the way we saw two capuchin monkeys (ones that the organ grinders have) on the trees... More 

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