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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise...
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Ranked #4 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Kalaheo, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

It was great to see the hugh ships as they made their way across the lake. Interesting history of the lake and several species of monkeys to see.

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Biddeford, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The guides were excellant . They knew the animals and the area. They showed and told the groups alot about the rain forest. The effect of building the new canal. The effect of the old canal.Besides the animals and birds They knew a lot about the plants etc. . How the canal effect everything and everyone. The guides made sure... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I did not realize that Gatun lake is a man made lake and quite an impressive size man made lake. I disembarked the cruise for a Panama city tour, so did not see a whole lot of the lake.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The lake is beautiful but it was a boring and disappointing ride. We did not see neither birds nor animals.

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Davie, Florida
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

One of the trips i took with Rudy from Patty's Casitas. Fabulous trip with a fabulous tour guide. The pontoon boat was comfortable, the fishing equipment was excellent, the Panamanian guide knew the lake well and we caught a lot of fish. My wife had a blast!

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Mar del Plata, Argentina
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Luis is the best, in all regards, try it. We went fishing and caught Sargento stripers, hand fed monkeys, visited the Gamboa and rode the tramds, visited the orchid grden and animal yar, rode next to huge ships, had a great lunch at Gamboa, excwellent views of the canal, great time

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Barrie, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We went by boat and were able to see lots of monkeys. Try to bring some fresh fruit with you because the monkeys will even climb onto the boat for it. We also saw iguanas.

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Never mind that this is not a natural lake, it is a beautiful place. I only wish we had more time to cruise around on it. Between its connection to the canal and the Chagres river, fishing, the Indian village, wildlife, monkey island and the vast jungle backdrop, you can easily spend a fulfilling day or two out here if... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The real feel of Panama is felt when you visit Lake Gatun Lake. It is beautiful and provides a real view of the natural setting of Panama. You are out of the raging traffic of Panama City and enjoy some fishing, watch the birds, take a boat ride.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Recommend to take this educational excursion on the Gatun Lake since it gives an insight into the operations of the Panama Canal as a transit between the two oceans. The lake which is actually a reservoir after the building of the Gatun Dam allow the ships to float across the mountain ranges by bringing them up and down by locks... More 

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