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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #5 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
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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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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

If you are a Fisherman [or Fisherwomen] have your hotel set-up a trip with a guide to Gatun, and alert the kitchen that you will be bringing back fish for dinner -- you wiil be.

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Barbados
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Although not as fancy as the Miraflores Visitors Centre, its view is spectacular. Well worth the visit. You can get a close up view of the ships going through the canal

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Massillon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Lake Gatun is a man made miracle of the building of the Panama Canal. Much history is in the building of the lake.The adventure through the rainforest, along with the spotting of monkeys, sloths, and various birds along with other wildlife is quite an adventure.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A great tour, you get to see the lake and the boats going into the canal right before you see alligators and monkeys going around and about. A bit expensive though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went on this lake twice for different tours. It was great place to see all types of wildlife. It's incredible to think this lake is man made!

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The Lake itself is just a lake. But if you can take a tour of the rainforest by Gamboa, and the boat tour along the southern lake area to the islands with Tamarin, Howler and Capuchin monkeys, it's a fun place. And lots of monkeys came out - the guide was giving them mango.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We used Ancon Expeditions to do the eco boat tour. The cost was 110.00 per person for the four hour tour. A driver picks you up at your hotel and drives along the Panama Canal passing two of the three locks. Our guide, Ivan Hoyes, provided us with the history of the canal and pointed out several things along the... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

the Carribean side or Atlnctic side leading into Lake gatun is due to be completed this year, marking the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.

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Martell
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This lake separates by 50 miles the two sets of locks... one on the Pacific side and the other on the Atlantic side....able to see large ships up close

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The tour on Gatun Lake with Rudy was memorable..we saw Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, crocodiles and beautiful butterflies....The highlight was having a monkey come down and beg for bananas and then run all around the boat.

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