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“Get off the grid & feel a little less touristy! Good Time!” 5 of 5 stars
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Lake Gatun, Panama Canal, Gamboa, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Gamboa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Panama City, Panama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Get off the grid & feel a little less touristy! Good Time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We are from the US and just moved to Panama City for business. We are looking to explore the area, and we want to feel a little less like a tourist and also find places to send guests. We were all set to go resort all inclusive, with the hour long tours when we found Jungle Land Panama! Kick back, laid back, hours of being on & in the water, up close to monkeys, birds, crocodiles, snake,fish and who knows what else!? Transportation from our apartment in the city was prompt & courteous, took us right to the dock where Captain Carl & crew met us and the other guests. Our ride included history,giant vessels,feeding monkeys, crocodiles, birds and more. Then we arrived at the houseboat and had a delicious lunch cooked to order...help yourself to beer, wine, rum, soft drinks etc...Next was kayaking! Two different directions to two different waterfalls and swimming holes...back to the houseboat to meet Boo and her friends! We opted for the overnight, and we loved the boat ride so much we took the ride to the dock & back...we went fishing! Our guide was great,..and we caught a few little bass, just enough to relax and again see turtles, birds & more baby crocks! Back for a cooked to order dinner and story telling with the Captain. We were offered a night boat tour, but declined. Soon after a few rums and tales, we went to our private room & bath for a solid nights sleep listening to the sounds of the rain forest!! In the morning, hot coffee & a fabulous hot breakfast, omelets, pancakes and more fruit that makes Panama famous! Back to the dock and we were returned to our apartment! Totally recommend!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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junglelandpanama, Owner at Jungle Land Panama Floating Lodge, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
How many people these days while on vacation truely disconnect. We are always checking our e-mails and responding to them. Here at Jungle Land you have no choice but to relax. Dont worry, if there is a serious emergency we have a tall tree nearby.
Our great escape is not just for tourist traveling far, but also for the residents of Panama.
Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon.

All the best!

Captain Carl
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We went here hoping for a fun way to see the Panama canal and maybe to see a few monkeys and we left with amazing memories. We arrived at the airport and were picked up by the informative and sweet driver from the airport. When we arrived to Jungle Land we were happily surprised with the great food, flowing rum, amazing scenery and fun company. We were all adults and were there for an one night. I don't want to ruin all of the fun surprises of the wonderful Captain Carl but if you're looking for a fun overnight adventure, stay here! Friends or couples will have a good time. You also get to see the jungle and animals in a fun way while seeing the canal as well without taking a jumbo cruise tour. The prices for the food, stay and experience is worth it. This is perfect for a group of friends!! Go with no expectations and let yourself be constantly surprised by the beauty and adventure that is here, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Byron, Michigan
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

this was an incredible experience, I would highly recommend it to anyone even if you do the day trip!! the food was amazing, the crew are very entertaining and knowledgeable. you get good food,drinks,history and entertainment all in 1 stop!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minnesota
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56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We were picked up at the Gamboa dock at exactly 9:30am just as promised. We were transported on Captain Carl's boat through the canal and out to a floating houseboat where we could choose between kayaking to a waterfall or fishing. We had a lunch that was very good and some free time to relax on the boat or swim off of the lodge. We then explored the canal and saw great wild life. Carl then returned the day visitors back to Gamboa and five of us stayed for the night. We had a nice dinner and did some night exploring in the jungle river. The next morning we had a good breakfast and were returned to the Gamboa dock by 9:30am sharp. We enjoyed all of these activities and the experience of a night in the jungle on a floating lodge. This is a boat so the accommodations are very minimalist but the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was fine. That is all just part of the adventure.

Room Tip: We stayed in a top room and we had a private bath.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This was our second trip to Panama. We have stayed in Casco Viejo, Contradora, and Playa Bonita. However, we never imagined a stay deep in the jungle with all the tropical animals at our fingertips! We were a family of five which included a set of Grandparents, myself & my husband, and our 12-year old daughter. The dock was less than an hour from Panama & Captain Carl arranged for round trip door to dock transportation which was extremely convenient. We planned an overnight stay & were so thrilled we'd made this decision as several people opted for the day trip, but we heard them mention they wished they had stayed overnight! Captain Carl was a wonderful host/tour guide. Sometimes a bit gruff, but it truly just added to the charm. This was a GREAT family adventure. Although kid friendly, the boat isn't really set up for REALLY little ones so you want to keep your eye on them if they are small (i.e. under about 6+/-) as it is multi-level & wide open gates right off the boat...fun to jump from into the lake!

My husband had a BALL on a private fishing trip with one of the guides for Peacock Bass. They will take you morning or evening or you can just hop in a canoe or kayak & go off by yourself if you wish! Always something to see or do, but plenty of relaxation time too. I expected something much more "rustic" but found the entire boat fascinating, well maintained, and much more than anticipated.

My daughter fell in love with the boat animals (toucan, night monkey, & parrot) and couldn't believe it when she was able to feed 2 other types of monkeys right from the boat...they hop right aboard! A crocodile search topped it all off that evening & all were impressed with Adam who was a true "Cayman Wrangler".

I can't wait to visit once again & we will be bringing several of our friends along next time!

Room Tip: * If at all possible, get the top floor suite with the private bathroom & deck with Hammock. Ho...
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Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Moose Jaw, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Thank goodness friends had recommended Jungle Land. It is truly an unique experience, and the highlight of my Panama holiday. Capt. Carl was very informative about the canal ( and still learning more as he takes pictures and googles) and Lake Gatun. We saw lots, kayaked, fished, swam, went on a night safari, fed and held some of Capt. carl's pets. The meals were great, my compliments to the cooks. Sitting on the top deck at night listening to all the jungle sounds was relaxing and a great place to visit with friends. Thanks again for everything Captain Carl.

Room Tip: Recommend you book one of the rooms with a private washroom and balcony.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City, Panama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Captain Carl promises you will "live the canal" when you book a stay on his houseboat hotel (the only one in Panama) on Lake Gatun. He isn't kidding. The Panama Canal is his driveway (and his guided boat trip out to the houseboat is full of canal info). The houseboat is moored in a secluded branch of the lake with toucans, tamarinds, monkeys and caymans as your only neighbors. Carl is a gracious and talented host. The rooms on the houseboat are basic in design but spacious and comfortable with good mattresses, plenty of breezes and breathtaking views. The composting toilets work perfectly. All activities are included in overnigh rates (kayaking, hiking, fishing, hammocking) and every excursion was fun and well planned. Food and drinks are included for overnight guests as well and the atmosphere is festive and relaxing. I can highly recommend a night or two living the canal with Captain Carl.

Room Tip: worth splurging for one of the two "suites" with private patios with a hammock and chairs...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lake Gatun, Panama Canal, Gamboa, Panama
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Location: Panama > Colon Province > Gamboa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Gamboa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our floating lodge is the most unique all inclusive in Panama. A stay with us includes all meals, beverages, touring, and activities on the lake. Activities include swimming, fishing, kayaking, and hiking, .. or you can just relax in the hammock lounge. The lodge is anchored in a secluded cove of lake Gatun of the Panama Canal. We are surrounded on all sides by a tropical forest teaming with exotic birds, plants, and animals. Huge ocean going ships transit the canal not far away. Come live a true adventure in the cross roads of the world. ... more   less 

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