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“Feat of Engineering...”
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Gatun Lake
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Gatun Lake Expedition
Ranked #7 of 174 things to do in Panama City
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Owner description: After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms the central part of the Panama Canal.
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Feat of Engineering...”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Early morning start as we were travelling through the canal from 5.30am and passed Centennial Bridge at 4.30pm. Breathtaking.

Visited October 2012
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Dewey, Arizona
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“Must See - Gatun Lake”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Take the Gamboa Rain Forest trip. You will go through mangroves, monkey island where there are Howler and Capuchin Monkeys, iguanas, hawk, and crocodile.

Visited October 2012
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Kansas City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A trip highlight”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed a few nights at the Gamboa Rain Resort. Gamboa tours arranged a small bout tour of the Monkey islands in Lake Gatun. We were among large ships making the canal transient. The boat operator and the guide were knowlegeable and friendly. It was one of my favorite experiences while in Panama. We also toured the Miraflores Locks and visitor center. My wife was reading the David McCullough book on the Canal which made it all come to life.

Visited October 2012
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“partial transit”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Gatun lake is the partial cruise through the Panama Canal stop before the ship does a turnaround. At this point you can be tendered to shore for other Panama excursions.
Very interesting.

Visited October 2012
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Atlanta
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“We swam in the Panama Canal! Local, personal tour with Jose.”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We grabbed a taxi at our hotel and told him to take us to Gamboa ($45 each way), about an hour outside of Panama City. First he took us to the resort. Most of the activities in the resort needed a day's advanced notice. The one boat tour was $45 per person for a one-hour tour. The tour agent at the hotel said that the tour no longer visited monkey island. So we asked our taxi driver to take us to the muelle publico (public docks). There we found Jose, a young man with a boat. For $100, Jose offered a 2-hour tour. We accepted.
IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY!
First he took us to the store to stock up on beer, ice, and chips. Then we had a 2-hour private tour: a monkey jumped on our boat to eat peanuts; we swam for 20 minutes in the canal; and we drove right up next to the massive cargo ships. Jose was really knowledgeable about the canal, its widening, and the local flora.

It was exactly what we wanted: personal, intimate, and local. During our trip we saw the hotel boat tours: they looked crowded and boring.
So I recommend going to the muelle publico in Gamboa and asking the guys at the docks. If Jose is there, go with him.

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