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Gatun Lake

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Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: +507 6090-9885
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After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms the...

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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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise
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US$105.00*
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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center
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Eco Canal Cruise On Gatún Lake And Miraflores Locks

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great tour

Try to find the tour that takes you by small boat to a houseboat anchored in Gatun Lake. You get to pass large ships in the lake working their way through the Panama Canal which... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Try to find the tour that takes you by small boat to a houseboat anchored in Gatun Lake. You get to pass large ships in the lake working their way through the Panama Canal which is exciting to see up close. Once on the houseboat, you are served a buffet lunch. The houseboat also has many animals onboard from snakes,... More 

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David, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't think anyone can see all of Gatun Lake. I have been on it and driven near it from several vantage points. I have even seen the operation where they harvested tress covered by the lake when they dammed it back around 1910... There is a lot of history here, and wildlife.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely place to see the canal from, full of sea birds and nature. This Lake leads to Monkey Island, so you can visit and see a really nice look at Panama's flora and fauna.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hired a six person pontoon boat for fishing. Great guide service with everything supplied (bait, water, rods and reels, etc.) You are expected to tip the guide. Usually about $20.00 per person. Caught some nice bass but the lake was low. Once you catch the fish you are taken to a shoreline restaurant where they clean and prepare the fish... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got to see SO many cool things in such a short time, even got to walk across the Mira Flores locks which not many people get to do, the new locks weren’t super busy as they’ve only been open since June. Our tour guide was VERY knowledgeable about many things. He was very passionate and I would recommend this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful area to see not only do yiu see the manmade lake you are also passing by the massive ahips going theoigh the canal. Best on a tour. Suggest you book one in advance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taking a cruise on the lake is the best way to see the large ships up-close. There are also several islands in the lake that are home to monkeys, some of which will board your boat!

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Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a hard one to rate. Understand I am rating a day trip excursion to Monkey Island in Gatun Lake from a cruise ship stop just after the first locks. The only way to get off the ship here was to do use a cruise ship tour. We took the one that included monkey island. We had to tender... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have had the privilege of fishing on Gatun lake twice in the past 5 years. The lake is excellent and diverse. The fish are challenging and fun to catch. I really enjoyed being on different areas of the lake on each trip and look forward to seeing more in the future.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the Lake with a Local boat at the Gamboa Rainforest. He took us to see the monkeys and we got to feed them and even touch them! IT was the best adventure on our trip. My daughter was extremely happy.

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