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Monkey Island

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Address: Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: +507 390-2322
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Located in Lake Gatun, this island gets its name for the white-faced...

Located in Lake Gatun, this island gets its name for the white-faced monkeys that inhabit it.

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A fun trip if you have the time

We visited Monkey island in Lake Gatun, Panama Canal. It s a fun time even for small children and adults alike, lasting about 1 and half hours on the boat. You visit several... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Edward T
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Houston, Texas
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David, Panama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

However they do take you to a little piece of land the monkeys have been trained to come onto your boat and take food out of your hands. It is worth the trip if you don't pay too much.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All I have to say is: THERE ARE MONKEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Book a tour right now and tell your guide to take you to the market to purchase bananas. Did I say there are monkeys?! :D

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Thank SaraiMelendez
Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Riding through the river of the canal in a little boat is cool. We went by a large cargo ship. Our boat pulled into the mangroves and the monkeys came to be fed. We stopped for three different varieties.

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Thank Steve E
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great way to get up close and personal with our closest genetic relatives who will gladly board your boat (as long as you offer them a little bit of food!)

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Thanks to our tour guide Luis (please contact him if you ever in Panama - Sr. Luis - ask me for contact) that knows the locals, we got a local boat and the captain took us to the places where no tourist were before so we got the monkeys' full attention. It was spectacular and my daughter got to feed... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited Monkey island in Lake Gatun, Panama Canal. It s a fun time even for small children and adults alike, lasting about 1 and half hours on the boat. You visit several islands formed when Lake Gatun was flooded during the building of the canal, trapping monkeys and other animals on high hills, now islands. The monkeys are different... More 

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El Valle de Anton, Panama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We did the tour offered by the Gamboa resort. It was short, interesting and we definitely saw monkeys in their habitat, but the monkeys have basically been trained to come to the boat looking for food. So not like you are trekking through the jungle and find them. You don't get out of the boat. Not necessarily bad, it is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We went on a boat tour of Lake Gatun which includes very unclose and personal tours of several small islands where groups of monkeys had become isolated on islands newly formed by the construction of the dam that created Gatun Lake. The moment our boat approached the first island 6 capuchin monkeys came aboard. They were playful and friendly, happily... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This was a great trip up close and personal. Monkeys came on the boat. Our tour guide was from Missouri and super helpful. Cannot give this a better review. Feed monkeys out of your hand. Fantastic

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Traveling by boat tours, it is lucky if you see the monkeys- we had a driver who knew the cove where we were likely to see wild life and we did find three monkeys. A bit of bread tossed to them brought them into full vies.

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