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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
+507 6090-9885
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“man made lake” (36 reviews)
“peacock bass” (46 reviews)
“monkey island” (53 reviews)
Panama City, Panama
+507 6090-9885
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If planning on seeing the Gatun Lake and some of the ecological items such as wildlife, this tour is a must. It's awesome to see how this lake was created. You won't see any locks but, that's a different tour all in together. We rented...More

Thank Ruddiger77
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best seen by kayak, this man-made lake feels like anything but. Iguanas, toucans, and 3 species of monkey seen, as well as many other bird species. A nature lovers' paradise!

Thank SSmithNL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Passed through the lake in transit of the Panama Canal. The ship provided a narrator during the transit who was very knowledgable and informative and stayed on board the entire day. The canal is an amazing achievement of human engineering.

Thank Kathy5253
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took a Gatun Lake Monkey Island boat tour and had a fabulous time. Saw numerous monkeys-Howlers, Capuchin, and Tamarinds. Two even came onto our boat.

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love nature and boating, take a little trip out to Gatun Lake. I took a tour that Gamboa Rainforest Resort offers. You will leave the resort and the boat will take you right into the canal where huge ships in transit will pass...More

Thank Kim C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did this as part of a private tour. We cruised along the Chagres River into Gatun Lake and it was lovely. My only issue, as I don't like boats, was that the boat driver thought it would be funny to go into the wakes...More

Thank Lynda L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting to be in an inland lake with SO MANY massive large ships. The views along the shores and the islands are fantastic. There are many companies offering shore excursions or boat/kayaking trips through the mangroves.

Thank mdfloyd322
Reviewed 6 June 2017

My boyfriend and I were able to spend a lot of time on the lake with Xplora Panama Day Tours and with the keen eye of our amazing guide Alex, we saw a ton of wildlife and learned a lot about the history of the...More

Thank Naya-Joi M
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Entered the canal via the Caribbean side. We were on the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl. Viewed the locks and lake from or balcony. Great views. Check out the old lock houses from the big dig. 1914.

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 29 May 2017

I got the chance to take a boat on to Gatun Lake and really enjoyed being able to be out on a part of the Panama Canal. Gatun Lake is an artificial lake that is a part of the Panama Canal so it's really cool...More

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Response from bradrobenolt | Reviewed this property |
watch out for gators. the fishing is good there, even bank fishing. I know of no tours that book that, but I used a lot of Uber and hooked up with a few enterprising drivers who worked on their own an was able to book some... More
5 April 2017|
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Response from Blake98144 | Reviewed this property |
Jungle Panama! Great company and very. Ice people!