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Gatun Lake

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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.
Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We booked a tour that included a boat trip on Gatun Lake. You get real close to the huge tankers and ships that cross the canal. You get to see how gigantic they are and see the canal up close.We booked through Barefoot Panama and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank damg
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Gatun Lake is a beautiful peaceful lake surrounded by the rainforest and some wildlife. It’s amazing to understand how the Lake was formed as a result of the Chagres River being damned during the Panama Canal construction. We cruised different channels and bays of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wddixon57
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a huge artificial lake which was created in the early 1900’s and was the world’s largest man-made lake at the time. Today it’s a very busy waterway which all boats sail across when sailing between the Miraflores & Pedro Miguel locks (Pacific Ocean...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Brissy2
Reviewed 1 week ago

The creation of the Panama Canal included damming the Chagres River to create Gatun Lake. The lake is huge and contains most of the passage you think of as the Panama Canal. Our ship traveled up three locks a total pf 85 feet to reach...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a tour of Gatun Lake via a small open aired boat after crossing the lake in a cruise ship. It was great to see the lake from a different vantage point. We saw a sloth, monkeys, many beautiful species of birds, and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic lake to supply the Panama Canal with water so the canal can operate. Millions of gallons of water are supplied for every lock change!!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s very calm and relaxing as you see small communities on the sides of the lake. There was no wildlife to see, just a relaxing calm lake.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Louise M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked the 1 hour tour through the Gamboa raiforest resort. The boat was filled to capacity so the people sitting in the middle of the boat did not get to see everything clearly. Unfortunately for us we didn't get to see much wild life during...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank PierreL49
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the highlights of our trip, We took this as a side-trip from the Gamboa Rainforest hotel. We saw loads of wild life. One howler monkey put on quite a show....plus birds, other monkeys and even a boa trying to eat a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NormaS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As part of the canal system it has an interesting history and function. Keep an eye out for the large crocodiles.

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 9, 2017|
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Response from rob f | Property representative |
The ride will be bumpy depending on three factors, type of boat (unless its a pontoon boat as Dennis at Arenosa has it will doubtless be a flat low "Jonboat"), speed (can be controlled) and waves -which are a function... More
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May 19, 2017|
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Response from Blake98144 | Reviewed this property |
You are staying in a real inconvenient area that is out of the way and hard to get to...many travel/tour companies may not even offer a pick up if they do it may be an extra charge....the traffic across he bridge takes hours... More
April 5, 2017|
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Response from Blake98144 | Reviewed this property |
Jungle Panama! Great company and very. Ice people!