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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” (37 reviews)
“peacock bass” (47 reviews)
“monkey island” (53 reviews)
Panama City, Panama
+507 6090-9885
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a lake tour on a rented boat and really enjoyed our day. You can't get in the lake anymore due to crocodiles, but we were able to see a lot of wildlife (3 kinds of monkeys, a great variety of birds, several crocodiles,...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

rain forest for sure. Beautiful sights and back waters along the canal. One second you are in the canal beside a massive ocean ship and the next looking at monkeys in the trees as you boat down a side stream. Worth the adventure.

Thank mikemurray2009
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Gatun lake is a key to the successful idea of passage in between of two great oceans. Plenty of fresh water, used by passing vessels to fresh out water tanks.

Reviewed 23 July 2017

Lake Gatun is immersed in Panamanian history, beautiful to look at the sunsets, peaceful to canoe, great fishing, abundant fishing especially for delicious Peacock Bass

Thank TheRevs02
Reviewed 13 July 2017 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

2  Thank Ruddiger77
Reviewed 10 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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 30 June 2017

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 28 June 2017

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 22 June 2017

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
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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!