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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.
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 3 days ago

參加Barefoot Panama一天團來Lake Gatun, Monkey Island and Indian Village,很特別,我們的小艇在運河上,附近就是超大的貨船和郵輪!然後去一些小島找猴子,雖然是放生的猴子,但我反對餵牠們!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank klfung2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

a boat ride on the lake was part of our tour. Watched ships staging for the locks and got a real good feel for the size of them!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lucy1951
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been boating all of my life so I was not impressed with this large man made lake. Being so near to the equator I expected to see abundant wildlife and was disappointed. We did see a few monkeys and hear the howler monkeys...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Flipper029
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting man-made lake as part of Panama Canal linking two oceans of different elevation. Lake itself is large and deep enough to handle large ships.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank OleD1111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

About a dozen crowded on to a small boat that cruised the islands near Gamboa. We were treated to sights of Capuchin and Tamarind monkeys and say several iguanas and a small croc/caiman.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rnathan
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We counted about 8 different species of animals on our tour of this lake and the surrounding area and we were able to fish. Our boat caught Oscars and small Peacock Bass.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Stephen R
Reviewed February 8, 2019

The lake was no big deal; however, we traveled on it to go to the Embera Village, to Monkey Island, and at the end of our partial canal transit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Happywintertraveller
Reviewed February 3, 2019

Lake Gastun is unremarkable except for one simple fact: It sits atop the Panama Canal! Created by damming the Chagris River, Lake Gatun connects the Pacific side of the Panama Canal with the Atlantic side. In addition, the water from the lake is what is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank IN_Travelers47906
Reviewed January 18, 2019

Saw this lake on our canal cruise. Pretty windy but nice weather. Lots of small islands. Lots of interesting ships passing by - going the other way or waiting for their turn in the locks.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed January 15, 2019

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
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MB25Houston
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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Bart L
May 19, 2017|
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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
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sargass0
April 5, 2017|
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Jungle Panama! Great company and very. Ice people!
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