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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“man made lake” (42 reviews)
“peacock bass” (49 reviews)
“beautiful lake” (24 reviews)
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Panama City, Panama
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+507 6090-9885
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"man made lake"
in 42 reviews
"peacock bass"
in 49 reviews
"beautiful lake"
in 24 reviews
"great fishing"
in 12 reviews
"pontoon boat"
in 9 reviews
"howler monkeys"
in 27 reviews
"small boat"
in 25 reviews
"gamboa rainforest resort"
in 18 reviews
"white faced monkeys"
in 7 reviews
"fishing trip"
in 11 reviews
"large ships"
in 18 reviews
"container ships"
in 12 reviews
"ships waiting"
in 9 reviews
"monkey island tour"
in 9 reviews
"flora and fauna"
in 10 reviews
"atlantic side"
in 7 reviews
"private tour"
in 8 reviews
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

We went to Gatun Lake to Fish for 6 hours, but we also were able to see toucans, monkeys, iguanas, etc. It is nice to be able to see all these animals in their natural habitat.

Thank claragil2004
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

We had a boat ride that was customized for us a group of 5 people, we had a chance to see Gatun Lake early in the morning, once on the water we visited an island that where we saw capuchin monkeys, tamarins monkeys and howler...More

Thank tourists4ever
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

We had a tour of the lake as part of our tour of Colon on a recent cruise stop. We boarded our tour boat and spent about an hour slowly cruising the lake looking for wildlife. We saw howler monkeys, sloths, and birds. It was...More

Thank teniseetraveler
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

Went peacock bass fishing. Had an off day according to the tour operator and only caught 7, but was a lot of fun. Went out of Arenos, about 1.5 hours from Panama City, supposed to be the best spot for peacock bass. Paid about $300...More

Thank H2O_log
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Reviewed 5 January 2016

Travelled on Panama canal in 10-15 person "speedboat" next to big container ships. Then visited "monkey island" with English speaking and funny tour guides. Saw Howlers , capuchin and another monkey type that was friendly and ate tiny pieces of bananas from tourists on boat...More

Thank Harris C
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Reviewed 5 January 2016

We were taken to Gatun Lake for our Jungle adventures and it was beautiful. There were small islands with exotic wildlife. A very diverse group of birds and monkeys.

Thank Jasmin C
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

500 meeters from the canal starts this nature experience. Some monkeys, some birds. Not bad but not exciting either. The tour prices are a rip off

Thank Harald W
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Reviewed 2 January 2016

Gatun Lake is an enormous man-made lake that acts as "parking lot" for the ships waiting for clearance to enter the Panama Canal. There are barges, oil/coal tankers, container ships, cruise ships waiting in the lake. As ships pass through the actual canal from the...More

1  Thank carole1311
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Reviewed 1 January 2016

There are many ways to enjoy Gatun Lake and many services that are provided. Take the opportunity to experience this feature so close to the city.

Thank TimR4444
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Reviewed 29 December 2015

It is hard to believe that this is a man made lake created 100 years ago. Since then over 1 million ships have passed through it from Caribbean to Pacific. The views of the surrounding countryside are wonderful and if you are lucky you will...More

Thank Pat W
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MB25Houston
10 November 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
20 May 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
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sargass0
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Response from Blake98144 | Reviewed this property |
Jungle Panama! Great company and very. Ice people!
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