Gatun Lake, Panama City

4.5
#1 of 96 in Parks in Panama
Charter a boat and observe huge cargo ships heading for the Panama Canal at Gatun Lake, a massive man-made lake, and the largest of its kind when it was constructed in the early 20th century. You’ll get to meet lots of confident capuchins and tamarins, who are accustomed to humans and can be fed by hand. Keep an eye out for elusive crocodiles, who lurk in the lake's waters. Consider bringing a picnic along, as sometimes the food served on the boat isn’t enough to get you though the day. A visit to Gatun Lake represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Panama City trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • there is a sense of serenity here, I mistook it for the Atlantic Ocean because of its vastness and the number of ships in the lake  more »
  • Gatun Lake is man-made and it holds the many millions of rain water, thanks to a series of dams, that permits the operation of the Panama Canal. Each ship displaces millions of water and all of it com...  more »
  • ...when you are out on Gatun Lake, surrounded by jungle, monkeys, and freighters the size of small islands moving at 10 knots. I left the hotel at 6am, and was in a small boat by 630, gliding under hu...  more »

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