Gatun Lake, Panama City

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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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  • Short drive from Panama City. Locals provide fishing guide service, primitive but dependable and safe. Lots of wildlife seen. Very informal restaurants located at the marina will cook your catch. Limi...  more »
  • After a good night's sleep in the hotel, get up early and make your way to the boats anchored on the banks of the Gatun Lake. The lake is a large artificial lake, part of the famous Panama Canal. Befo...  more »
  • During our tour of Panama with Caravan Tours, we took and open water cruise on Gatun Lake, the artificial lake which forms part of the Panama Canal. Despite a short rain shower, we enjoyed the opportu...  more »
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  • If you have the opportunity, stop here during your transit of the Panama Canal. The islets were once the tops of local mountains before the Chagras was dammed. Now they are lush with wildlife. The scenery is spectacular. There is the added bonus of watching the huge ships pass through the canal.
  • Great escape from city in nature. Pretty rural drive. Local fishing tour.
  • Gatun lake is a great experience if you want to enjoy a combination of the canal history and see the huge ships navigating next to you when you are on the speed boat for fishing or on a monkey island tour, you will enjoy the flora and fauna around and you will be able to say "I navigated the Panama canal "
  • Just a stretch of water in the Panama Canal, but the locks are fascinating.
  • Fishing in this place is amazing if you have your boat. It's a nice part of the Panamenian landscape. Crocodiles are present all the time so it's not good for swimming
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