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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
+507 6090-9885
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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise
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Gatun Lake Expedition
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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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Panama City, Panama
+507 6090-9885
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to be in an inland lake with SO MANY massive large ships. The views along the shores and the islands are fantastic. There are many companies offering shore excursions or boat/kayaking trips through the mangroves.

Thank mdfloyd322
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I were able to spend a lot of time on the lake with Xplora Panama Day Tours and with the keen eye of our amazing guide Alex, we saw a ton of wildlife and learned a lot about the history of the...More

Thank Naya-Joi M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entered the canal via the Caribbean side. We were on the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl. Viewed the locks and lake from or balcony. Great views. Check out the old lock houses from the big dig. 1914.

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got the chance to take a boat on to Gatun Lake and really enjoyed being able to be out on a part of the Panama Canal. Gatun Lake is an artificial lake that is a part of the Panama Canal so it's really cool...More

Thank ssy24
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent the night here mid-transit through the Canal. It's a huge lake and was completely placid but we did see crocodiles in the channel leading up to the lake from the Miraflores locks. We did go swimming but only briefly as we were close to...More

Thank JeffMcL
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I have went there for a familiarisation tour from work, and we've covered a couple of places around Panama, however it was in April 2015. The place was amazing. It was my first time ever in a rainforest country, and the views and experiences were...More

Thank kornelia00
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Lucky Panama Canal cruisers get the experience of sailing in a lake, not salt water. The lake offers slightly scenery that varies from the ocean. After the Cut, which is more interesting as you are very close to the land, the lake is not all...More

Thank Teresa H
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

As well as Miraflores, visit The Gatun Lake and their "eclusas". Wonderfull views of the canal at the sunset.

Thank Sergio Luiz R
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We really enjoyed our boat ride on Lago Gatun. We saw some iguanas up in the trees and the breeze felt great. It's a nice way to spend a couple of hours.

Thank intlwanderlust
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Bart L
Hello I am arriving with my family on August 2 to the ninth. I am interested in a fishing trip through the mangroves. Could you tell me the cost per person from the Westin Playa Bonita? Two adults + two boys 17 and 14. Interested in fishing the Panama Canal.
20 May 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
Hello, Can you tell me who you toured and fished with? The operators that I have found are VERY expensive. Thanks for your help. Robert
6 April 2017|
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Response from Blake98144 | Reviewed this property |
Jungle Panama! Great company and very. Ice people!