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  • Address: 40km (25mi) north of Panama City
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free, costs for tours vary widely
The glistening, artificial heart of the Panama Canal, Lago Gatún covers what was once the fertile Chagres River Valley, until 1907 home to scores of small villages and wondrous rainforested tracts. When it finally filled, by 1913, it was the largest man-made lake, buttressed by the biggest dam, in the world.

Today, swathed in rainforest and scattered with islets, Lake Gatún is the most scenic spot on this famed passage between the oceans. This well-watered world surrounded with protected parkland, beautiful lodges, monkeys and rare tropical birds, as well as a fine selection of family-friendly amusements, including zip-line canopy tours and aerial trams. Boat tours can easily be arranged to include fishing, hiking and more.

Practical Info

You'll traverse the scenic 33km (20mi) shipping channel through Lake Gatún on any full transit of the canal. It's much cheaper, easier, and quicker to take a taxi or bus from Panama City, and book boats for shorter excursions here.

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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City, Panama City, null
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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

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Join an exciting half-day eco journey along the Panama Canal and experience some of Panama's secret sights and sounds. You'll hop aboard a high-speed motorboat ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $209.99
Eco Canal Cruise On Gatun Lake And Miraflores Locks, Panama City, Day Cruises
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Eco Canal Cruise On Gatun Lake And Miraflores Locks

This tour combines the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal with an ecological boat ride on the Gatun Lake. Upon departing from the pier, your specialized ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Gatun Lake Expedition, Panama City, Day Cruises
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Gatun Lake Expedition

Enjoy a panoramic tour along the world famous Panama Canal. Go to Gatun Lake, a major part of the Panama Canal, where you will see and learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.45
La Arenosa Fishing Tour at the Gatun Lake Panamá, Panama City, Day Cruises
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La Arenosa Fishing Tour at the Gatun Lake Panamá

Have the opportunity to fish at the Gatun Lake, which is the main lake that provides water to the Panamá Canal.

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $500.00

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