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  • Address: 40km (25mi) north of Panama City, Panama
  • 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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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise, Panama City, null
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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

In this tour that departs from central Panama City you will get up close and personal with the Panama Canal and the abundance of wildlife on its shores.  You ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Eco Canal Cruise On Gatún Lake And Miraflores Locks, Panama City, Day Cruises
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Eco Canal Cruise On Gatún Lake And Miraflores Locks

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

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

From USD $175.00
Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center, Panama City, Day Cruises
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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

In this tour you will travel the Panama Canal by boat and see transiting ships up close as well as the diverse wildlife on the shores of Gatun Lake.  ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour, Panama City, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 240 Reviews

This unique tour of the Panama Canal goes from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean as you see the canal from the water and by foot. An exciting boat ride down ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama City, Full-day Tours
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Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City

Small group tour of Lake Gatun and Soberania National Park, searching for wildlife and visiting an indigenous village. This is a great combo of 2 popular ...  Read more

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

From USD $145.00
Gatun Lake Expedition, Gamboa, Day Trips
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Gatun Lake Expedition

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 54 Reviews

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
Chagres River Kayak Expedition From Panama City, Panama City, Day Cruises
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Chagres River Kayak Expedition From Panama City

The Panama Canal is much more than a canal to transit vessels. To establish the waterway, the Gatun Lake was created in 1913 by building a dam at the ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City, Panama City, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 190 Reviews

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
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
Fishing at the Panama Canal, Gamboa, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing at the Panama Canal

World-class fishing on the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake just 45 minutes outside Panama City.

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.00

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