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  • Address: 40km (25mi) north of Panama City, Panama
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free, costs for tours vary widely

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Gatún Lake Tours

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
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 47 Reviews

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

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

From USD $70.00
Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center, Panama City, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 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: 6 to 7 hrs

From USD $110.00
Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour, Panama City, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

This unique tour of the Panama Canal and its watershed takes you through the modern operations of the canal and a visit to a remote indigenous village on the ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
Eco Canal Cruise On Gatún Lake And Miraflores Locks, Panama City, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Eco Canal Cruise On Gatún Lake And Miraflores Locks

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

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 $165.60
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 113 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: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama, Panama City, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Gatun Lake Expedition

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 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
Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City, Panama City, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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 $188.99
Lake Gatun Boat Tour Including Kayaking and Lunch, Panama City, Day Cruises
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Lake Gatun Boat Tour Including Kayaking and Lunch

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

This tour starts in the morning at Gamboa  park. You will navigate in the Gatun Lake together with cruises, vessels, container ships or even submarines as ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00
Fishing at the Panama Canal, Gamboa, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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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