45 of us went on a fishing excursion for about 4 hrs and we caught so many fish we could not believe it. The family that works there cleans them and puts them into baggies for you.
Great fishing. Excellent nature sighting opportunities. Breathtaking tropical views. Unparalleled, up close ship watching while zooming around in the Canal! Swim at your own risk, big gators are not rare.
We anchored overnight on Gatun in the Lindblad Nat Geog Sea Lion as we went through the Canal. Visiting the Smithsonian Institute Research Centre was a peak experience. With an excellent guide we walked a trail through the forest, saw agoutis, several types of bat, and learned about the Indigenous culture. There are Ocelots, Jaguars and Pumas but perhaps as... More
We went out on a boat cruise around a few islands. We saw 3 kinds of monkeys, vultures, kits and ducks. This is not anything as good as going on jungle boat cruises in Costa Rica or in the Amazon. You just don't see much wildlife. Don't expect too see lizards or crocs.
Gatun lake connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Panama Canal. I was surprised by the number of fisherman along the lakeshore and the pleasure boats on the lake. I never did see any water skiers. Perhaps it was because of the crocodiles that rested on the lakeshore.
Gatun Lake is great for peacock fishing. Great number of fish can be caught here in a single day weighing an average of 5-10 pounds. The guide will clean the fish for you to cook during your stay in Panama or simply give the fish to the locals. Some locals are also trying to develop the land near the lake... More
excellent get away location food was great, bar was well stocked friendly staff excellent English. rooms were huge cool shower water was hot. must visit monkey islands, the orchid farm and butterfly research facility pool was clean and available
Enjoyed the journey through Gatun Lake from the Culebra Cut to the Gatun Locks. Scenic throughout and passing other boats transiting the canal in the opposite direction. The blue waters made a pleasant change from the muddy canal.
Gatun Lake is the second largest man-made lake in the world (it was the largest until Lake Mead was created). It functions as part of the Panama Canal. We were on Gatun Lake twice, once in a motor boat to Monkey Island and once in a larger boat to get to the Lock and the Pacific Ocean. This was part... More
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