Gatún Lake
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Gatún Lake
Gatún Lake

In the 17th century, the pirate Henry Morgan traveled the Chagres River to attack Panama City. In the early 20th century, the Chagres River was dammed to create the 53-kilometer-long (33-mile-long) Gatún Lake, at the time the largest manmade lake in the world. One salubrious effect of this was the establishment of wildlife pockets around the lake where crocodiles, sloths and various monkey species thrive; some of these creatures can be seen as your boat traverses the lake.

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