Gatun Lake

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Canal breakwater, 5:30am
Here hundreds and hundreds of ships wait their turn to make their way to the Pacific. The scheduling of the locks leading in to Gatun Lake is a precise science.
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See Gatun Lake with a Nature Guide
Visitors who want a change of pace from the busy city can sign up for a half-day excursion to Gatun Lake. Trips to this lake, which are made via high-speed motorboat, typically include stops at Monkey Island, so named for its principal inhabitants: capuchin and howler monkeys. The island is also a protected habitat for sloths and tropical birds, including the toucan.

Many excursions also include a stop at a second island, named Sounds of Silence, where guests can relax and enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to the capital.

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