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Cruise, Gatun Lake


In order to make the Panama Canal work, they had to flood a large valley. This lake is now called Gatun Lake, and houses a wide variety of wildlife. Much of this was viewed from a small boat. In addition to the usual birds, we even saw (and heard) a Howler Monkey. They are loud!

On the way to the lake, the bus made a quick stop so we could view a rare two toed sloth up in a tree. we watched, it climbed higher… and the branch broke and the surprised sloth was at our feet! An unusual experience.

A two toed sloth climbing a tree

A two toed sloth climbing a tree

A surprised sloth after his branch broke!

A surprised sloth after his branch broke!

Oh well, go find another tree to climb.

Oh well, go find another tree to climb.

Bananas growing in the wild

Bananas growing in the wild

Noriega's former headquarters, now a hotel

Noriega’s former headquarters, now a hotel

Small crocodile

Small crocodile

A limpkin, looks like an egret

A limpkin, looks like an egret

One of the many islands

One of the many islands

A native indian hut

A native indian hut

A sleeping howler monkey

A sleeping howler monkey

Colorful birds

Kiskadee

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