Barro Colorado Island is located in the middle of the Panama Canal. After completion of the Canal, the island was formed by damming of the Chagres River. Then, in 1923, the pristine area was declared a Nature Reserve. Now, it is managed as a biological reserve by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. At least 1,300 plant species, more than 280 bird species, and no less than 100 species of mammals are known to be there.
The trip starts early in the morning. We depart Panama City and travel to Gamboa, where we board boat and navigate Gatun Lake to Barro Colorado Island. Once there, we visit the Smithsonian office before following the trail through this virgin ecological environment with all its unique flora and fauna. This trip is a highly-recommended experience.
Kind of tour: Private or Shared
Duration: 8-9 hours approximately
Meeting point/time: 5:45 a.m. at your hotel on Weekdays and 6:45 a.m. on Weekends.
Finish point: The same as start point or indicated
Transportation: Vehicle / boat
What is included: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, bilingual tour guide, lunch, donation to Smithsonian Institute
What to bring: T-shirt or light long-sleeved shirt, (please dress in forest colors to blend in) log pants, hat, socks walking shoes, sun-block, binoculars, camera.
Note: Eat a good breakfast (you can bring something along to eat in the boat). Bring a bottle of water and a rain jacket (recommended between April and December)