Visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on a rainforest island in the Panama Canal.
|PICK UP||At your hotel in Panama City at the appropriate time.|
|WHAT TO WEAR||
Comfortable athletic shoes and light leisure clothing, jacket, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. A hat and sunglasses are recommended. Hiking shoes are highly recommended during the rainy season.
The adventure begins at 6:30 AM with a car ride through the tropical rainforest towards the small town of Gamboa where a boat will be waiting for us. We will cruise along the Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal to the Barro Colorado Natural Monument (BCNM), administered by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. You will discover the splendor of the tropical rainforest in Barro Colorado, the largest forested island in the Panama Canal waterway. You will learn about research in progress and the rich natural history of the BCNM.
After a welcoming and introduction about natural history by your guide, you will go on a 2-3 hour group walk along the trail on Barro Colorado Island. The walk ends at the Visitor Center, where you will find an exhibition about BCNM. After the Visitors Center you will head to the cafeteria to have lunch. This is a cafeteria-style lunch with a variety of dishes, including a vegetarian section. Most trails are about 2 km long and include steep sections and stairs. The trails are not appropriate for people who suffer from heart and respiratory conditions, knee injuries, or are in generally poor health. Also, if you are traveling from a non-tropical country, please note that tropical weather (high humidity and heat) can stress your body. We recommend bringing water. The forest hike takes around 2-3 hours.
Note: For further information, contact us! This program can be tailor-made for your needs and interests.