Visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on a rainforest island in the Panama Canal.
|PICK UP||At your hotel in Panama City at 6:00 a.m.|
|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.
Your adventure begins with any early morning transfer through the tropical rain forest 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. BCNM consists of 5,600 hectares (13,837 acres) of land located in the heart of the Panama Canal. It was established in 1923 and has been administered by the Smithsonian since 1946. Today we will be visiting Barro Colorado Island (BCI) that makes up 1,560 hectares, it is the largest forested island in the Canal waterway. BCI is Smithsonian’s primary site for the study of lowland moist tropical forests. While visiting the Island you may come across one of the many scientists carrying out research in this amazing outdoor laboratory!
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 2-3hour group walk along the trail on Barro Colorado Island. 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 walk ends at the Visitor Center, where you will find an exhibition about BCNM. Lunch will be on site, cafeteria style.
Note: This tour is operated everyday except Mondays and Thursdays. Please note this is a shared tour.