Barro Colorado Nature Monument and Gatun Locks Passage

Dec 08, 2017 - National Geographic Quest

This morning we woke up in front of majestic views of the tropical rainforest at Barro Colorado Island. This was the largest hill flooded by the making of Lake Gatun. Its lush rainforest and diversity of plants and mammals has driven researchers worldwide to conduct tropical research here.

Later today we culminated an amazing week aboard National Geographic Quest by crossing through the last portion of the Panama Canal. We also saw the Neo Panamax ship using the new expanded locks project that has been operating since June 26th 2016.

Want to experience the crossing firsthand? Join us on our Costa Rica & Panama itinerary.

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Gabriel Ortiz


Gabriel grew up in the outskirts of Panama City and became member of the Panama Eco tourism family back in 2007.  He has led many expeditions in Central America and South America working as a naturalist.  His expertise in natural history has inspired travelers to understand and appreciate travel to the neotropics, an area he considers a gift, as one of the most productive parts of the planet with vast arrays of traits and interactions among species.

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David Pickar

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David Pickar is a native of Portland, Oregon. He studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, then spent several years working as a field archaeologist. Participating in excavations in countries like Jordan, Belize and Italy and in every corner of the US, allowed him to witness culture and the environment from an unusual perspective.

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