Barro Colorado and Gatun Locks

Jan 05, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Our last day of our expedition began with a slight rain in the middle of the Panama Canal. We had spent the night close to Gatun Locks and a Pilot of the Panama Canal came very early to reposition our vessel next to Barro Colorado Island.

Barro Colorado use to be a hill before the creation of Gatun Lake. With the damming of the Chagres River, Gatun River and Ciri Grande River, the valley of the Chagres River began to get flooded, creating the Lake. The animals that lived in this area migrated to the highest peak called Palenquilla Hill. Being surrounded later by water the animals that couldn’t swim long distance stayed in this new Island. The Scientist of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute were granted to do research in it since 1924.

Today, our guests had the opportunity to visit this Island in the morning and in the afternoon, we completed our northbound transit of the Panama Canal by going through the last set of locks, Gatun Locks.

What a great way to finish our seven-day expedition of the Wild side of Costa Rica and Panama!

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About the Author

Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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