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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