Jan 07, 2018 - National Geographic Quest
Today we woke up gazing at one of the most unique nature reserve in tropical rainforest in the Americas, Barro Colorado Natural monument. The island is nearly 4,000 hectares and became one of the most studied area in the tropics in which we have amplified our understanding how tropical rainforest works.
Since 1946 Smithsonian tropical research station began conducting investigation about: mammals, soil, birds etc. and most of this work has been published in books.
We sent our guest ashore in which they hike in the island that has been receiving visitors only for the last 10 years.
Others guest took the zodiac ride in the perimeters of the island and were able to see more wildlife.
We wanted also to offer the chance to some guest to go to pipeline road at the Soberania National park and we sent off a third group to walk around one of the most visited national parks in Panama and the Rainforest discovery center that has a tower that overlooks the canopy of the rainforest.
In the afternoon we reposition the boat to the areas of Gamboa and we appreciated the daylight view of lake Gatun and the dredging division where the river Chagres meets with the lake.
Later in the evening we resume our transit to pass through Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks to drop down 85 feet from lake Gatun level into the Pacific Ocean level giving a momentary farewell to the Panama Canal until the next voyage.
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