Barro Colorado Island & Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Jan 19, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Today in our last day onboard the National Geographic Quest we had the amazing opportunity to explore two different areas into the Panama Canal waters, one considered the most important biological station in the tropical rainforest of Panama runs by the Smithsonian Institute and the other place the Rainforest Discovery Center run by NGOs to are focus in the conservation of the buffer zone around the national park and teaching the important of the birds in the tropics.

After having breakfast, two fiber glass boat waited us to take us to the town of gamboa located almost in the middle section of the Panama Canal where a bus took us to the rainforest discovery center, was moody the road but our driver Raul had very good skills and without fear he drive true forest until we got in to this places, surrounding by a dense foliage, tall tree.

We divided the group in two and part walked trails spotting birds & mammals to lived, and the other part of the group went up to the observation tower where we spot birds like: blue dacnis, red legged honeycreeper, mealy amazon, red lored amazon, purple bellied hummingbird, and other.

The other part of the group to stay onboard explore Barro Colorado island and they walked to the different trails of the island looking for wildlife and other guest did a zodiac ride around the rainforest, we return back to the ship to enjoyed lunch and after we had pilot from the Panama Canal onboard and we finished our transit true the canal. 

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Joshua Hall


Joshua Hall was born in Panama City and raised in the highlands of the Chiriquí province.  He studied ecotourism at a university in Panama and is currently pursuing a degree in tourism business administration.  His love of nature can be attributed to a lot of time spent traveling with his mother, a nurse at the Social Security Hospital.  In 1983, a foundation called Abundant Life was created in Panama.  The foundation was made up of a group of doctors and nurses with a passion for helping those in need.  They were pioneers in going to communities in Chiriquí, sometimes hiking more than 12 miles, where they took medicine, meals, and other needed items, often opening up trails guided by the indigenous residents.  Joshua participated as a child with his mother and developed a love for nature, rainforests, mangroves, coral reefs and the indigenous communities of Panama.

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