Bona Island and the Panama Canal

Feb 01, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


Today we finally arrived to the Gulf of Panama, This gulf is characterized by having powerful northeastern trade winds crossing the isthmus and hitting the surface of the wáter. This causes an upwell, and this effect promotes an abundance of fish and therefore some of the islands of the gulf are used as nesting sites for thousands of seabirds. Bona is part of a group of three islands where we can observe the nesting behavior of pelicans, brown boobies, blue footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds

After visiting this island, it was time for the most awaited moment of the week, the crossing of the first set of locks of the Panama Canal. We first docked at the entrance of the canal and after welcoming a Panama Canal pilot onboard, we started our journey through one of the the most famous engineering wonders of the world. 

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Max Vindas

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Known for his passion for nature and dedication to conservation and ecotourism, Max Vindas has been guiding natural history trips in Costa Rica since 1993. On his first trip to the rainforest at age eight, Max realized his love for the outdoors and wildlife observation. Since then, he spends as much time as he can in the forest, sharing his knowledge with visitors to his country.

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Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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