Coiba National Park

Dec 26, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


It’s amazing to believe how fast the days run onboard National Geographic Quest. It feels like yesterday that our guests embarked, and here we are, already in the middle of the week.

Today, we had the opportunity to stop at the beautiful Coiba National Park. Many years ago this area was considered the worst place to stay because it housed a prison. During the first expeditions in the park, guests were provided security by policemen. But since then it has become one of the very best places to visit, a piece of heaven on earth. 

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About the Author

Joshua Hall

Naturalist

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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