Granito De Oro at Coiba National Park

Jan 01, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today marks a new year, and what a wonderful way to welcome it! National Geographic Quest arrived in Coiba National park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located off the Eastern Pacific Coast. We had a long cruise from the bay of Panama to this beautiful destination.

We geared up and visited Granito de Oro. Our guests had the opportunity to go ashore and snorkel in the warm waters of this islet. Here, we observed various schools of fish of different colors, sea turtles, moray eels and Pacific starfish. Guests also had the chance to go paddleboarding or kayaking around this tropical paradise.

After all the water activities, we headed back for a great lunch. Later, guests went on a hike in the main island to explore one of the best-preserved tropical rainforests. Nearly 80% of the island is Panamanian virgin rainforest.

This was an excellent way to say farewell to Panama and start the new year.  We will now make our way to Costa Rica. 

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Gabriel Ortiz


Gabriel grew up in the outskirts of Panama City and became member of the Panama Eco tourism family back in 2007.  He has led many expeditions in Central America and South America working as a naturalist.  His expertise in natural history has inspired travelers to understand and appreciate travel to the neotropics, an area he considers a gift, as one of the most productive parts of the planet with vast arrays of traits and interactions among species.

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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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