Jan 13, 2019 - National Geographic Quest
Today we visited the island of Barro Colorado. The island serves as a research station in the middle of the lush rainforest, surrounded by the fresh waters of the Gatun Lake. Our guests were excited to go ashore and explore the nature trails where wildlife awaits being spotted. The tropical rainforest is the home of many animals such as the howler and spider monkeys, agoutis and gaudy birds. BCI is a unique place where scientists from all over the world conduct different studies focusing on ecology, animal biomass, biodiversity studies and soil samples.
After a very pleasant hike, our guests returned to the vessel, eager to pass the Panama Canal. This work of modern engineering was built in 1914 and is definitely a highlight of the trip. We share the waterway locks with other ships almost the same size as us.
During the afternoon, latin dances were conducted on the sundeck. Guests got the chance to share a real cultural experience while they enjoyed tropical salsa music accompanied by a delicious fresh ceviche and a cocktail.
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