Barro Colorado Island and the Panama Canal

Mar 28, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


Today we visited the world famous Barro Colorado Island, located in the manmade lake of Gatun, Panama. This truly is considered a living laboratory for tropical rainforest research, and a lot of our knowledge about neotropical forest dynamics stems from this site. Our guest had the choice between two vantages of jungle, being either the coast-side cruise by Zodiac or by walking the trails along the forest grounds.

Later finding ourselves outside the Gatun Locks, we completed our transit through the Panama Canal, putting us right back at sea level and facing an open Caribbean.

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Carlos Calvo Obando

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Carlos is a freelance wildlife photographer and photography instructor from Costa Rica. Passionate about travel and education, he also works as a certified naturalist guide on the beaches, jungles, and mountains of that beautiful tropical paradise. With 20 years of experience leading groups and making images and portraits of Costa Rican creatures and landscapes, he loves to share his knowledge and tricks with enthusiasm, simplicity, and a good sense of humor.

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