Barro Colorado Island & the Panama Canal

Dec 16, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today we had a great morning exploring one of the most studied tropical rainforest of the world, Barro Colorado Island also known as BCI, which will translated into something like Red Clay Island. The Island used to be part of main land before the construction of the Panama Canal. When the valley was flooded to create the Gatun Lake, the top of a hill became BCI, which became the biggest island in the canal.

Many scientists have conducted long-term researches in anything you can think of, from rainfall, to leaf cutter ants, bats, DNA, and whatever else comes to mind. The Smithsonian Institute has managed the island and research stations almost since day one.

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Federico Chacón


Federico Chacón, or “Fico” as he is better known by his friends, started guiding one-day nature tours on weekends and holidays at the age of 18 right at the time he started studies at the University of Costa Rica. It was just a part-time job, that was mainly his brother’s idea, but little by little it grew to become his career and his passion. 

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