Barro Colorado Islands and the Panama Canal

Jan 13, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

In our first full day of expeditions, we have the unique opportunity to visit Barro Colorado Island and the Panama Canal. This island is under the administration of the Smithsonian Research Institute and probably is one the most researched pieces of tropical rainforest in the world. We started our day with several choices of walks on this island, that gave us the best chances to see wildlife. We saw several monkeys such as white face capuchin monkeys, mantled howler monkeys and geoffroys tamarins. We also enjoyed the beautiful hummingbirds such as white necked jacobins.

Later in the afternoon, we enjoy the breathtaking sunset while cruising through the Gatun Lake on our way to the southern section of the Panama Canal, in where we saw Culebra Cut and finally arrive to our last segment of our transit doing the lockage of Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks.

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About the Author

Deibys Fonseca


Deibys Fonseca was born and raised in the mountains of western Panama. From a very young age, his interest in nature led him to become a volunteer guide for La Amistad International Park in the administrative headquarters of Chiriqui. His knowledge in geography and flora and fauna led him to participate in multiple wildlife research projects in his community, among which highlight a population census of bats, birds and plants developed by ANCON.

About the Photographer

Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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