Bona and Iguana Island

Jan 14, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

Our morning began with a successful Zodiac cruise around Bona Island. This island is a protected area and one of the most consequential nesting sites for seabirds in this area. Magnificent frigatebirds, boobies and pelicans compete to survive in the island. The rocky formation with an incredible diversity of plants is so attractive to explore. During the dry season, several trees blooms making the contrast of color unique.

Later in the day we visit Iguana Island, located next to the Azuero Peninsula. Some of us hiked through a short trail that took us to a nice remote beach. Some spiny-tailed iguanas performed for us their territorial display by bobbing their heads. After the hike, we took a dip on the beach. Nice coral reefs, colorful fish and turtles were the cherry on top of the cake. What a great way to end another day of exploration.

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José Pérez


José Pérez was born in Panama City and grew up in the province of Coclé in the small town of El Valle de Anton, a picturesque village located in the caldera of the world's second largest volcano. From a young age he felt a deep affinity for nature, joining his grandfather and father for long walks to their farm where they would identify plants, insects, and animals.

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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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