Daily Expedition Reports
Barro Del Colorado Island

José Calvo, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor, February 2020

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 08 Feb 2020

Barro Del Colorado Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Quest
  • Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia
Today we awoke halfway through the Panama Canal, in front an island, a manmade one, created when the United States flooded this area to create the waterway for the canal. The island is better known as “BCI” which stand for Barro Del Colorado Island, translate to Red Mud Island for its type of clay color soils. BCI is not only the largest island on the Panama Canal but is one of the most studied tropical rainforests in the world, which research going back even before the construction of the canal and it’s been managed by the Smithsonian since 1923. National Geographic Quest is one of the few ships allowed to stop here in its transit as guests visit BCI to learn about the research, explore by forest trail and shoreside excursion by Zodiac. After our morning on BCI we got a canal pilot on board National Geographic Quest to finish our cruising of the Panama Canal, one of the engineering marvels of the world.

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