The tour starts very early in the morning bound for Gamboa’s dock, about 35 minutes away from Panama City. Then, embark a boat in Gatún Lake for approximately 45 minutes until reaching Barro Colorado Island. It is a biological reserve, that works as a biological research center on tropical ecosystems, since 1923 and it has been administrated by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute since 1946.
When you reach the island, you will meet the reserve’s guide and you will take a 2-hour walk (around 2 kilometers) through trails going through the tropical forest formed by big focuses, palm trees and ceiba trees, a habitat of 122 species of mammals, among them, there are seventy-two species of bats, five species of monkeys, guinea pigs, tapirs, coatis, sloths and peccaries. The visit includes the entrance to the Visitor Center where the natural history of Barro Colorado is explained and there is a two-option vegetarian buffet lunch at the coffee shop.
DURATION: Approximately 8 hours.
TIME: Departure between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and return between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
GUIDE: Spanish/English speaker guide of the park.
INCLUSIVE: Transfer service from/to the hotel, entrances to the park and to the Visitor Center and lunch. Takeaway breakfast upon prior request.
NOTES: it is a collective visit along with other visitors, from different countries. Limited places. It is recommended to book it in advance and bring your passport. It is not offered on Mondays, Thursdays and some holidays.