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Barro Colorado Island

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This 607-acre island, accessible by boat from the town of Gamboa, is a perfect spot to study the lowland moist tropical forest.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our trip was excellent. We saw 2 kinds of monkeys, a crocodile, toucans and many other animals on a day hike led by a kind knowledgeable and patient guide (Luisa) A 20 minute boat ride, coffee and bananas, then the hike, which was followed by...More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed February 22, 2018

Other travellers had expressed rather negative views about their visits to the Research Station but we went anyway. Our guide took us on an interesting and informative walk in the forests and we spoke to a few researchers about their projectst. But after lunch we...More

Thank jaswindells
Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

I visited for the second time, 1st time was in May 2011, this time around I was invited. When i learned how much they charge to visit now: 100$ PER PERSON!!! This is outrageous. Is it because they lack funding? Or they try to squeeze...More

Thank Jere_O_comptoir
Reviewed November 22, 2017

The Smithsonian Institute charged for the boat trip from Gamboa dock to the Barro Colorado Island (about half an hour each way), a jungle trip with an experienced guide of less than 2 hours (relatively easy tracks and during a very limited time reducing the...More

1  Thank maria k
Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

Without the help of Jenniffer at The Smithsonian at Barro Colorado we never would have made this trip. Our guide, Olga, was a world-class naturalist and educated us on the importance of biodiversity and how it relates to the world. The boat ride was a...More

2  Thank Susan K
Reviewed May 5, 2017

The trip starts and ends with a nice boat ride, which we enjoyed. Our guide studies ants at the Smithsonian and was quite interesting to listen to. Our group had about 10 people in it and I was impressed with them all, especially the older...More

1  Thank intlwanderlust
Reviewed March 31, 2017

Visiting the Smithsonian center on Barro Colorado was a great day trip from Panama City. The $80 included ferry transportation to and from the island, a very knowledgeable, English-speaking guide for the day, and lunch at the Smithsonian cafeteria, which was actually really delicious (and...More

3  Thank Quesboc1
Reviewed November 22, 2016

We were greeted by toucans and soon after that we saw a variety of mammals, fish, insects, plants and many more birds (and bats)! This island has a very interesting history and plays an enormously important role in preserving and understanding biodiversity. Ian was our...More

1  Thank Alison M
Reviewed May 5, 2016

Before booking you should be aware that you will be walking along jungle trails for a few hours in high temperatures (34c whilst we were there), high humidity and at times steep sections. We visited during a particularly long dry spell so the ground was...More

1  Thank GBGinaC
Reviewed January 21, 2016

Our tour was on a Saturday morning, when arrival at the dock is supposed to be 7:30 am to catch the 8:00 am boat. Unfortunately there were hundreds of bicyclists taking up an entire lane for miles of the taxi ride, which delayed our arrival...More

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Response from GBGinaC | Reviewed this property |
You won't feel isolated. There are scientists and staff on the island and carrying out their work around the island. You'll have a guide throughout, right from the dock on the mainland. The guide has a radio to communicate... More