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“Must see nature tour”

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Ranked #17 of 32 things to do in Bocas Town
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

Anyone interested in learning about the wildlife of Panama should go on this short, free tour. Our guide was delightful, full of information and an enthusiasm for his home. The Smithsonian is the first institution to do research in Central America and they are known worldwide for their excellent scientific contributions. In the short 1.5 hours we were there, we saw caiman, monkeys, iguana and a variety of wonderful birds. There is also a touching pool where the kids got to touch sea urchins, sea worms and anenome. We did not need a reservation. We went on a Thursday at 3 pm.

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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Our guide, Marlon, was very knowledgeable and showed us many animals: caimans, iguanas, and aquatic birds (boat-billed heron, ringed kingfisher) around the lake. We then went near a mangrove swamp. The tour is about one hour (thursdays and fridays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm). Reservations are required but it is free. I highly recommend this tour.

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Reviewed April 30, 2014

Our hostess, Dona Lovinia, at Hotel Dos Palmas, mentioned the presence of the Smithsonian in Bocas and after a quick search on the net I found out there were free tours on Thursdays and Fridays. Our tour guide, Christian, was very knowledgeable and guided us throught the various buildings and labs explaining what the Smithsonian is doing to preserve the fauna and flora of the region, to educate the young generation in schools, to clean the beaches, etc. We were able to see birds, iguanas, not the "the oso perezoso" probably hiding in the tree, nor the alligator but we saw firsthand how the starfish get on all five after being turned over!
Lucky, the students who get a chance to study there for a while!

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is an iconic landmark in Panama. We visited Baro Colorado and Bocas del Toro. Very informative & there is a small visitors center. If you are lucky you might find a copy of the Story in the Stone written by Tom Gidwitz about Bocas del Toro.

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Reviewed March 28, 2014

I took the free tour offered at the Research Institute on Thursdays and Fridays. It was outstanding, providing many opportunities to view birds, aquatic species, iguanas, and sloths. Our tour guide, Marlon, gives fantastic tours and answers questions very well, he also explains a lot of interesting information. Over all it was AWESOME from this fourth graders perspective.

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