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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 4 July 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 5 May 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 31 March 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

2  Thank Quesboc1
Reviewed 22 November 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 5 May 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 21 January 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

Thank Razz2016
Reviewed 3 January 2016

We are a family of two fifty something parents and three twenty something youth. One of the youth is employed as a naturalist in the US. We all really liked this trip - learning a lot about the history of preservation and study in the...More

Reviewed 5 September 2015

We were hoping to be able to visit BCI, but all weekends are booked through the end of the year. Luckily, there was room on Friday, so we confirmed at the last minute. We booked directly through the Smithsonian website and took their tour, which...More

6  Thank illini2000_LA
Reviewed 24 March 2015

It is important to book this trip in advance. We booked bright and early on a Monday morning, hoping to go on the Tuesday - the site says this is possible...and we did not get the confirmation email, signaling you were accepted. Thankfully we had...More

6  Thank mokinator10
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Tour of the Island was very interesting and our guide there was quite enthusiastic. We had lunch there and learned a lot about the plant and animal life on the island.

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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