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Barro Colorado Island

Barro Colorado Island


Barro Colorado Island is part of the Barro Colorado Nature Monument, a research station and nature reserve founded in 1923 and administered by the Smithsonian Institution since 1946. The ~1500 hectare island and the five surrounding mainland peninsulas added to the reserve by the Carter-Torrijos Canal Treaties in 1979 comprise the primary lowland tropical forest site in Panama under study by staff, visiting scientists and students at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Since it is mainly a research station with modern laboratory facilities, only a limited number of tourists and students may tour the island with a Smithsonian guide during the day. As you tour the island through thick jungle, you may see spider-, howler-, white-faced and tamarin monkeys, anteaters, rodents, tropical birds, exotic plants and flowers, and you will ocassionally encounter scientists from around the world doing their research. There is an inventory of 1369 plant species, 93 mammal species (including bats), 366 avian species (including migratory) and 90 species of amphibians and reptiles.

The only way to get there is by taking an early morning, beautiful boat ride from a small port at about 38 km from Panama City in Gamboa.   All visits are  to arranged with STRI. The best way to arrange one is with a Panamanian eco-tour operators. Be sure you that are being taken to Barro Colorado ISLAND, not to one of the other islands within the natural reserve.



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