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NewJerseyBen
New Jersey31 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
janv. 2024 • En famille
If you are in reasonable shape and you're willing to pay the (imo) sorta expensive fee ($125 per person) then the Barro Colorado official tour may be for you. Unless you're a scientist with special permission you can't just hike around, but rather you'll have to have an official Smithsonian guide. You must arrive early, before 7AM, in Gamboa where the STRI boat docks. There will be a line forming of BCI staff, about 30 people by the time the boat leaves. You will meet your guide on the boat. You hope that your guide will follow the unconventional protocol of a very brief orientation followed by starting the hike. The official tour would start you with a movie that no one in our group needed or wanted and which robs you of over an hour on the trail. Our guide (Irisol - she is excellent) got us started before 8:30 which gives you a much longer tour and which allows the early part of the tour to be in cooler air. She then did the presentation and movie after lunch (which is included, provided by the BCI cafeteria) which is a second benefit - you aren't sitting around for hours waiting for the boat to return to Gamboa. The hike is exertional and quite sweaty. There are multiple ascents but anyone that does occasional hiking and is in reasonable condition can do it. We saw a few birds, including parrots, several turkeys, woodpeckers, and a lot of trees whose names we were given. We saw no sloths, marmosets, coatis, capuchins, or even agoutis, but the howlers hung around above us for about 25 minutes and were a delight. We also saw scientists in the bush collecting insect specimens. Our hike was in January and we did follow the recommendations that they made for clothing, footwear and repellant but in the end there were very few bugs.
Écrit le 18 février 2024
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NYCtravellerxxx
New York8 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
janv. 2019 • En couple
Great all-day trip to view wildlife and Smithsonian research facility. Boat leaves exactly on time at 715am, so be sure to be on time. We went with a group of ten. Need to book in advance. Facility may be affected by govt shutdown if it extends through March.
Écrit le 21 janvier 2019
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Ken M
Oaxaca, Mexique62 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
sept. 2018 • En famille
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 a really good hot lunch then a viewing of a Smithsonian documentary. The pace was great. We had our tour arranged by Ancon Expeditions and can’t say enough good about Rich Cahill , who helped our family and our 88-year old dad make this trip. (He didn’t complete the entire hike but a third of it)
Écrit le 29 septembre 2018
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scris91
Barcelone, Espagne28 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
août 2018 • Entre amis
Una experiencia fantástica. Smithsonian lo tienen muy bien organizado. Nuestra guia, la investigadora Lvisa fue increíble. Gracias a ella vimos mucho más de lo que esperábamos y sus explicaciones fueron muy interesantes y amenas. Muy profesional. Se notaba le gusta su trabajo y le apasiona la naturaleza. Un 10!!! Gracias Lvisa por compartir tus conocimientos.
Écrit le 14 août 2018
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jaswindells
Londres, UK10 contributions
2,0 sur 5 bulles
févr. 2018 • En couple
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 were not able to do anything and sat round for nearly 2 hours waiting for the boat back to Gamboa. None of the other activities promised were available and we were very disappointed that we couldn't watch the film giving an overview of the work o the STRI. This could easily have been organised with a bit of forward planning. Not even an apology! It was a disappointing and expensive experience.
Écrit le 22 février 2018
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Jomo_OpenMind
Seattle, Etat de Washington59 contributions
1,0 sur 5 bulles
févr. 2018 • En solo
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 all they can from the ppl that are actually interested and concerned about the well being / threat to our ecosystems?

It’s a visit that should not cost more than 25$ per person.

Avoid and spend your money eslewhere. Or best, write an email and tweet the STRI to ask for a just pricing.

I used to recommend STRI barro colorado, now I feel that I have to warn ppl it’s really a waste of money.
Écrit le 12 février 2018
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maria k
Amsterdam, Pays-Bas68 contributions
2,0 sur 5 bulles
nov. 2017 • En couple
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 chances to see any animals) and coffee/tea/water, a banana and a simple lunch 100$ per person. The rest of the time on the Island (about 7,5 hours we were kept busy with films, seeing the labs and buildings of historic value. Really bad spending of time.
This is outrageous for what this trip offers. We hardly saw any animals (one type of monkeys, some frogs and a very limited number of birds), which of course can not be "ordered" but we saw the day thereafter on the Pipeline road (for free) multiple mammals, birds and other species.
Écrit le 22 novembre 2017
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Susan K
Palm Harbor, Floride4 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
juin 2017 • En couple
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 big highlight and the lunch served was outstanding. Meeting students from all over the world was a big bonus.

If traveling from Panama City to Gamboa boat launch, we highly recommend contracting with an Uber driver ahead of time. Cost will vary between $60-$80 R/T.

Sue & Jerry
Écrit le 4 juillet 2017
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intlwanderlust
Europe899 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
mars 2017 • En couple
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 ones, as the island is very hilly and steep. We climbed a lot of stairs and did about 5 miles of walking and no one complained.
You get to eat with the scientists at lunch in the canteen, which was also interesting.
Would have been nice to see a bit more of the island but I understand the limitations.
Écrit le 5 mai 2017
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Teresa R
New York, État de New York229 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
mars 2017 • Entre amis
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 they made us extra food when we told them we were vegetarians). There's also plenty of water to fill up your bottles, and coffee and bananas in the morning. (It's also great to be supporting the research going on here.)
The hike through the forest yields a wonderful amount of animal, insect, and bird sightings, and the guide finds so many things that an untrained eye would miss. It's hot, of course, but the canopy provides cooling shade from the sun, and there's actually a refreshing breeze when you get to the higher elevations. The hike proceeds at a pretty leisurely pace, although it's a bit steep at times, but I'd say anyone in reasonably good shape (and comfortable hiking shoes) will have no problem. Also, make sure to bring plenty of water and bug spray.
Unfortunately you have to book ahead, but if possible I'd recommend going on an unpopular day: Although we went on a Tuesday, our group was still 10, which was really too many for the trail, since those at the back of the group couldn't hear the guide well and missed some fast-moving animals. Also, this family that was on our tour really shouldn't have been there: The one kid kept pushing in front of everyone to get pictures on the animals--don't get me wrong, I'm glad she was interested in science, but it could be a little frustrating--and the other kid was really out of shape and couldn't keep up. Because he was tired the whole group had to turn back early, and didn't get to do a second trail in the morning, which was super annoying--instead we had to sit around the visitor center for ages until lunch. The family was also wearing super bright neon pink, blue, and orange shirts, which scares away animals (we saw so many more birds when they sat out the afternoon hike).
Obviously it's not the Smithsonian's fault that they were on the tour, but they really should enforce the dress code and emphasize that people have to be in reasonable shape (and have a contingency plan if someone can't make it, rather than making the whole group suffer).
Moreover, the Smithsonian has to go by the boat schedule, which I understand, but that means there's also a little too much downtime. They had us watch this show (which I actually saw at home before on the Smithsonian channel) for 45 minutes--while it was great to be sitting in the AC in the heat of the day, it seemed like wasted time, as was the fact that we got to the dock nearly a half hour early, and just sat on the boat for 20 minutes waiting for it to leave.
All in all I would definitely recommend it, as we saw a lot of animals and learned a lot. I just wish the time was better managed and we hadn't been held back by people who shouldn't have been there.
Écrit le 31 mars 2017
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