I just returned from an amazing photography expedition in Panama and Costa Rica where I served as the Photography Expert for National Geographic on board the small ship, the National Geographic Sea Lion.
Our journey started in Panama City where we spent a morning strolling through Caso Viejo before paying a visit to the Biomuseo, a museum designed by Frank Gehry and dedicated to Panama’s biodiversity.
We transferred to Colón, located on Panama’s Atlantic Coast, where we boarded the ship and started our transit through the Panama Canal.
Our first land stop was at Barro Colorado, an island in the man-made Lake Gatun, located in the middle of the canal.
The island is the site of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute which is dedicated to studying tropical forest ecosystems. It is here where we saw Tent-making bats, birds like the Rufous motmot as well as Mantled howler monkeys.
After we passed through the third and final lock, we headed up the Pacific Coast of Panama and Costa Rica, stopping at beautiful parks where we swam, hiked and enjoyed the tropical beauty of the area.