Posted April 4th, 2008, 08:35 AM
Last edited by Richard in Panama; April 4th, 2008 at 08:38 AM
Hi Bucky! The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute [STRI
] is an institution in Panama having been here since 1923. Debbie is right they have a small, rather meager, display at Punto Cuelebra (the name should not scare you off!) which is on one of the little islands that were joined together with earth from digging the Canal to form Amador Peninsula. There's a map
on the STRI site and it is a nice and doable walk from the Amador pier for most folks. Debbie is also correct about the Mi Ranchito restaurant which has a beautiful view of the city.
The bigger STRI facility is at Barro Colorado which you pass on full Canal transits. It is possible to visit, but is an all day process requiring advance reservations, and means leaving the STRI dock at 7AM and returning at 4PM, so it just isn't possible for most cruise passengers. Scientists come from all over the world to do research on Barro Colorado. Check out the STRI Web site - it's very interesting! [Thanks Bucky! Good idea . . . I'll have to write something about our visit to STRI on my blog.]
May Day . . . as in most of the world outside the US, it is our "Labor Day." I'm sure there will be some token demonstrations, but for most people its a family holiday . . . and the last until November. [Yes! Some uninterrupted work time!]