Barro Colorado

General Information

Application and booking forms

In order to request office, laboratory space, boat, equipment and car the users need please inform us when you fill out the research application.

Housing reservations should be made in writing and directed to the Visitor's Services Office. Cancellations should be made within 48 hrs. If you do not cancel your reservation you will be charged for your room.

Visitor's Office
Phone: (507)212-8016 or 212-8098
Fax: (507)212-8148

Barro Colorado Island

Barro Colorado Island


Payments for meals are done at the BCI Administration with credit or debit card. We accept major cards (VISA, MasterCard and CLAVE). All meals and beverages consumed in the dining room must be paid for. The food items at hand in the dining room are for residents only. All others must check in at the office before helping themselves

One day visit

Please visit our visitor's page.

Working visitors

Should make boat and meals reservations by calling the BCI office at 212-8951. Our boat leaves the STRI dock at 7:15 a.m., please make sure to be on board at least 5 minutes before departure time. Our operator has instructions not to wait or return to the dock after casting off. Link to boat/bus schedule.


Informal seminars “Bambi” on Thursdays (7:15 p.m.), reservations for dinner and late boat should be made 24 hrs in advance. Early reservations for dinner are $4.00, late reservations $6.00. Please buy your meal tickets at the cashier at Tivoli or pay the launch operator when boarding at Gamboa.

Barro Colorado Nature Monument

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Gigante Peninsula

Aside from our housing area on Barro Colorado Island (BCI). Researchers wanting to do “manipulative” field work can stay in Gigante. In this Peninsula we can host up to 12 persons. There are very modest housing conditions, but a new kitchen and bathrooms are available. Interested persons need to buy and prepare their own meals. There are solar panels that supply limited electricity. This is an area for field research.

It is a secondary forest and the installations don’t include with any equipment. Use of equipment can be organized with BCI. If you would like to work here you need to request a boat to the Scientific Coordinator. For more information see the BCI Small Boats section.