Most of our journeys were with cloudy and gray skies. But don't be fooled. Use sunscreen:) or you'll get sunburn.
The monkeys in the shots were saved from deforestation going on around the country. Panama, unlike Costa Rica, hasn't done such a great job conserving their last vestiges of pristine rain forest. The US is, in part, to blame but so are the Panamanian people. Areas like Coiba Island, The Darien Gap(one of the last unexplored areas of the world), Gamboa, and few parts of Bocas Del Toro are preserved. But the drug war in the Darien Gap continues and makes this national park a dangerous place to visit. Columbians are slowly cutting their way into the park for the resources. Rare species are threatened. Poaching is involved. Sometimes a job is botched. The parent(monkey) is captured but the offspring are left to die. That's where refuge centers come into play. These monkeys were friendly but if you've never had monkey friends, be careful. They smell, they will steal your clothes, they can bite, and they can do some serious damage:) So know your monkey before you access that inner monkey in you:)
I love this crazy shot of the Capybyra, Caracara and Black Vultures.
Panama, like most places I have visited, was an eye opener. Here are some highlights from that trip last year. And that ends the Looking Back series for Panama. More tomorrow....