Walk in the clouds, cross the canal, and explore the rainforest
Explore the wild coastal rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama by expedition ship, sail through the fascinating Panama Canal, and venture inland to walk the suspended tree canopy bridges and explore the Monteverde cloud forest reserve. This land-and-sea expedition includes all the same experiences as our eight-day Costa Rica and Panama Canal itinerary—the lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and coastal wildlife—and also heads inland to explore the soothing aura of Monteverde’s cloud forest over three more days. Land on remote beaches by Zodiac to see monkeys, toucans, macaws, and snoozing sloths; transit the canal by expedition ship; and discover the unique inland ecosystem where cool mist feeds a vibrant rainforest.
Kayak, hike, swim, and snorkel; actively explore these idyllic islands and hidden waterways, getting the same enriching experience offered on our eight-day Costa Rica and Panama expedition
Plus, explore Costa Rica’s rugged interior among the mist-shrouded wild forests of Monteverde
Sail into remote wilderness; hike among monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds; and explore far from any inhabited places
Transit the Panama Canal over two days to see it by day and in the coolness of night—plus an exclusive stop at the Smithsonian Research Institute
Explore idyllic islands; snorkel over a vibrant coral reef and take a Zodiac along jungle shores teeming with birds
The Pacific coasts of Panama and Costa Rica are among the world’s most beautiful and diverse. Combine all this wildness with a transit of the legendary Panama Canal—aboard National Geographic Quest. Plus, venture to Monteverde for a walk in the cloud forest. You’ll hike, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, snorkel, and Zodiac cruise. Make the expedition as active or as relaxing as you choose. The day-by-day itinerary outlines what you’ll do, but we will always remain flexible in our approach to take advantage of sightings and opportunities for discovery.
Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.
BRINGING THE KIDS
We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.
Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare.
$450 AIR CREDIT OR EXTENSION ON SELECT DATES
Book Monteverde + Costa Rica & Panama and receive a $450 air credit. Or choose to take 50% off a 3-day Panama City pre or post voyage extension. Offer not available on holiday departures. New bookings only and not combinable with other offers. Call for details.
TRAVELING AS A GROUP
Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.
Extend your stay in Panama City and have a private tour at the Panama Canal Museum at the Miraflores Locks, as well as a former U.S. Army base, Frank Gehry’s BioMuseo, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the historic Casco Viejo Old Town and the natural beauty and wildlife of the San Lorenzo Protected Area.
Choose to join us in 2022 and enjoy 50% off this extension or fly free from Miami to Panama City/San Jose—or vice versa—your choice. Visit our Special Offers page or call for details.
National Geographic Quest ’s first stop of the year in Panamanian waters was Coiba Island, the largest island along the Pacific Coast of the Americas. A former penal colony and a protected national park since 1992, Coiba is a haven for endemic species of birds, mammals and plants due to its isolation from the mainland for over 10,000 years. Located 38 nautical miles from the nearest continental shore, Coiba Island and its more than 30 islets serve as the backbone of this marine reserve. The reserve covers over 1,000 square miles of tropical diversity unique to this part of the world. Our expedition started with one group exploring the main station on the north side of the island, while another group headed to the pristine Coco Islet to deep dive its underwater realm. While underwater, fish and coral immediately took the spotlight. Sergeant major and spottail grunt help us understand the formation of the Isthmus of Panama, which separated the sister species found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Barberfish demonstrate how symbiotic relationships can quickly change from a fun mutualism to an intriguing parasitism. Moorish idols and parrotfishes made appearances. Guineafowl pufferfish, spot-fin porcupinefish and whitecheek surgeonfish all showcased their weaponry, including modified scalpel-like scales and deadly toxins. All of these sightings were a great introduction to the biggest fish in the water, the whitetip and blacktip reef sharks. We also saw Carey sea turtles and green sea turtles. Today proved itself a successful snorkeling session to start the year. Back on the mainland, birds like the mangrove warbler and the American oystercatcher checked us out with curiosity. Common black hawks appeared more interested in their next meal. Finally, the striking lance-tailed manakin with its distinctive red cap waved goodbye as we started the long haul to our next destination, the Panama Canal.