Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Panama Canal to the Costa Rican Highlands: A Central American Odyssey

Exhilarating coastal adventures and an extensive, thrilling inland exploration

Experience all the wildness and beauty of Costa Rica and Panama on a sweeping adventure through the Panama Canal, along the coasts, and inland to a mist-shrouded cloud forest, volcano, lake, and a jungle village. First explore aboard the versatile National Geographic Quest. You’ll walk in the rainforest, kayak along pristine coastlines, search scarlet macaws and monkeys, and transit the Panama Canal—a modern wonder of the world. Snorkel at Isla Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage site with some of the best reefs in the Eastern Pacific. Then venture inland to dramatic Monteverde cloud forest to experience this rugged, mist-shrouded ecosystem. Cross Lake Arenal by boat, then explore the smouldering Arenal Volcano. Plus, discover the Caribbean coast in remote Tortuguero National Park. With a rustic lodge at the water's edge as your base, wander the narrow streets of the car-free village and venture into its narrow, wildlife-rich canals.

  • Explore the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Costa Rica, inland rainforests, and mountains and see wonderful wildlife

  • Transit the Panama Canal over two days, with an exclusive visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at Barro Colorado Island

  • Hike through the mist-shrouded cloud forest reserve in Monteverde with great bird watching

  • Walk suspension bridges in the dense forest surrounding Arenal Volcano and relax in nearby hot springs

  • Visit the remote, car-less town of Tortuguero and venture through rainforest-shrouded canals in small boats

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Duration

15 Days

Price

From $11,620 per person
(does not include flight)

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Kayak, snorkel, swim, hike—actively explore every day on a holistic expedition that includes a vast array of wild experiences. Combine all this wildness with a transit of the legendary Panama Canal—aboard National Geographic Quest. Make the expedition as active or as relaxing as you choose. The day-to-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.

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Embark

Panama City, Panama

Disembark

San Jose, Costa Rica

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