Exploring Costa Rica and Panama is a singular experience that combines biodiverse jungle wildlife with an in-depth crossing of the Panama Canal, a marvel of engineering. It is the perfect winter escape - dense, lush rainforest, pristine deserted beaches and monkeys galore. Hike deep into the rainforest; kayak and paddleboard along the shore; take a cool swim in a waterfall pool; snorkel over a coral reef. Opportunities abound to see creatures in their natural environs—both on land and in the sea. Expert local naturalists and photo instructors are with you every step of the way, always giving you choices and expanding your knowledge. Aboard, you can always savor panoramic views from the 50-cabin National Geographic Quest. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive chance to visit to Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Association at Playa Blanca on the Osa Peninsula, where you can meet with researchers who are critical in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native sea turtles.

  • Trip itinerary

    Day 1. San José, Costa Rica / Puerto Caldera / Embark Ship
    Day 2. Corcovado National Park
    Day 3. Golfo Dulce / Osa Peninsula
    Day 4. Golfo Dulce
    Day 5. Coiba National Park, Panama
    Day 6. Gulf of Panama Islets / Panama Canal Transit
    Day 7. Gatún Lake / Panama Canal Transit
    Day 8. Colón / Panama City, Panama / Disembark Ship

  • Trip Highlights

    • Venture 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.
    • Discover the wild rainforests of Corcovado National Park, which National Geographic dubbed "the most biologically intense place on Earth".
    • Explore idyllic islands, snorkel over a vibrant coral reef, and take a Zodiac cruise up a wild river.