Costa Rica & the Panama Canal

Travel with us as we go by expedition ship for a unique 2-day Canal transit and rare opportunities to explore deep in the jungle.

Jan. 16 - 23, 2022 
From $6,620 per person
Cruise with Lindblad Expeditions 

San José, Puerto Caldera, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Golfo Dulce, Coiba National Park, Gulf of Panama Islets/Panama Canal Transit, Gatún Lake, Colón 

2022 Brochure

A land of contrasts: the renowned natural beauty of Costa Rica and the tropical wildness of Panama; the stark concrete of the Panama Canal, a marvel of engineering in constant use for nearly 100 years. Travel with us as we go by expedition ship for a unique 2-day Canal transit and rare opportunities to explore deep in the jungle. We’ll cruise aboard one of the newest 100-guest ships in Lindblad Expeditions’ fleet, the National Geographic Quest. We’ll journey through the intricate locks of the Panama Canal for an up-close view, plus enjoy special access to Corcovado National Park, and visit with inspiring families living in remote communities on the Osa Peninsula. And if you choose, ride horseback through the rain forest or explore a jungle shoreline by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Snorkel a vibrant undersea garden, and cruise along mangroves aboard our Zodiac. The region is home to iconic wildlife—brilliant macaws, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, and vibrantly colored butterflies. Throughout our journey, our superb expedition team will put everything in context and weave an ongoing narrative from each day’s events. You’ll also travel with a Lindblad certified photo instructor at your side and at your service—ensuring you’ll go home with fantastic photos.

Note about this amazingly clean ship:

SELF-DISINFECTING FLEET Lindblad Expeditions recently became the first self-disinfecting fleet in the cruise industry with the rollout of the ACT Premium Purity™ system. This is a photocatalytic process that works when illuminated, breaking down unwanted microbes such as bacteria, viruses, mold, and airborne allergens. It can be applied to all surfaces, which become self-disinfecting after application. Planned for well over a year and designed to drastically cut down on any number of germ-related transmissions, it resulted in great success during the testing phase. The National Geographic Explorer’s Hotel team found that this system:Reduces guest-reported illness by 50 percent

  • Eliminates exposure to toxins for our cleaning staff, and potential allergens for our guests
  • Reduces water usage by approximately 1.1 million gallons per year (fleet-wide)
  • Removes 1,000 single-use plastic bottles from the cleaning process annually (fleet-wide)

We have chosen Lindblad Expeditions—100% carbon neutral, and single-use plastic free—because they care deeply about the planet, and see travel as a powerful  force for good. Visit this site to learn more about their commitment to sustainability.


Day 1: U.S./San José, Costa Rica/Puerto Caldera/Embark
Day 2: Corcovado National Park
Day 3: 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/Disembark/Panama City/U.S.


    • 7 nights aboard the National Geographic Quest


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