7 Night Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

From San Jose to Panama City

National Geographic Quest

Lindblad Expeditions
4 Stars
  • Cruise #: 6264916
  • Departs: Tue, Jan 28, 2025
  • Returns: Tue, Feb 4, 2025
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    Itinerary Summary

    Day by Day Details

    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Tuesday - Jan 28, 2025
    San Jose, Costa Rica
    • San Jose, Costa Rica
    • Bus Travel

    Cruise Segment of Itinerary

    Day 1 - Tuesday - Jan 28, 2025
    Cruise Begins
    • Cruise Begins
    • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    After arrival in San Jose this afternoon, we transfer to the Pacific Coast town of Puerto Caldera. This evening, we embark our ship National Geographic Quest and set sail south on our Central American adventure.
    Wednesday - Jan 29, 2025
    Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
    • Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
    Anchor off the Osa Peninsula to see some of the most pristine lowland rainforest on the Pacific coast. In the environs of Corcovado National Park, swim in waterfall pools or trek through the rainforest for a chance to see four species of monkeys-howler, spider, squirrel, and capuchin.
    Thursday - Jan 30, 2025
    Playa Blanca, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
    • Playa Blanca, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
    Enter the mangrove-fringed Golfo Dulce along the southwestern edge of Costa Rica as our nimble expedition ship takes us into the remote upper reaches of this placid bay. Go ashore on the western side of the bay, in the pristine waters of Playa Blanca, on the Osa Peninsula. Head inland to meet and share with inspiring local families living in remote communities and working with cocoa, heart of palm, and sugar cane. Hike mature rainforest or kayak in peaceful waters in Golfo Dulce, the only tropical fiord in the continent. By special arrangement, visit the Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Association on the Osa Peninsula and assist researchers with data collection and hear presentations by the staff at LAST including a talk by the dedicated researchers, working so hard to positively impact sea turtle conservation. In the evening, enjoy drinks ashore and a beautiful sunset. ...
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    Friday - Jan 31, 2025
    • Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
    As our Golfo Dulce exploration continues by Zodiac, paddleboard, and kayak, we encounter Pacific Costa Rica's dazzling avifauna as we watch for golden-hooded and Cherrie's tanagers, yellow-throated toucans, fiery-billed aracaris and crimson-fronted and orange-chinned parakeets, constantly chattering in flight above the jungle treeline. The flora is a kaleidoscope of tropical color with bromeliads, heliconias, and orchids set against the verdant green of the tropical forest. ...
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    Saturday - Feb 1, 2025
    Isla de Coiba, Panama
    • Isla de Coiba, Panama
    The first stop in Panama this morning is at the remote Isla Coiba, one of the many islands of Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once a penal colony, the island has long been protected and accessible by special permit only. Among its many endemic species are the Coiba Island agouti and the mantled howler monkey, as well as four varieties of sea turtle. Discover rich marine life while snorkeling, go kayaking or hiking, try stand-up paddleboarding, or simply relax on the beach. ...
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    Sunday - Feb 2, 2025
    Cruising the Gulf of Panama, Panama
    • Cruising the Gulf of Panama, Panama
    • Cruising the Panama Canal, Panama
    Today, explore the tiny islets of the Gulf of Panama by Zodiac or kayak. Here we might spot frigatebirds, brown pelicans, neotropic cormorants, and brown boobies. Set sail for the Panama Canal this afternoon. Stretching more than 50 miles, the canal was a colossal engineering feat completed in 1914. It is still traversed by some 14,000 ships every year. As cargo ships tend to pass through the canal during the day, we'll most likely begin our crossing at night, when the canal is dramatically lit. ...
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    Monday - Feb 3, 2025
    Cruising the Panama Canal, Panama
    • Cruising the Panama Canal, Panama
    Today, choose hikes and Zodiac cruises at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute facility on Barro Colorado Island, or take a boat ride to the mouth of the Chagres River and hike on the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center trails. This evening, continue through the complex lock system of the canal. By special arrangement, National Geographic Quest will anchor in Gatun Lake near the Barro Colorado Nature Monument overnight. ...
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    Tuesday - Feb 4, 2025
    Colon, Panama
    • Colon, Panama
    • Cruise Ends

    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Day 8 - Tuesday - Feb 4, 2025
    • Bus Travel
    • Panama City, Panama
    After breakfast, disembark in Colon and transfer to the airport in Panama City for your flight home.

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