January 9 – 16,  2025

Aboard The National Geographic Quest

Featuring faculty from peer institutions:
Tufts and National Trust for Historic Preservation

(CAU Select Tours are amazing opportunities featuring peer faculty. They do not feature Cornell faculty.)

To reserve your space, contact CAU partner, Lindblad Expeditions
Phone: 833-985-1261 |  Email: groups@expeditions.com

(Please identify yourself as affiliated with CAU/Cornell.)

 

Your trip

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    Rainforests, wildlife, iconic canal

    Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica and transit the Panama Canal aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Quest. See the intricate locks of the Panama Canal up close—no binoculars needed! Enjoy special access to Corcovado National Park, which National Geographic dubbed “the most biologically intense place on Earth,”and visit with inspiring families living in remote communities on the Osa Peninsula.

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    Macaws, monkeys, and butterflies

    The region is home to iconic wildlife—brilliant macaws, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, and vibrantly colored butterflies.

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    The fun you want in an incredibly beautiful place

    If you choose, explore a jungle shoreline by kayak or stand-up paddle board, snorkel a vibrant undersea garden, and cruise along mangroves aboard our Zodiac.

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    The iconic Panama Canal

    Connecting the Pacific to the Atlantic, this waterway has been a key conduit for international maritime trade since it was completed in 1914. Travel with us as we go by expedition ship for a unique 2-day transit through the intricate locks of the Canal, a marvel of engineering in constant use for nearly 100 years. Plus learn more on an exclusive stop at the Smithsonian Research Institute.

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    Take a cool swim in a waterfall pool

    Venture into remote wilderness: hike among monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds, and explore far from any inhabited places, maybe even take a cool swim in a waterfall pool.

  • Sustainability in action

    Lindblad Expeditions was founded with the mission of improving the relationship between human beings and the planet. Today Lindblad is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through responsible exploration experiences and green business operations; investing in the communities and cultures in the places it explores, and supporting important science and education efforts by offering its ships as a platform for research and learning.

     

     

Your day-to-day experience

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    Day 1 San José, Costa Rica / Puerto Caldera / Embark Ship

    After arrival in San José this afternoon, we transfer to the Pacific Coast town of Puerto Caldera. This evening, embark The National Geographic Quest and set sail south on your Central American adventure.

    Meals Included: Dinner

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    Day 2: Corcovado National Park

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 3: Golfo Dulce / Osa Peninsula

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 4: Golfo Dulce

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 5: Coiba National Park, 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, or simply spend the afternoon exploring or relaxing on the beach.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6: Gulf of Panama Islets / Panama Canal Transit

    Today, explore the tiny islets of the Gulf of Panama by Zodiac or kayak. Here we might spot frigatebirds, brown pelicans, neotropical 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Day 7: Gatún Lake / Panama Canal Transit

    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 Gatún Lake near the Barro Colorado Nature Monument overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8: Colón / Panama City, Panama / Disembark Ship

    After breakfast, disembark in Colón and transfer to the airport in Panama City for your flight home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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  • Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

    January 9 - 16, 2025
    To reserve your space, contact CAU partner, Lindblad Expeditions
    Phone: 833-985-1261 |  Email: groups@expeditions.com
    (Please identify yourself as a member of the CAU/Cornell group!)

     

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