Explore Costa Rica's natural wonders and cruise the mighty locks and waterways of the Panama Canal during a day-time transit, plus meet with scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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 Ships moving through a lock in the Panama Canal. Credit: Hemis/Alamy  Metal Mark butterfly  The scarlet macaw. Credit: Harvey Abernathey  Squirrel Monkey  Exotic Poison Dart Frog  Coati found in Panama  One of the many locks of the Panama Canal  STRI scientist at work in lab  Flora found in Panama  The delightful beaches of the San Blas Islands  Traditional <i>mola</i> art work of the San Blas Islands Credit: Danita Delimont/Alamy  Display of traditional <i>molas</i> on the San Blas Islands Credit: Hemis/Alamy

A Cruise of Panama and Costa Rica

Featuring a Transit of the Panama Canal

9 days from $4,995

Explore Costa Rica's natural wonders and cruise the mighty locks and waterways of the Panama Canal during a day-time transit, plus meet with scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

or Call 855-330-1542

Feb 9 - 17, 2018 Departure
Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen

Matthew C. Larsen is the director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama City, Panama. His 80+ publications are in the fields of natural hazards, water resources, climate change, and marine geology. Dr. Larsen has led research projects throughout the United States, as well as in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. From 2005 to 2014, he served as Chair of the US National Committee for UNESCO International Hydrological Programme. Dr. Larsen looks forward to welcoming you to STRI and sharing some of the research projects his team is working on.

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Feb 9 - 17, 2018 Departure
David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer is an expert in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American studies. At Boston University he was Founding Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Co-Director of the Peru Summer program, which he helped to found. Currently as Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Political Science, he continues to teach courses on Latin American history and Conflict and Confict Resolution in Latin America. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he was at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Dean of Area Studies.

Over the years, he has traveled widely throughout Central and South America. His experience in the region includes public diplomacy lecture tours in each of the countries and assessments of their diplomatic services for the U.N. Development Program (UNDP). He has also taught seminars at the Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO) of Costa Rica and served on the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Observer Mission at the Central American Presidents negotiations in San José (which produced the Arias Peace Plan, for which Costa Rican President Oscar Arias was awarded the Nobel Prize). He continues to lecture regularly at U.S. State Department and U.S. military training facilities. 

His most recent book, co-authored with David Mares, deals with the almost 200-year struggle between Ecuador and Peru to resolve the Western Hemisphere's longest running border dispute (Power, Institutions, and Leadership in War and Peace: Lessons from Peru and Ecuador, 1995-1998; Texas, 2013 paperback edition).