Explore Costa Rica's natural wonders and cruise the mighty locks and waterways of the Panama Canal during a daytime transit, plus meet with scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at their Punta Culebra Nature Center.

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 Ships moving through a lock in the Panama Canal. Credit: Hemis/Alamy  The scarlet macaw. Credit: Harvey Abernathey  Squirrel Monkey  Exotic Poison Dart Frog  Coati found in Panama  Metal Mark butterfly  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 Panama Canal Transit Aboard the Le Dumont d'Urville

9 days from $5,995

Explore Costa Rica's natural wonders and cruise the mighty locks and waterways of the Panama Canal during a daytime transit, plus meet with scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at their Punta Culebra Nature Center.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Other travelers had similar interests and enthusiasm for the Central American landscape and Panama Canal, which made the trip all the more a pleasure. The signature architecture of Panama City was a real eye-opener, especially after the excellent lecture prepared us for it.

- Carol, F.

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Feb 15 - 23, 2021 Departure
Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen

Matthew C. Larsen is the director emeritus of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama City, Panama. His 90+ publications are in the fields of natural hazards, water resources, climate change, and marine geology. Dr. Larsen has led research projects in the United States, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was STRI director from 2014 to 2020. 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 presenting Smithsonian research on biodiversity and ecosystem services with you.

To learn more about Dr. Larsen visit his page on the STRI website: https://stri.si.edu/scientist/matthew-larsen.

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