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.

Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 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 | Full tour details to be announced soon

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

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

brochure iconbrochure

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.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

See All Journeys Dispatches ››

Experts

Jan 24 - Feb 1, 2021 Departure; Feb 15 - 23, 2021 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.

Read more: Smithsonian’s “Jurassic Park” Research Island

Feb 21 - Mar 1, 2021 Departure
Thomas Mirenda

Thomas Mirenda

Tom Mirenda has been cultivating plants since his early childhood and lives to create beauty with plants in botanic Garden settings for more than half of his adult life. Originally trained as a Marine Biologist, Tom moved to Hawaii in his early 20s to pursue a MB career and worked on the Trophic relationships of denizens of Coral reefs in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands (Midway and French Frigate Shoals). There he realized he was better suited to Horticultural pursuits and took positions at New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanical Garden and at the Incredible Greentree Estate in Long Island where he cared for a first class Orchid collection. Eventually Tom accepted the Orchid Collection Specialist Position at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC where he cultivated and curated a huge diverse orchid collection for 17 years. The collection was used to create massive 4 to 5 month long educational orchid exhibits displayed to literally millions of visitors each year.

Recently, Tom decided to take a leadership position at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, an exceptionally beautiful jewel on the lush Hamakua coast just north of Hilo on the Big Island. What Tom found there was an Orchid Paradise where myriad spectacular orchids of all types, both lowland and montane species and hybrids seem to thrive, simply planted in the trees, placing them thoughtfully in the landscape.

Tom looks forward to sharing his love of plants and nature with you on this tour.