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  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 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

Expert

Feb 2 - 10, 2019 Departure
Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon are biologists specializing in the fields of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology.  After receiving their Ph.D. degrees, they spent their scientific careers as professors at The City University of New York, and as Research Associates at The American Museum of Natural History.  Their field research on animal behavior is conducted in Central and South America, Africa, and the southwestern corner of the United States. One of their specialties is the ecology of tropical rain forests, with extensive field experience in Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru. In Panama, Howard spent several seasons studying social insects at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), on Barro Colorado Island, a research facility located in Gatun Lake of the Panama Canal. The island is home to one of the oldest tropical research stations in the world, where studies have been carried out for more than 100 years. It’s outstanding biodiversity includes almost 400 bird species, some 500 species of butterflies and 500 species of trees. Carol’s specialty is reptiles and amphibians, and tropical rain forests are well known for their numerous venomous and poisonous species. As study leaders on Natural History tours for over 35 years, they have developed an extensive series of educational and entertaining multimedia presentations, which they offer to vacationing guests who enjoy location-specific enrichment programs.