A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Delve into the tropical forests of Panama and Costa Rica and cross the legendary Panama Canal on an 8-day cruise, learning about Smithsonian’s scientific studies in the region as you explore a range of pristine ecosystems and meet the indigenous people that call them home. 

Starting at: $5,530 Make a Reservation 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

Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America

From Colón to Puerto Caldera Aboard the 184-guest Le Bellot

8 days from $5,530

A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Delve into the tropical forests of Panama and Costa Rica and cross the legendary Panama Canal on an 8-day cruise, learning about Smithsonian’s scientific studies in the region as you explore a range of pristine ecosystems and meet the indigenous people that call them home. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Expert

Feb 11 - 18, 2023 Departure
Steve Paton

Steve Paton

Steven Paton is an expert in monitoring the climate and oceans of the tropics, a wildlife photographer and a science communicator. He has spent over 30 years in Panama working with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).

Steven arrived in Panama after graduating with a masters degree in zoology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. With a brief two-year interruption spent at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Gálapagos Islands, he has worked at STRI throughout his career. His work includes managing STRI’s long-term climate and physical oceanographic monitoring programs, documenting Panama’s amazing biodiversity, and studying the impacts of severe drought on mangroves. The results of his efforts have been used by thousands of researchers from all over the world and appeared in hundreds of publications.

Steven is also a widely respected nature photographer. His photographs, which he makes freely available to everyone, are helping to document and promote Panama’s amazing biodiversity.

Over the last decade, he has become one of the STRI’s most popular science communicators. His talks on global climate change, tropical weather, and the El Niño/La Niña cycle have reached thousands of people. His role as one of STRI’s most popular scientific communicators has led him to give dozens of talks to both local Panamanian and international audiences, in both English and Spanish. His ability to bridge the gap between highly technical scientific topics and the general public is greatly appreciated by his audiences.