A new 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: $4,650 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 Champlain

8 days from $4,650

A new 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

Experts

Jan 24 - 31, 2022 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. 

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

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Jan 24 - 31, 2022 Departure
Ralph Nurnberger

Ralph Nurnberger

Ralph Nurnberger is an acclaimed speaker who brings humor, historical background and current political insights to his presentations. He has spoken on a number of Smithsonian Journeys as well as at the Smithsonian Associates program in Washington D.C., where his presentations frequently “sell out”. He has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues. Ralph earned his PhD in History from Georgetown University and subsequently taught as an adjunct at Georgetown for 38 years. He was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. He currently lectures on a wide range of historical and political subjects at Florida Atlantic University’s Life Long Learning Programs. Ralph has spoken at a number of universities and other venues in Europe, including in the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Austria, France, Denmark and especially in Germany, where he has given presentations in East and West Berlin, Hamburg and Chemnitz. In addition to his public speaking and academic careers, Ralph has had positions in and related to the U.S. government, he served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee task force dealing with the Panama Canal Treaties. In that capacity, he drafted the Committee’s official report on the history of the US involvement with Panama, including how the US obtained the rights to build the Canal. President Jimmy Carter recognized Dr. Nurnberger’s work on the Canal Treaties at an event held at The White House.