Your Dream Journey Costa Rica & The Panama Canal

Andrew Harper Travel Journey Overview


San Jose, Corcovado National Park, Golfo Dulce, Panama

Duration: 8 Days

Starting at: $5,900 PER PERSON

On this trip, experience a one-of-a-kind voyage through the Panama Canal, a marvel of historical engineering, and gain special access to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Canal Zone. Through our partner, Lindblad Expeditions, an Andrew Harper Travel advisor will assist you to discover pure wildness, snorkel an undersea paradise, and spot monkeys and sloths in the rain forests of Costa Rica and Panama on this coastal expedition.

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Day 1 San Jose

Upon arrival in San José, you’ll be transferred by land to Puerto Caldera and embark the ship National Geographic Quest. Today settle into your cabin and get ready for the expedition of a lifetime.

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Day 2 Corcovado National Park

Today you will have a chance to experience the open waters, as well as activities outside of the ship. Begin the day by anchoring off the Osa Peninsula to see some of the most untouched lowland rain forest on the Pacific coast. In the environs of Corcovado National Park, swim in waterfall pools, take an optional horseback ride on the coast, or trek through the rain forest for a chance to see three species of monkeys—howler, spider and capuchin.

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Day 3 Golfo Dulce - Osa Peninsula

The day starts with the National Geographic Quest washing ashore the pristine waters of Playa Blanca. You and your guide will head inland to meet with inspiring local families living in remote communities and working with cocoa, heart of palm, and sugar cane. Spend the rest of the day on land hiking mature rain forests or kayaking in tranquil, beautiful waters in Golfo Dulce. In the evening, witness a stunning sunset, like no other you’ve seen before.

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Day 4 Golfo Dulce

In the early hours of the day, enter the mangrove-fringed Golfo Dulce along the southwestern edge of Costa Rica. Disembark, and visit Casa Orquídeas, a tropical paradise of ornamental palms, bromeliads, heliconias, and orchids. This will be an extra exclusive experience due to it being closed to the general public and reached only by boat. Keep your eye out for tanagers, parrots, and toucans. Later explore the placid bay, which is ideal for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, Zodiac rides, and swimming.

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Day 5 Coiba National Park

The first stop in Panama this morning is at the remote Isla Coiba, one of the many islands of Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once a penal colony, the island has long been protected and accessible by special permit only, which makes for another private expedition. Among its many endemic species are the Coiba Island agouti and the mantled howler monkey, as well as four varieties of sea turtle. Enjoy snorkeling, take a hike, or experience the excitement of stand-up paddle boarding. If you are looking for relaxation, hang by the breathtaking beach.

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Day 6 Gulf Of Panama

Today, sightsee the tiny islets of the Gulf of Panama by Zodiac or kayak. Here you can spot frigatebirds, brown pelicans, neotropical cormorants, and brown boobies. In the afternoon, set sail for the Panama Canal, which stretches more than 50 miles. The canal was a massive engineering feat completed in 1914. It is still traversed by a number of ships, some 14,000 every year. As cargo ships tend to pass through the canal during the day, we’ll most likely begin our crossing at night, when the canal is dramatically lit.

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Day 7 GatÚn Lake/ Panama Canal Transit

By special arrangement, National Geographic Quest will anchor in Gatun Lake near the Barro Colorado Nature Monument overnight. Today, choose hikes and Zodiac cruises at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute facility on Barro Colorado Island, or take a boat ride to the mouth of the Chagres River and hike on the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center trails. In the evening, continue through the complex lock system of the canal.

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Day 8 Panama City - Departure

After breakfast, disembark in Colón and transfer to the airport in Panama City for your flight homeward.

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, except where noted. Room categories, dates of travel and change to services will affect the price. Dollar conversions shown will fluctuate throughout the year. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to customize this itinerary to fit your needs.