An extraordinary, holistic expedition
Experience all the wildness and beauty of Costa Rica and Panama on a sweeping adventure through the canal, along the coasts, and inland to a mist-shrouded cloud forest, volcano, and a mighty river. On this expedition you’ll:
- Explore coastal and inland rain forests and mountains and see wonderful wildlife
- Kayak, snorkel, swim, hike—actively explore every day
- Transit the Panama Canal, with an exclusive visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
- Hike in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano, and relax in its hot springs
- Walk bridges strung through the mist-shrouded cloud forest canopy
- White water raft or horseback ride through a primary rain forest at Sarapiquí
Exhilarating coastal adventures
First explore aboard the versatile National Geographic Sea Lion, with a variety of expedition tools. You’ll walk in the rain forest, kayak stretches of shore where the rain forest meets the sea, search for whales and dolphins in an expedition landing craft, and transit the Panama Canal—a modern wonder of the world. Snorkel at Isla Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best reefs in the Eastern Pacific.
An extensive inland exploration
Following your expedition, travel to dramatic Monteverde cloud forest for naturalist-guided walks in the rain forest canopy. Hike Arenal Volcano, active since 1968. Visit a family owned, third-generation coffee farm with a chance to pick coffee cherries during a tour of the grounds. Drive to Lake Arenal, which we cross in small boats.
Options to Explore Sarapiquí
Float leisurely on the Sarapiquí River or opt for an adventurous white water rafting trip. Or choose to ride horseback to secluded waterfalls or pamper yourself with a yoga class or relaxing spa day. However you choose, you’ll explore an extraordinary primary rain forest.
Travel with an exceptional team
Explore with the largest, most knowledgeable expedition team in the region. With one naturalist for every 12 guests, you’re ensured more access and varied points of view. With no assigned groups, you are free to experience the different personalities and specialties of our staff. They know these trails and coastlines well, adding insight, depth, and clarity to each landing. Our naturalists are adept at spotting wildlife and our photo instructors will help you with camera settings in the jungle and aboard ship. Their enthusiasm for the region and its biodiversity is contagious. Meet the team.
|Day 1||U.S./Panama City, Panama/Colon/N.G. Sea Lion|
|Day 2||Barro Colorado/Panama Canal Transit|
|Day 3||Gulf of Panama Islets|
|Day 4||Isla Coiba National Park|
|Day 5||Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica|
|Day 6||Osa Peninsula & Corcovado N.P.|
|Day 7||Manuel Antonio National Park|
|Day 11||Arenal Volcano|
|Day 14||Sarapiqui/San Jose|
|Day 15||San Jose/U.S.|