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Central America Expeditions

Venture to Central America, a land carved with rivers, spiked with peaks, and draped in a thousand shades of green. In this pristine region where tropical wilderness reigns, discover staggering biodiversity amid rainforests, rivers, and oceans, guided by our veteran expedition team. Hike through Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park, snorkel among vibrant sea life in Colombia’s pristine waters, or Zodiac cruise to the remote communities of Panama’s Gala Yuna archipelago. We’ll travel between each fascinating place aboard the nimble National Geographic Quest, designed to take you deep into the wild heart of the Americas. 

The Panama Canal, which effectively connects more than 144 shipping routes, 1,700 ports, and 160 countries, is much more than its transit locks. It is miles of wild landscape, rich with intrigue and an astonishing biodiversity of wildlife.

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Our Trips in Central America


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Our Ship in Central America

Ship National Geographic Quest
Cabin 223, Category 4 with balcony on the ship National Geographic Quest/Venture
The dining room on the ship National Geographic Quest/Venture

National Geographic Quest


National Geographic Quest was purpose-built to explore the Americas, her design and engineering informed by our nearly 40 years of experience in these regions.

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Our Team in Central America

Every member of our team—from our naturalists and photographers to our expedition leaders—is committed to ensuring you have an unforgettable experience. Many are veteran guides chosen for their extensive knowledge of subjects like wildlife biology and volcanology, while special guests—including National Geographic Experts—offer additional insights into the region’s diverse natural landscape. Exploring in small groups, you’ll hear different perspectives each day of your voyage, and because there are no assigned groups you can gravitate toward the experts who share your interests and inspire your curiosity.  


Our knowledgeable and passionate expedition team is complemented by our dedicated hotel team who strives to ensure that your time on board is as comfortable and rewarding as your time on shore.  

Expedition leader talk to guests as they travel through the Panama Canal at night on the ship National Geographic Quest, Panama

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Latest Video

What To Expect - Transiting the Panama Canal

  • Feb 2024

The Panama Canal is a technological wonder that changed the world economy when it opened in August 1914, and transiting this historic waterway is a highlight of our voyage to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Normally, ships take 8-10 hours to transit the Isthmus of Panama, but on a Lindblad-National Geographic expedition, you’ll experience the canal and the rainforest that surrounds it over the course of two days. In this episode of our new video series, What to Expect, National Geographic Quest Captain Tim Lyon describes the unique way we cross over from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean while taking in the lush biodiversity of the area.

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Central America 2024-26