Transit the Panama Canal to stunning biodiversity, exhilarating history, and intriguing cultures

Discover an astonishing trove of natural and cultural treasures as you navigate the Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia aboard the National Geographic Quest. Hike into dense rainforests that harbor extraordinary biodiversity, glide through little-explored inlets by Zodiac and kayak, and meet the indigenous inhabitants of a secluded Panamanian archipelago where age-old traditions remain part of everyday life. Experience the diverse heritage of stunning cities and remote towns off the beaten path, from the Arab-influenced architecture of Colombia’s Santa Cruz de Lorica to the bustling shores of Santa Cruz del Islote—the most densely populated island in the world.

  • Transit the Panama Canal over two days to see it by day and in the coolness of night—plus an exclusive stop at the Smithsonian Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island

  • Visit the palm-shaded Panamanian archipelago of Guna Yala (formerly San Blas Islands), an autonomous province that is home to the indigenous Guna people, and get immersed in local culture

  • Discover the coastal treasures and remote wilderness of Colombia, exploring vibrant villages, pristine beaches, and wildlife-rich jungles

  • Explore Colombia’s rainforests, among the most biodiverse on Earth, with almost 1,900 bird species and an astonishing list of approximately 450 mammals

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Duration

8 Days

Price

From $6,110 per person
(does not include flight)

Dates

Oct

Nov

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Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia, New and Noteworthy

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Explore tropical rainforests and idyllic islands. Meet the welcoming people living in harmony on the planet’s most crowded island. Learn about ancient cultures, the proxy war fought between England and Spain along this coast, and find the abundant wildlife residing here. More avenues for exploration give you the most interesting options. Combine all this wildness with a transit of the legendary Panama Canal—aboard National Geographic Quest. While our route is planned, we will always remain flexible in our approach to take advantage of sightings and opportunities for discovery.

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Panama City, Panama

Disembark

Cartagena, Colombia

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Cartagena, Colombia

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Panama City, Panama

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Explore tropical rainforests and idyllic islands. Meet the welcoming people living in harmony on the planet’s most crowded island. Learn about ancient cultures, the proxy war fought between England and Spain along this coast, and find the abundant wildlife residing here. More avenues for exploration give you the most interesting options. Combine all this wildness with a transit of the legendary Panama Canal—aboard National Geographic Quest. While our route is planned, we will always remain flexible in our approach to take advantage of sightings and opportunities for discovery.

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