Copyright Lindblad Expeditions
Copyright Jack Swenson/Lindblad Expeditions
Other photos courtesy of Larry Larsen and Bob Nansen
An expedition on the
RICA & THE PANAMA CANAL
ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST
December 15-22, 2018
March 29-April 5, 2019
DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
Costa Rica and Panama are two of the most beautiful and wildly diverse natural places on
the planet. The region is home to iconic wildlife—brilliant macaws, howler and capuchin
monkeys, sloths, vibrantly colored butterflies, and strange frogs as well as thousands of
species of flora, including dazzling orchids.
Traveling by expedition ship ensures you the best way to experience the rain forests,
beaches, idyllic isles, and the historic Panama Canal. With the 100-guest National
Geographic Quest as your mobile base camp, you’ll not only see and do more, but also
have experiences you couldn’t otherwise have—like transiting the canal over the course
of two days, and visiting Barro Colorado Nature Monument. You’ll learn the history of the
Panama Canal, and also experience Panama—a lush tropical wonderland. And, you’ll
discover Costa Rica as an active explorer, not a tourist. Our itinerary brings you deeper into
the authentic, “Pura Vida” of Costa Rica—including a visit to the Osa Peninsula, where you’ll
meet welcoming locals making their living as they preserve their country’s legendary natural
The Quest is equipped with Zodiacs, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkeling gear,
all key to experiencing the region’s diversity. An expert expedition team accompanies you
and helps you spot the multitude of mammals, birds, and insects hidden in the dense forest
canopy. And you’ll benefit from the onboard Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo
instructor who will help you take your best shots ever.
Few have the opportunity to experience the rare wildness of Costa Rica and Panama the
way you will on this exceptional expedition. I invite you to join us this December. To make
your reservation, please return the enclosed reservation form or call 800-252-4910.
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
For AAAS Travels, ACS and Sigma Xi Expeditions
Starting at $5,990 plus air.
2018 Brochure (PDF)
2019 Brochure (PDF)