Costa Rica and Panama Canal

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MAR. 14-21, 2015 From $5,990
Panama City, Panama Canal, Isla Coiba National Park, Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonia National Park, Herradura
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Costa Rica and Panama Canal

MAR. 14-21, 2015
Panama City, Panama Canal, Isla Coiba National Park, Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonia National Park, Herradura
Aboard National Geographic Sea Lion

Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica and transit the Panama Canal aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion. See the intricate locks of the canal up close, plus visit the Smithsonian Research Station on Barro Colorado Island in the Canal Zone. Venture into the forests of Manuel Antonio and Corcovado national parks. Ride horseback through the rainforest, explore a jungle shoreline by kayak, snorkel a vibrant undersea garden and cruise up winding creeks aboard expedition landing craft. The region is home to iconic wildlife: brilliant macaws, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths and vibrantly colored butterflies.

Cost: From $5,990
Lindblad Maritime Enterprises, Ltd.
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Walk rain forest trails, home to howler and capuchin monkeys, sloths, scarlet macaws, and toucans
  • By exclusive arrangement, overnight in Gatún Lake and visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island
  • Explore idyllic, offshore islands by expedition landing craft or kayak
  • Snorkel at Isla Coiba, a World Heritage site, and go horseback riding on the remote Osa Peninsula
  • Travel with expert naturalists, including an undersea specialist and certified photo instructor
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310.206.0613 (P)
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DAY 1 | March 14. Miami / Panama City, Panama / Colón / Embark / Gatún Lake
Upon arrival in Panama City, drive to Colón, board National Geographic Sea Lion, and set sail for the first part of our Panama Canal transit. Stretching more than 50 miles, the Canal was a colossal engineering feat completed in 1914. Anchor in Gatún Lake for the night. (D)

DAY 2 | March 15. Barro Colorade Island / Panama Canal Transit
In the morning, we’ll board expedition landing craft for Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Gatún Lake by special arrangement. This island has been the primary Smithsonian center for tropical rain forest study since 1923, and we are very proud to have special permission to visit the facilities at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Join local guides for a walk through the forests that so challenged the builders of the Canal. In the evening, continue through the complex lock system of the Canal. Often we have the opportunity to cross part of the Canal during the DAY, and another when it is dramatically lit at night. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 | March 16. Gulf of Panama Islets
This archipelago of islands due south of Panama City has a storied past—pearls, conquistadors, buccaneers, and so much more. We’ll explore the turquoise waters via expedition landing craft or kayak, where dolphins and whales have been spotted. Observe roosting and nesting magnificent frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies on the bluffs of isolated islets. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 | March 17. Isla Coiba National Park
Isla Coiba is one of Panama’s most remote national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once a penal colony, the island has long been protected and accessible by special permit only. You’ll have an opportunity to search for the Coiba Island agouti and the mantled howler monkey. The pristine beach is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 | March 18. Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
We enter the mangrove-fringed Golfo Dulce, a protected gulf along the southwestern edge of Costa Rica. At Casa Orquídeas, a privately owned garden accessible only by boat and special invitation, see a profusion of orchids; look for tanagers, parrots, and gaudy toucans. Later, explore the placid bay, ideal for kayaking or swimming. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 | March 19. Osa Peninsula
We anchor off the Osa Peninsula, unreachable by road, to see some of the most pristine lowland rain forest on the Pacific. In the environs of Corcovado National Park, you may swim in waterfall pools, horseback ride, or join an expedition landing craft cruise. Trek through the rain forest to look for monkeys. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 | March 20. Manuel Antonio National Park
Spend the morning in Manuel Antonio National Park. We explore early, when the wildlife is most active. The naturalists point out monkeys or birds as they zip through the forest, and lethargic three-toed sloths in the trees. In the afternoon, find a place for a final hike or take a refreshing swim. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 | March 21. Herradura / Disembark / San José / Miami
After breakfast, disembark in Herradura and transfer to the airport in San José for flights home. (B)

Accommodations
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National Geographic Sea Lion

Capacity: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins
Registry: United States
Overall Length: 152 feet
Public Areas: Ship features a library; global market; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables. Our “open bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and captain and learn about navigation.
Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide-selection buffet, and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flavors.
Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls
Expedition Equipment: Expedition landing craft, kayaks, snorkeling gear, bow camera, hydrophone, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera and video microscope
Special Features: Guest Internet access. A video chronicler, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo specialist, undersea specialist and ship’s doctor on board all voyages
Wellness: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features exercise equipment, LEXspa and morning stretch classes on the sundeck.

Pricing

Pricing: From $5,990
Lindblad Maritime Enterprises, Ltd.

Special Programs Available

  • Complimentary Pre-Voyage Panama City Extension: Book by Sept. 30, 2014 and take advantage of our complimentary extension to the new Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center and the Museum of Biodiversity, with overnight in Panama City. (Offer valid for new bookings only and not combinable with other offers.) Call for details.
  • Post-Voyage Extension: Explore Costa Rica’s spectacular Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano, and Sarapiquí. Call for details.
  • Bring the Kids: We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So, take $500 off the double occupancy price for each person under 18.

 

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • I have always felt safe, comfortable and well cared for on a UCLA Alumni Travel trip. Every trip was worth the price and beyond. Thank you UCLA Alumni Travel!"
    Marirose Dirstine ’72, M.A. ’75, Traveler
  • Thank you for consistently providing the most unforgettable experiences at the best value. "
    Nicole Christiano ’92, Traveler

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Lindblad Maritime Enterprises, Ltd. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please download brochure for this tour here.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • I have always felt safe, comfortable and well cared for on a UCLA Alumni Travel trip. Every trip was worth the price and beyond. Thank you UCLA Alumni Travel!"
    Marirose Dirstine ’72, M.A. ’75, Traveler
  • Thank you for consistently providing the most unforgettable experiences at the best value. "
    Nicole Christiano ’92, Traveler