Sailing the Panama Canal - Costa Rica & Panama Aboard Sea Cloud

January 4 to 16, 2015


Begin in San José, Costa Rica, with an after-hours visit to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Admire exotic orchids and perhaps spot a quetzal, the Mayan sacred bird, at nearby El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve. From Puerto Caldera sail down the country’s rugged Pacific coast to discover the vast, verdant Térraba-Sierpe mangroves, home to rare birds and accessible only by boat. Spend a morning exploring stunning Corcovado National Park before sailing to Isla de Coiba, home to Panama’s largest marine reserve. Step ashore in Isla Iguana for snorkeling and bird-watching, and dock overnight in Panama City for an architectural tour and museum visits. Spend a day traversing the canal to Colón. View the immense steel gates that open to let ships into various locks, which raise and lower the vessels to access artificial lakes. The following day, sail through the densely forested islands of Bocas del Toro, tendering ashore for a private reception by the owner of a botanic garden. Disembark in Puerto Limón and enjoy a nature walk in the Veragua Rainforest before concluding in San José.

Study Leader Information

We are delighted to be accompanied by distinguished architectural historian and horticulturist Patrick Bowe. A long-time favorite of the National Trust, Patrick will enrich our journey with his in-depth knowledge and delightful wit.

Tour Itinerary


For a detailed listing of daily activities during our trip, please click here for the tour brochure.


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