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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
MARCH 19-26, 2018 - FREE AIR
BOOK BY JULY 31, 2017!
DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
Transiting the Panama Canal, one of the most remarkable achievements of
human engineering, is a life list must-do for many. On their own, the locks—which move 26 million
gallons of water, lifting ships up 85 feet above sea level—are
well worth the visit. However, the Canal is also home to 48 miles of incredible wildness. Some
travelers who expect only to find steel and concrete are delightfully surprised by its riches in
biodiversity and rain forests.
Our two-day transit of the Canal is unique, and you’ll enjoy exclusive arrangements that are key to
appreciating it fully. Experience the Canal by day and dramatically lit by night, and visit Barro
Colorado Nature Monument, home of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, for hikes and tours
by Zodiac. To take full advantage of Panama, consider joining the special optional extension, with
an overnight, in Panama City. You’ll stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center
for a view of the new locks, visit the new Frank Gehry-designed Biodiversity
Museum, and see Casco Viejo, the city’s Old Quarter.
Then, leave the man-made behind, to explore spectacularly wild stretches of Panama and Costa Rica.
Count on being highly active, with options for every fitness level. Hike to a waterfall, take a
rain forest walk, explore mangroves by Zodiac or make landfall on pristine beaches, kayak along the
shores of wild islands, enjoy paddle boarding in warm tropical waters, or snorkel to see the
undersea. The ship’s tools let you experience diverse habitats with all your senses–and the
monkeys, sloths, toucans, macaws, butterflies, hummingbirds, and more that inhabit them.
You’ll have the special opportunity to sail aboard the brand-new 100-guest National Geographic
Quest. This state-of-the-art expedition ship features gracious details—open decks, step-out
balconies, spacious cabins, large view windows, an accommodating bow observation area—that will
greatly enhance your voyage. You’ll find the top experts—naturalists, biologists, undersea
specialists aboard—will help you see, do, and learn more. And you’ll benefit from the National
Geographic photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, who help you
capture it all in your best photos ever.
Few have the opportunity to experience the Canal and the rare wildness of Costa Rica the way you
will on this exceptional expedition. I hope you are inspired to join us. To reserve your space,
please send in the 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. FREE AIR
BOOK BY JULY 31, 2017!
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