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National Geographic Expeditions: Panama To Costa Rica + Monteverde, Arenal & Tortuguero

  • Expedition Dates:
  • March 19 - April 2, 2018
  • Experience all the wildness and beauty of Costa Rica and Panama on a sweeping adventure through the canal, along the coasts, and inland to a mist-shrouded cloud forest, volcano, lake, and a car-free, jungle village. Explore aboard the versatile National Geographic Sea Lion, walk in the rain forest, kayak through mangrove forests, search for whales and dolphins in an expedition landing craft, and transit the Panama Canal—a modern wonder of the world. Snorkel at Isla Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best reefs in the Eastern Pacific. Following your expedition, travel to dramatic Monteverde cloud forest and the Wild Tortuguero Caribbean coast.

Uncover Diverse Colombia: Barranquilla Carnival and the Colombian Caribbean

  • Expedition Dates: Feb 6-21, 2018
  • This Colombia Photo Expedition Photographic Overland Adventure is designed to highlight Colombia’s hallucinating natural and cultural diversity, and we believe we have struck the perfect balance with this exhilarating itinerary: From exploring the streets rich in history of colonial Cartagena and learning about Gabriel Garcia’s Magical Realism, to the folkloric celebrations of of the second biggest carnival in the world in Barranquilla, to photographing the landscapes, mammals and birds that live in the planet’s most irreplaceable nature reserve. This trip is of epic proportions, complete with white-sand beaches and a visit to the Wayuu communities of the Guajira peninsula. Focus: Photography; Cultural Immersion, Natural history and Birdwatching.
  • Itinerary: Cartagena – Barranquilla Carnival- Isla Salamanca NP – Santa Marta – The Santa Marta Mountains – Minca – El Dorado Lodge – Tayrona NP – Riohacha – Los Flamencos NP
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Lindblad Expeditions: Cuba by Land and Sea. Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders

  • Expedition Dates: Feb.28 - March 10, 2018
  • The world’s fascination with Cuba has lasted for many generations, and for good reason. Cuba is a cultural hub, with a mix of descendants of indigenous people, European immigrants, and slaves, and its music and art draw on these diverse influences. Lying close to the shores of the United States, it has at times been a Spanish colony, a client state of the U.S., a dictatorship, and, since the Cuban Revolution, oftentimes a U.S. adversary. Cuba has exerted an outsize influence on world history. Join us as we embark on a unique land-and-sea exploration that balances experiences in the country’s cultural centers with explorations of wild coastal sites.

Uncover Diverse Colombia: Flower Festival in Medellin, Cali and the Colombian Pacific

  • Expedition Dates: August 2-16, 2018
  • This tour is designed by Colombia Photo Expeditions to highlight Colombia’s astounding natural and cultural diversity, and we believe we have struck the perfect balance with this exhilarating itinerary: From exploring the Feria de Las Flores in Medellin in the Andes mountains, to the Latin rhythms of the salsa capital of the world, to riding motorcycle-powered carts through luscious rainforest, to visiting the beaches and mangroves of one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet in search of Humpback Whales. This trip is of epic proportions, complete with beaches, city life, flowers, and incredible hospitality. Join us in a land where everyday life is very real but visitors can easily escape into a magical world as they explore the culture and natural richness the country has to offer.
  • Itinerary: Feria de las Flores in Medellin – Salsa in Cali – Birdwatching in Km 18 – Dolmetsch Arboretun – San Cipriano – Ladrilleros – Bahia Malaga

Colombia Photo Expeditions: Birdwatching Expeditions

  • The Colombian Massif, Putumayo and the Western Andes and Choco Bioregion. Click here for complete details.
  • Expedition Dates: June 12 - 26, 2018
  • The Western Andes, Cauca Valley, Santa Marta Mountains and the Caribbean Coast. Click here for complete details.
  • Expedition Dates: July 15 - 29, 2018
  • Western and Central Andean Endemics, Cauca Valley and Choco Specialties. Click here for complete details.
  • Expedition Dates: January 7- 21, 2018; July 1-15, 2018
  • These are our upcoming birdwatching expeditions with Colombia Photo Expeditions. All our expeditions are led by a professional naturalist-birdwatcher expedition leader. We do also work with a local guide on every location we visit. Certain departures are led by Kike, and include lectures, photo critiques and photographic training.

National Geographic Expeditions: Epic Patagonia: Fjords, Peaks, and Forests

  • Expedition Dates: Oct 06 - 25, 2018
  • From the wilds of Tierra del Fuego to the pinnacles of Torres del Paine National Park, experience Patagonia at close range aboard National Geographic Explorer. Trace Chile’s coast south from Puerto Montt, venturing deep into a maze of islands and glorious fjords. Pass incandescent icebergs and massive glaciers, and watch for elephant seals and Andean condors, humpbacks, dolphins, and penguin colonies. Encounter the incomparable landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park, and round Cape Horn in the wake of history’s great explorers. Cap off the adventure on Argentina’s Staten Island, coming face-to-face with nature’s magnificence in one of the most untouched places on Earth.

    Trip Highlights

    • Trace the Chilean coast from the stunning wetlands of Chiloé National Park all the way to Cape Horn aboard the National Geographic Explorer, and head overland to magnificent Torres del Paine National Park.
    • Be one of the few people to explore Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), located at the extreme end of South America. We have been granted special permission to explore here.
    • Hone your photography skills alongside a National Geographic photographer.
    • Venture through pristine wildlife reserves not readily accessible to the public, including the privately held Karukinka reserve in Tierra del Fuego.
  • Click here for complete details

National Geographic Expeditions: Upper Amazon

  • Expedition Dates: Mar 09 - 18, 2019 / Mar 16 - 25, 2019
  • Voyage to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s northern rain forest aboard the elegant riverboat Delfin II. Slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways in a skiff in search of a variety of birds, as well as caimans, tamarins, and sloths. Skim past massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba trees, and witness glorious sunsets on the still waters of the Amazon River Basin.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the amazing biodiversity of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with our team of naturalists, and encounter rare pink dolphins, sloths, howler monkeys, giant lily pads, and an astounding variety of birdlife.
  • Learn from a National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructor, who travels with us aboard the Delfin II riverboat.
  • Glide into the Amazonian backwaters by kayak or skiff for an up close look at the intricacies of this rain forest ecosystem.
  • Meet the ribereños, indigenous people who live along the river’s edge, and get a glimpse into their traditions and way of life.
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