An Exploration in Nature in Costa Rica & the Panama Canal
Cruise Latin America from 6 January 2020 to 16 January 2020
11 days / 10 nights
Departure Port : Puerto Caldera
Arrival Port : Colón
Ship: Le Dumont-D'urville
Hosted by Edie Rodriguez, Americas Brand Chairman, PONANT.
Created specially for like-minded travelers.
This voyage is about nature – its abundance and variety – and about the challenges facing species of all shapes and sizes as they cope with a rapidly changing environment. In Costa Rica, which has done more than any other Central American country to preserve and protect its natural treasures, we explore three of its world famous nature reserves: the luxuriant tropical vegetation and fascinating fauna of Curù and Manuel Antonio National Parks, as well as the marvels of Corcovado National Park, once described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.” In these parks, we will find a variety of ecosystems – ranging from rainforest to mangroves and beaches – that provide habitat for a mind-boggling variety of wildlife: monkeys, coatimundis, peccaries, toucans, macaws, and literally hundreds of species of birds. In Panama, we extend our encounter with the rich biodiversity of Central America as we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Darien Jungle. After transiting the Panama Canal and admiring its design and construction, we spend two days in the fascinating marine world of the San Blas Islands, where we snorkel at Holandes Cayes and visit with the Kuna Indians, who govern the islands as an autonomous province with minimal interference from the national government.
- Hosted by Edie Rodriguez, Americas Brand Chairman, PONANT.
- Lectures and discussions with ecologist Paul Donahue
- Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
- Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, climate, environmental protection.
- Hiking and snorkeling opportunities
- Landscapes: pristine beaches, mangroves, rainforests
- Wildlife: Howler monkeys, white collared monkeys, coatimundis, sloths, agoutis, and the tiny Squirrel Monkey; hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, including toucans and the Scarlet Macaw
- Meetings with local peoples, including the Kuna of San Blas Islands
Edie Rodriguez is Americas Brand Chairman and Special Corporate Advisor for PONANT. Rodriguez has over 30 years of experience in executive roles in the cruise and travel industry and previously served as the CEO and President of Crystal Cruises, where she led the brand’s transformation during her tenure. She has also held leadership positions with brands from Carnival Corporation and RCCL Corporation.
Rodriguez is actively involved in the travel industry. She serves on Robb Report’s Private Aviation Board and Atout-France’s Advisory Board for French Tourism, and was previously on the Board of Directors for Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and is a past member of Promotion Marketing Association. She and PONANT are also strong supporters of Tourism Cares. Rodriguez is a strong voice and advocate in the luxury travel space, and has harnessed the power of social media and digital platforms to reach a global audience.
In recognition of her business leadership, she was named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of The Year” in May 2017, and was selected as Luxury Daily’s “25 Luxury Women to Watch for 2017.” Rodriguez was also named a “Wave Maker” by Afar, as one of ten visionaries making travel better in 2016, and was selected as one of the ten most influential people in travel by the editors of Travelpulse.com. She was also named a “Woman of Note” by The Wall Street Journal in 2014.