A Taste of Panama: Canal, Rainforest, and Culture

Trip Leader(s)
Darin Croft, Professor of Anatomy, CWRU
January 11 - 18, 2023
Trip Description
Panama Photo

Journey to the “Crossroads of the World” for a comprehensive introduction to Panama’s fascinating history, culture, and natural heritage. Explore both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country as you learn about the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal. Discover its past, present, and future during a partial transit. Meanwhile, you’ll also go beyond the canal and delve deeper into the country’s indigenous heritage, its colonial legacy, and its vital role in shaping the flora and fauna of the Americas as we know them today.

Program Highlights

•             Uncover Panama’s role as an international trade center and cultural melting pot in the historical
               district of Casco Viejo.

•             Make a partial canal transit, passing under the Bridge of the Americas and Centenario Bridge
               and viewing the elaborate lock system in action.

•             Learn about the geological origins, natural history, and ecological effects of the Panamanian
               isthmus at the Frank Gehry-designed BioMuseo.

•             Kayak on Lake Gatún, a man-made lake 85 feet above sea level.

•             Meet members of the indigenous Emberá tribe and learn about their history, traditions, and

•             Observe tropical flora and fauna during a hike and aerial tram ride through Soberanía National

PRICE: $3,499 per person, based on double occupancy.  $480 single supplement.

Full Trip Brochure

Trip Terms and Conditions

For more information about this trip, please contact:
Sarah Doody at 904.432.3141 or email 

LUMINARY SOCIETY MEMBERS: CWRU’s Luminary Society members may receive additional discounts on CWRU Educational Travel programs. For further information on Luminary Society travel discounts only, please contact The Office of Strategic Giving or 216.368.4460.