Retreat mid-winter to experience rainforest canopies, tropical sunsets and a crossing of the Panama Canal aboard the Variety Voyager, January 1-9, 2016.

This Journey combines a "get away from it all" sentiment with our 21st-century fascination with high technology to fulfill the needs of each side of your personality. Join your fellow Princetonians for this voyage through the historic Panama Canal and to the rich rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama during the best time of year.

After one night in San Juan, board the privately-chartered, 88-passenger Tere Moana for a seven-night cruise. On this comprehensive itinerary, visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites along with Panama's ancient San Blas Islands, where the Guna inhabitants live much as they did centuries ago. Explore Panama and Costa Rica's world-renowned national parks — rainforests, islands and archipelagos that foster one of the most pristine ecosystems on our planet. And cap off the experience with a transit of the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel that has now been capturing the imagination for over one hundred years. [NB: Though the Tere Moana will commence her transit before twilight, she will not make the full crossing of the canal in daylight hours. Please call the Princeton Journeys team should you have any concerns about this.] Optional extensions to Costa Rica's cloud forest and volcanoes (12/29-1/1) and Panama City (1/9-1/11) will be available.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from partnering organizations.

Deborah E. Popper and Frank J. Popper, both visiting professors of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University, will serve as Princeton Study Leaders for this journey.

Deborah, a geographer, and Frank, a city planner, have taught in Princeton's Environmental Studies program since 2001. Deborah also teaches at the College of Staten Island (CSI), where she received the 2015 faculty award for scholarship and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is on the governing boards of the American Geographical Society, where she is Vice-President, and the National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC). Frank also teaches at Rutgers' Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and is on the NCFC board and chairs the board of the Great Plains Restoration Council. In 1987, the Poppers devised the concept of the Buffalo Commons, an idea placing ecological restoration at the heart of the future of the Great Plains and the American West. The proposal continues to generate national impact and controversy. In 1997 they received the American Geographical Society’s Vouras Medal for their work.

On this journey the Poppers will draw on their understanding of how natural resources and conservation efforts shape development to explore prospects for 21st-century Costa Rica and Panama.


Trip Details

  • Dates: January 1-9, 2016
  • Cost: From $5,540 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company

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