Natural history riches. Restored colonial architecture. A marvel of modern engineering. This Journey holds a little something for each side of your personality. After spending two nights in Cartagena, Colombia, board the state-of-the-art yacht Variety Voyager for a seven-night voyage among some of the loveliest islands and national parks in Central America and the Caribbean Sea. Transit the Panama Canal in daylight and continue along the Pacific coast of Panama and Costa Rica. Along the Journey, the region's natural beauty comes alive — rainforests teeming with exotic wildlife and bird species; sugary beaches fringed by sparkling azure waters; and dense forests that cascade down impressive mountainsides to the shore.
Swim, snorkel and explore the fascinating marine life supported by one of the largest coral reefs on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. Hike through lush rainforests alive with the vivid sounds and colors of a richly diverse wildlife, and soar overhead through the canopy of vegetation that provides habitat for some very unusual species. Also meet the indigenous tribal populations that have been present for countless generations and who maintain many of the customs practiced by their ancestors.
Please note: On this Journey, Princeton travelers will be joined by those from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Oceanographic Society.
Michael Littman, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this Journey.
A historian of technology and innovation, Professor Littman is also an experimentalist in optics and spectroscopy whose current work focuses on designing telescopes that would allow for optical imaging of earth-like planets around nearby stars. He teaches in the areas of automatic control systems and the history of modern engineering as well as participating in hands-on workshop courses through the Keller Center for Innovation's Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS).
On this Journey, Professor Littman not only will explain the history and mechanics behind ships and canals, but will also give those with an interest in photography a look inside their cameras to understand lenses, depth of field, and f-stops. His accessible talks will be supplemented by remarks by other experts in marine habitats and the areas visited.