The Panama Canal is a technological wonder that changed the world economy when it opened in August 1914, and transiting this historic waterway is a highlight of our voyage to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Normally, ships take 8-10 hours to transit the Isthmus of Panama, but on a Lindblad-National Geographic expedition, you’ll experience the canal and the rainforest that surrounds it over the course of two days.

In this episode of our new video series, What to Expect, National Geographic Quest Captain Tim Lyon describes the unique way we cross over from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean while taking in the lush biodiversity of the area.

Read more about transiting the Panama Canal in our corresponding What to Expect article.