Costa Rica & Panamá Canal
WHY WE LOVE THIS ADVENTURE
Travel along the coast of Panamá and Costa Rica and discover beauty and wonder within the mosaic of jungles, islands, and cultural centers of Central America.
CALL OF THE WILD
Visit several conservation areas, national parks, and wildlife refuges on a journey through lush, natural scenery with endless opportunities for wildlife sightings.
BETWEEN TWO OCEANS
Experience one of the most famous sea passages; transit between two oceans along the 48-mile marvel, the Panamá Canal.
LESS IS MORE
With a maximum of 62 guests, fewer passengers onboard means that expeditions are made up of small groups and the knowledgeable crew can devote more attention to their guests.
FLORA AND FAUNA
This region is rich in biodiversity and your expeditions will allow you to experience the abundant plant and wildlife that cannot be seen elsewhere.
No hidden fees for excursions gives you the option to kayak, hike, snorkel, paddle board, or hang out onboard and enjoy the view.
COSTA RICA & PANAMÁ CANAL
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This sample itinerary is only a guideline; variations may occur to maximize your experience.
Day 1 – Panamá City,Panamá*
Welcome to Panamá – the happiest country in the world! You’ll be warmly greeted at the airport upon your arrival and transferred to the Bristol Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind from your day of travel, or stretch your legs on a walk to nearby city sites and attractions.
Day 2 – Panamá City / Panamá Canal – Embark
Enjoy a morning of leisure or explore nearby city markets and cafés. This afternoon, rendezvous with your shipmates in our Bristol Hotel hospitality area, then board the Safari Voyager. Meet your crew and prepare to experience one of the top bucket-list destinations-transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panamá Canal. Truly a marvel of engineering and human tenacity, it took 9,000 workers to build it. What a way to kick off your week!
Day 3 – Gulf of Panamá Islands
The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and today, its captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Hosting hundreds of avian species, you may enjoy superb bird watching on an exciting skiff exploration, or stroll a charming coastal village that boasts the hemisphere’s second oldest church. This evening, sailing further away from civilization, you could almost chart your course by the stars.
Day 4 – Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park
Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at the postcard-perfect Granito de Oro islet. Offering a little bit of everything despite its small size – volcanic outcroppings at either end of this tiny landmass and a dense, mini-jungle in the center are connected by gorgeous white sand beach. Named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites, your day of play features snorkeling among abundant marine life, kayaking around rocky outcroppings, and lounging on the warm sand. It’s another perfect day in paradise.
Day 5 – Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
A birder’s paradise, explore a tropical botanical reserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies-there’s a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour. In Golfo Dulce, which separates Oso Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.
Day 6 – Osa Conservation Area
Adventure lies around every bend in the isolated, wild Osa Conservation Area, home to the country’s largest national park, Corcovado. The area is known for its diverse plant and animal species-a whopping 2.5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity is found here-including all four of Costa Rica’s monkeys, tree frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird. Explore this vast area putting feet to trail on an invigorating hike through the jungle. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset with a tropical beverage in-hand during cocktail hour and retell stories of the day with your travel-mates.
Day 7 – Manuel Antonio National Park
Boasting 109 species of mammals, over 330 bird species, and abundant marine life among its incredibly diverse plant life, Manuel Antonio National Park provides endless opportunity for discovery. On a jungle hike, keep your eyes tuned to the canopy above, watching for two- and three-toed sloths, white-faced capuchins, scarlet macaws, many-colored tanagers, coatis, iguanas, and other colorful and camouflaged creatures. And, keep your ears tuned for the screeching of howler monkeys.
Day 8 – Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy your last day on the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula-untamed wildlife, lush scenery, and active recreation. Local “residents” include a variety of animal, reptile, avian, and insect species-frigate birds and hummingbirds, army ants and butterflies. Hike in Curu National Wildlife Refuge-a prime place to inspect diverse flora and fauna. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board. Cap off your week with a celebratory farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for slideshow highlighting the week’s adventures.
Day 9 – San José, Costa Rica – Disembark
Enjoy an early breakfast aboard and say adios to your crew. Upon arrival at the Caldera Port, you’ll be transferred to San José to connect with your flight home.
*For trips departing from San José, Costa Rica the itinerary will be in reverse.
Flexible, Fun & Full!
Your days will be filled from the moment you wake until you retire to your cabin with opportunities for group meals, off-ship outings, and presentations in the evening. You can choose to participate in the activities and presentations each day or sit them out, but one thing is for sure, this cruise will keep you moving!
We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.
Depending on the itinerary that you choose, your trip will either begin in Panamá City, Panamá at the Tocumen International Airport or San José, Costa Rica at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. You will be met by the outfitter at the airport and transferred to your hotel (the Bristol Hotel in Panamá City or the Intercontinental Hotel in San José) for your first night’s stay. The following day you will begin your adventure.
The last night on the ship, you will have a special farewell dinner, and the next morning after breakfast, you will disembark in either San José, Costa Rica or in Panamá City, Panamá for your flight home.
All on-board meals; premium spirits, wine, and beer; non-alcoholic beverages; one night’s stay at Bristol Hotel or Intercontinental Hotel; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all adventure activities and equipment from the boat. Your vessel also has wellness offerings such as fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.
June and August in this region are part of the rainy season and have daily temperatures ranging from
85ºF – 95ºF with higher humidity and cooler evenings. November – January are typically cooler with daily temperatures ranging from 70ºF – 80ºF and a transition from the rainy season to the dry season. In the tropics, rain can fall throughout the year, but most of the rainfall is short and you can expect lots of sun year-round; perfect weather for enjoying your time on the beach.
Coastal Central America
Costa Rica and Panamá are a biodiversity hotspot and part of the major north-south flyway for migratory birds in the Americas. The region’s flora and fauna is abundant and often endemic to the region, making this an incomparable trip for wild and birdlife opportunities. Transition between two seas through the 48-mile Panamá Canal, a human engineering marvel and home to a diverse amount of wildlife.
This is a small-scale cruise and your vessel will have a maximum number of 62 guests and a generous guest to guide ratio of 2.2 guests for each crew member. This means that you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the landscape, ecology, and culture of the area, as well as have expert instruction for all your adventure activities.
Meet the Safari Voyager – a newly refurbished vessel that offers ample vantage points including the 270-degree window-lined lounge for taking in the sights. The ship carries all the adventure equipment for guests including kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, and snorkel equipment. All cabins are equipped with a TV and DVD, iPod docking station, private bath, view windows, air conditioning, and generous closet space. Your vessel includes a cozy library and elegant dining room to sit back and relax. The vessel also comes equipped with fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage for you to enjoy.
You can look forward to a delicious daily menu filled with meals designed to reflect the flavors of the region including locally sourced ingredients when possible. For breakfast – you can choose from an early riser breakfast with fresh baked pastries and fruit or a full breakfast with hot, cold, and specialty dishes. For lunch – you will find a range of salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. For happy hour – enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres in the lounge. For dinner -choose from several entrées including fresh, local seafood and meats or a vegetarian dish with a chef-selected wine pairing and be sure to leave room for an indulgent dessert, such as tiramisu.
Length: 8 nights
Price: $4,395 – $8,395 per person; $385 for port taxes & fees; Kids ages 8 to 13 save $500 per child
Season: June, August,
November – April
Min. Age: 8 years
Activity: Expedition Cruise
Adventure Level: Mild
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