SMALL SHIP CRUISING: Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal


8 NIGHTS | SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA TO PANAMÁ CITY, PANAMÁ |

FEBRUARY; NOVEMBER-DECEMBER
INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS


• One-night pre-cruise hotel stay in San José
• Panamá Canal night transit; visit Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center
• Visit a national park, two wildlife refuges, and a conservation area
• Search for untamed wildlife—scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, sloths, white-faced capuchins
• Snorkel and beachcomb at Panamá’s Granito de Oro
• Stroll a private butterfly- and flower-rich tropical preserve
• Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
• Off-the-beaten path exploration
DAY 1 San José, Costa Rica
Welcome to the land of pura vida! On arrival in the capital city of San José, you’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and
transferred to the InterContinental Hotel (Feb-May) or DoubleTree Hotel (Nov-Dec) for your overnight stay. Relax and
unwind, enjoying the hotel’s amenities or nearby attractions. (B)
DAY 2 San José, Costa Rica – Embarkation
The morning is yours to enjoy at leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafes. This afternoon, join your fellow
adventurers at our hospitality area in the hotel. After everyone has gathered, travel to Caldera Port on the Pacific
Ocean, where you’ll board the Safari Voyager and meet your enthusiastic crew. (BLD)
DAY 3 Curú National Wildlife Refuge
At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curú—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local
“residents” include everything from exotic birds and deer to army ants, snake-eating frogs, and hungry crocodiles.
Step carefully as you cross the swinging bridge, you don’t want to land on the menu! Land crabs shift in and out of
their burrows with such force it’s enough to make the earth move. A hike on the Finca de Monos trail is prime monkey
viewing. They are everywhere. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to
snorkel, kayak, and paddle board. (BLD)
DAY 4 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. (BLD)

DAY 5 Golfo Dulce
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 Osa Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff. (BLD)
DAY 6 Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panamá
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, minijungle
in the center connect with a dreamy 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. Hop to the park’s main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through untouched tropical jungle. Mantled howler
monkeys, crested eagles, and four turtle species call Isla Coiba home. (BLD)
DAY 7 Coiba National Park
Ah, another day in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches. As always, the
hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering
balsa trees. Or, slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. The water is crystal-clear, and the fish and turtles are swimming! Find
balance to your invigorating morning—then it’s cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views. (BLD)
DAY 8 Marine Life Search / Panamá Canal
The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and on your last day, its captain’s choice as you
cruise among them. Hosting hundreds of avian species, you may enjoy superb bird watching on a skiff exploration. And
watch for mobula rays flying across the water. Later, transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panamá Canal (time
varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for your evening transit). Join your shipmates on
deck for a toast as the canal lights up and the temperature subsides. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took
over 75,000 workers to build it. Celebrate this unforgettable voyage with a special farewell dinner, and then join your
expedition team for a slideshow highlighting the week’s adventures. (BLD)
DAY 9 Panamá City, Panamá – Disembarkation
After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. Make a stop at the
Agua Clara Visitor Center. Take in the views of Lake Gatun and the newly
expanded locks. Then your transfer continues, taking you to the airport for
your flight home or to begin you optional UnCruise hotel stay. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order
of days may occur to maximize your experience.
Passport required on this itinerary

CONTACT:  Sharon@TravelPlanners.net #215-256-4128

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