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Cruising Costa Rica and Panama - Panama to Costa Rica

8 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Embarkation in Puerto Caldera Costa Rica
Embark on your journey between 3 and 4 pm. Once all passengers are on board, set sail for Quepos in the afternoon. Tonight, meet with your crew for a welcome briefing and enjoy an introductory meal with your fellow travellers.

Day 2 Quepos and Playa Biesanz
This morning take part in an optional excursion to Manuel Antonio – a jewel among Costa Rica's many national parks. Please note that this is a wet landing inside the reserve, and so you’ll use the Zodiacs. The fragile rainforest ecosystem shelters an abundance of wildlife including the easy-to-spot monkeys and a great variety of tropical birds. You are taken to the park entrance for a 1.5-hour guided walk in the dense rainforest. Local guides and a naturalist will lead you through small trails encountering native wildlife and over a thousand different species of flora. The trail is very well maintained and is easy walking with no uphill climbs. The hike ends with a swim at a park's beach before returning to the ship. In the afternoon, perhaps opt for a forest canopy tour, or continue on a cruise to Playa Biesanz. In the evening, enjoy a tropical themed dinner and party on board the ship. Tonight, sail towards Drake Bay..

Day 3 Drake Bay
Arrive at Drake Bay in the morning and set off after breakfast for an optional excursion in the Corcovado National Park. A nature preserve and tropical rainforest that occupies almost a third of the Osa Peninsula, visitors are almost guaranteed to see some of the most incredible wildlife living in the jungles of the reserve including red-eyed tree frogs, quetzals, tapirs, harpy eagles, white-lipped peccaries, monkeys, and scarlet macaws. Swimmers can have the amazing opportunity to share the warm waters with marlins, dolphins, and pilot whales. Early afternoon sailing to Golfito.

Day 4 Granito de Oro and Coiba Island
Arrive around midday to Granito de Oro for swimming and snorkelling. We have our lunch on deck enjoying the view and the BBQ fare while sailing to Coiba Island. Here, we embark on a walking tour with your on-board naturalist, who will take you to discover the local forest and animal life. Coiba Island is a World Heritage-listed site and the largest island in Central America – perfect for swimming and snorkelling in a pristine environment, and waters are teeming with marine life. Late afternoon we sail to Iguana Island overnight.

Day 5 Iguana Island
Morning arrival at Iguana Island, a wildlife-rich territory, a bird-watching paradise, and key sanctuary for frigate birds. Snorkel the shallow reefs at the protected Isla Iguana Bay. You have a chance to see lots of colorful tropical fish, Morey Eels, Rays and even turtles swimming in the warm Pacific waters. On land you can spot crabs and iguanas. The island is a snorkeling and diving paradise as it has the biggest area of well-preserved coral reefs in the Gulf of Panama with 17 different coral species, more than 350 tropical fish and over 200 species of invertebrates. Late afternoon sailing to Playa Muerto. Overnight at sea.

Day 6 Playa Muerto (Darien National Park) 
This morning, travel into the wilds of Darien National Park on an optional excursion to an Embera village. Please note that landing at Playa Muerto by tender will be a wet landing. The Embera people are one of the seven indigenous groups of Panama, predominately living in the country’s Darien province. They are well known for their traditional handicrafts and well-preserved traditions. We return to the ship for lunch and sailing overnight to Panama City. Immigration procedures will take place late tonight as enter Panama.

Day 7 Panama City
Rise early in Panama City and choose between two half day optional activities. First to Gatun Lake and the San Lorenzo Spanish fort. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Centre in Gatun. Alternatively, you could visit the Canal Museum and have time to watch the movement of ships in the locks at Miraflores locks (a device for raising and lowering boats into different stretches of water) and call into Casco Viejo, Panama City's historic, and hippest quarter. Tonight, enjoy a celebratory dinner on board the boat, spending the night at port.

Day 8 Panama City
With no activities planned for today, you will disembark the vessel between 8 and 9 am, after breakfast. The disembarkation will take place at Flamenco Marina in Panama City.
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All This Included
Discover the Central American neighbours of Costa Rica and Panama on an eight-day Adventure Cruising experience. Central America is a place to fall in love with nature – be it dense, wildlife-filled forests, white beaches with irresistible waters, or vast jungle-ringed lakes – and you’ll get to experience it all on this memorable small-ship cruise. Aboard the M/S Panorama, set sail through the Pacific, passing by the thickets of Manuel Antonio National Park, the secondary forests of Corcovado National Park the stunning Coiba Island and Granito de Oro and onwards to Panama’s capital and its grand Canal. Discover a diverse range of wildlife, meet local indigenous groups at an Embera village, and sit back and relax on the sun deck between swims. This is truly a unique corner of Central America, and how better to explore it than on an idyllic cruising voyage.
  • Meals - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Transport - Small Cruise Ship
  • Coiba Island Walking Tour
Highlights
  • Drop anchor in smaller port towns like Quepos away from the larger ships. Because of the size of your adventure cruise, your choices are endless on where to stop.
  • Discover the depths of the Costa Rican jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, taking a guided walk through the thickets of the fragile rainforest with an expert naturalist.
  • On your cruising days, take regular swim stops off the boat, keep learning with on-board lectures from your naturalist guide, or simply laze on the sundeck with a good book – it’s up to you.
  • Meet with one of the seven indigenous groups of Panama on an excursion to an Embera village, discovering their handicrafts, sharing lunch and enjoying a dance with the locals.
  • Cruise into port at the mighty Panama City, a modern city full of history. As the major trading route connecting the Pacific and Adriatic, the Panama Canal is a marvel to see in action.
Accommodations
Cruising: M/Y Panorama
Notes
  • Ages: Min 7
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 50
  • This trip is operated by our partners at Variety Cruises and is best suited to independent travellers who want flexibility from their itinerary. On Variety Cruises, all shore excursions are optional, so you don’t have to pay for an activity you’re not interested in. Trips operated by Variety begin at the port, do not include tips and require solo travellers to pay a mandatory single supplement.
  • This is a small ship Adventure Cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a motorised yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but this cruise focuses more on the destination than onboard activities. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.
  • Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. There will be seasickness tablets on board and your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.
  • For getting to small islets, coves and prime snorkelling spots, it is sometimes necessary to use a Zodiac boat. You will need to be comfortable climbing in and out of one during wet and dry landings.
  • There are no lifts (elevators) on board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs (fitted with handrails) to access all the decks.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.