Panama to Costa Rica – Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves

Untamed wildlife and wild lands, sail between two seas exploring national parks and a wildlife refuge teeming with colorful birds and wildlife; snorkeling and kayaking in crystal-clear waters; and transit the Panamá Canal.

DATES:  EACH SATURDAY  DECEMBER 2016 through APRIL 2017
DURATION:  8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
EMBARKATION:  PANAMA CITY 
DISEMBARKATION:  SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

** Note: Departures sailing from Panamá to Costa Rica require a 1-night, pre-cruise hotel stay in Panamá City to accommodate an earlier embarkation time.

SHIP: MV SAFARI VOYAGER
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Transit the 48-mile-long Panamá Canal
  • Visit national parks, one wildlife refuge, and conservation area
  • Search for untamed wildlife—sloths, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins
  • Snorkel and beachcomb on Panamá’s Granito de Oro
  • Stroll a butterfly- and flower-rich tropical botanical reserve
  • Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration

ITINERAY

DAY 1 – Panamá City / Panamá Canal – Embarkation**
Welcome to Panamá—the happiest country in the world! On arrival in Panamá City, you’ll be transferred to our hospitality area to join your fellow adventurers. Once everyone has arrived, travel to the Caribbean coast and board the Safari Voyage in Colón. Meet your crew this afternoon 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 56,000 workers to build it. What a way to kick off your week! (** Please see note at bottom of itinerary)

 DAY 2 – Gulf of Panamá Islands
The diverse islands an400x300_CAM_Ithmus_Day-3-Granito_de_Oro.pngd 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 3 – 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.

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DAY 4

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 5 – 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.

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DAY 6

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 7 – Curú 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, including frigate birds and hummingbirds, and army ants and butterflies. Hike in Curú 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 8 – San José, Costa Rica – Disembarkation
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 or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

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RATES INCLUDE:
Group transfers from the airport to the ship on day of embarkation; Group transfer to airport or central location upon; All scheduled landings/excursions; All lectures and briefings onboard; All meals served aboard; Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily; All port fees; Pre-departure materials.

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
Visa and passport fees (if applicable); Airfare; Luggage, trip cancellation and Emergency Evacuation Insurance; Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges; Staff gratuities; fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings; Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal - 2017-18

Cabin CategoryPer Person
Double Occupancy
Master
$4,645
Commander$5,245
Captain$5,645
Admiral$6,345
Commodore$7,045
Owners Suite$8,245
Single Cabin$6,645
Save $600 per person during August 2017.
Rates include $250 per person port charges.
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