The Darién Jungle, colonial forts, tropical islands, jungles, whales, wildlife, and a Panamá Canal transit! Kayak, hike, snorkel, and explore—nestled along shore from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.
SHIP: M/V Safari Voyager
Included one-night hotel stay in embarkation city; Intercontinental Hotel in San José or Bristol Hotel in Panamá City
- Transit the 48-mile-long Panamá Canal
- Two national parks, one wildlife refuge, and a conservation area
- Hike lush jungle among untamed wildlife—sloths, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws
- Stroll a butterfly- and flower-rich tropical preserve
- Snorkel, kayak and paddle board among Las Perlas, Guna Yala islands, and Granito de Oro
- Marine life search in the Gulf of Panamá
- Discover indigenous cultures of the Guna Indians and Emberá people
- Wildlife viewing in Darién Jungle by motorized dugout canoe
- Bird watching along the Chagres River
- Tour Miraflores Locks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Casco Viejo and Fort San Lorenzo
DAY 1 – Panamá City, Panamá
You’ll be warmly greeted at the airport upon your arrival and transferred to the Bristol Hotel for your overnight stay. Unwind from your day of travel enjoying the hotel’s amenities, or stretch your legs on a walk to nearby city sites and attractions.
Enjoy a morning of leisure or explore nearby city markets and café’s. This afternoon, rendezvous with your shipmates in our Bristol Hotel hospitality area, then board the Safari Voyager for a hearty welcome from your captain and crew. At sunset, watch the city’s glittering lights as you sail into the Pacific.
DAY 3 – Darién Jungle
Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide will help you spot wildlife—astonishingly-colored roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons can be seen fishing for breakfast from the water’s edge. After welcoming formalities at a local Emberá village, they’ll share their customs and stories, and you’ll have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets.
DAY 4 – Darien Jungle / Marine Life Search
Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot. Part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America, your exploration of this mythical jungle reveals the lush forest and exotic wildlife. Back on board, relax and enjoy the changing scenery with the cocktail du jour in hand. Motor toward Las Perlas—the Pearl Islands—where golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings. Keep watch along the way for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, smaller shark species, and early in the migration season, whales.
DAY 5 – Pearl Islands Archipelago / Panamá Canal
The 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of the Pearl Islands are almost entirely uninhabited by humans but play host to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Mid-summer through early-fall, the archipelago is frequented by dolphins and humpbacks—so keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic spinning and telltale blow spouts. Select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape. Take in the whole of it, as you prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting between two seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panamá Canal.
DAY 6 – Chagres River
Once the “world’s most valuable” river and Panamá’s largest, the Chagres was the route by which Incan gold was transported in Colonial times, and today, is a vital artery of the canal. Walk among the battlements and canons of Fort San Lorenzo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. And if conditions allow, see the wild side of the river by skiff, paddle board, and kayak. Hundreds of avian species live in this migration hot-spot—ground cuckoos, crested eagles, trogons, toucans, white hawks, with their “neighbor” monkeys, wild pigs, white tailed deer, and other wildlife.
DAY 7 – Guna Yala
Home to one of the best preserved Native cultures in the Americas, the indigenous province of Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands) encompasses over 360 islands of white sand beaches backed by palm trees and dotted with thatched-roofs. Discover the remarkable heritage of the Guna (or Kuna)—don’t pass on a chance to buy their colorful handcrafted “molas.” Enjoy the natural wonders of these islands with a snorkel in the crystalline Caribbean waters.
DAY 8 – Guna Yala
Another beautiful day awaits in Guna Yala. Slow the pace lazily lounging on a beach or taking an easy stroll in the sand with views of the brilliant sea. Relish one last snorkel, paddle board, or kayak in these beautiful islands. This festive evening includes a special captain’s dinner—toast to your absolutely unforgettable voyage and the adventures you’ve experienced so far.
DAY 10 – 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 13 – 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 14 – 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.
RATES DO NOT 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.
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.
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
Ultimate Costa Rica & Panama - 2017-18
Per Person based on Double Occupancy
|Low Season Rates|
2017- August 25; October 27
|Regular Season Rates|
All Other Dates
|High Season Rates
November 02, 2018
|Jr. Suite Commodore||$12,795||$13,395||$13,595|