Unveiled Wonders – Panama to Costa Rica

from $4,895

DATES (2020): April 20, 27* | May 04, 11*

(2021): April 17*, 24 | May 01*

DURATION: 8 Days/7 Nights

EMBARK:  San Jose, Costa Rica

DISEMBARK: Panama City, Panama

SHIP: Safari Voyager

 

All about the Unveiled Wonders – Panama to Costa Rica.

Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, hummingbirds, toucans, and whales! By kayak, skiff, on foot, and small ship—uncover the wonders of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panamá Canal.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • One-night hotel stay in embarkation city—San José or Panamá City
  • Transit the 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

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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
  • premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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.

  1. Day 1 San Jose, 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 ship for embarkation.

    Arrive at least one day early to explore more of Costa Rica – we can arrange a program to suit your interests.

     

  2. Day 2 Curú National Wildlife Refuge

    It’s your first day, and it’s a big one. At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curu—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. Although you might not make it on the Killer Trail, 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.

  3. Day 3 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.

  4. Day 4 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 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.

     

  5. Day 5 Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panama

    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.

    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.

  6. Day 6 Captain's Choice

    Wake up in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches on deck. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. Or, just kick back in a hammock under swaying palms. Then it’s cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views.

     

  7. Day 7 Marine Life Search - Panama 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.

  8. Day 8 Colón /Panamá City, Panamá – Disembarkation

    After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home or to begin your hotel stay or further exploration.

Safari Voyager

A quick clip on the Safari Voyager—discreet, classy, and stealth. She is a leader in expedition functionality and features the fleet’s most advanced skiff launching platform. Comfortable in warm water regions, she’s specifically built to handle the humidity and heat that can challenge lesser-designed vessels. Tropical adventure and wilderness access are always at the forefront. So is the natural landscape.

A seamless extension of the places she sails, the ship and her mostly-local crew exude pura vida (pure life). Handcrafted artwork throughout the vessel and in each cabin pays homage to the regions of Costa Rica and Panamá. Casual in nature, the Safari Voyager is a bit of a show-off, too—take in 270-degrees of view from the top deck or window-to-window in the air-conditioned lounge.

An aft EZ Dock launch platform provides convenient access into and from the water for adventure activities. The vessel is outfitted with kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, snorkel gear, and hiking poles. For rejuvenation and relaxation, guests can take advantage of our wellness amenities with fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.

Depending on the cabin category, singles, doubles, or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: wide panoramic view windows; individually controlled air conditioning; generous storage and closet space; desk and chair; iPod/MP3/MP4 docking stations; TV/DVD player; private bath with shower.

 

Fast Facts

  • Launched: 1982/2016 (renovated)
  • Length: 174 ft
  • Width: 36 ft
  • Cruise Speed: 9 knots
  • Total Staff: 28-32
  • Total Passengers: 62
  • Cabins: 32