Costa Rica & Panama Canal Discovery

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Discover the wonders of Costa Rica and Panama on this breathtaking cruise. First, explore the stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and diverse wildlife of Costa Rica. Tour mangrove forests and swamps, and see monkeys, sloths, jaguars, tapirs, and toucans in their natural habitat. Then sail through the busy shipping lane of the Panama Canal, a marvel of engineering connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Your trip ends in Cartagena, Colombia.


Day 1-2
Puntarenas, on a narrow peninsula jutting into the Pacific, provides an authentic Costa Rican experience with its beaches, seafood and lively carnival atmosphere. It serves as a gateway to natural wonders like Tortuga, Chira and Coco islands, popular for snorkelling, diving and wildlife observation. A short drive away, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a high-altitude rainforest renowned for its biodiversity, is a must-visit destination
Curu Wildlife Refuge
Day 2
Curu Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula has diverse trails through forests, mangroves and beaches. Part of a sustainable farm, it has 232 bird species, including parrots, woodpeckers, and scarlet macaws, and hosts howler and capuchin monkeys. The refuge also aids sea turtles like the Pacific ridley, hawksbill and green sea turtles through an eco-project focusing on artificial reef and coral restoration in Curu Bay.
Isla Tortugas
Day 2
Isla Tortuga, in the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica, is renowned for its scenic beauty, white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Comprising two uninhabited islands, it's considered Costa Rica's most beautiful. Located near the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the island offers hiking, kayaking, snorkelling and diving to explore marine life. Canopy tours with zip-lines offer a thrilling perspective above the treetops.
Day 3
The lively town of Quepos serves as a gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's top attractions. The park offers diverse landscapes, including mountains, mangrove forests, lagoons, beaches and vibrant rainforests. With over 350 species of birds and over 100 species of mammals, the Perezoso trail provides opportunities to spot wildlife, such as scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks, armadillos and sloths who hide in the guarumo trees.
Golfito (for Golfo Dulce)
Day 4
The deep and well sheltered Golfo Dulce, or ‘Sweet Gulf’, borders the Osa Peninsula’s eastern shore. The northeast section of the gulf is part of the 35,000-acre Piedras Blancas National Park, a stunning tract of rainforest that used to be part of Corcovado, and still protects the same amazing biodiversity. As you explore the lush rainforest here, you’ll come face to face with some of the tallest trees in the world, you’ll also come across pretty waterfalls and perhaps also toucans, macaws, anteaters, sloths, howler monkeys and more.
Cebaco Island
Day 5
Cebaco Island, a private island in the Gulf of Montijo off Panama's coast, captivates nature lovers. Verdant forests host diverse flora and fauna, while pristine beaches line the coast. The island's marine life thrives, showcasing vibrant fish in coral reefs, graceful rays in the depths, and majestic sea turtles navigating with unhurried grace.
Darien Jungle, Playa del Muerto
Day 6
The authentic Emberá tribe live in the Darien Jungle, and rarely receive outside visitors.They rely on the jungle, using its plants for food, medicine and clothing. This is a unique opportunity to meet the indigenous people and discover their local customs.This visit offers an immersive look at an ancient culture still thriving in the Panamanian wilderness.
Fuerte Amador (Panama City)
Day 7
Fuerte Amador, the Panama Canal's Pacific terminus, lies at the end of a mile-long manmade causeway, built from the canal's waste materials. Nearby, Frank Gehry's colourful Biomuseo showcases Panama's biodiversity. Miraflores Locks' visitor centre tells the story of this legendary waterway. A short taxi ride away, modern Panama City has evolved around its two historic centres: the conquistador-era Panamá Viejo and 17th-century Casco Viejo.
Cruising Panama Canal
Day 8
Cruising the Panama Canal is a bucket-list experience, navigating a 48-mile waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, eliminating the need for a voyage around Cape Horn. The journey involves passing through three sets of locks, lifting and lowering the ship by up to 85 feet, traversing Gatun Lake, an artificial reservoir, and navigating the narrow Culebra Cut—a 9-mile stretch carved through the Cordillera Central mountain range.
San Blas Archipelago, Lemon Cay
Day 9
Lemon Cay is one of the 49 inhabited islands of the San Blas Archipelago, a network of cays and islands off the coast of Panama. It is a small and secluded island with a pristine white sand beach, turquoise water and palm trees. Lemon Cay is also home to the Guna, a community of indigenous people who live in traditional huts and welcome visitors with their hospitality and culture.
Day 10-11
Within the walled Old City of Cartagena, a historic coastal city in Colombia, 16th- to 18th-century military architecture, unmatched in the Americas, stands tall. Vibrant streets host museums like the Gold Museum, overlooked by the hilltop Castillo San Felipe fortress. Along the picturesque coast, La Boquilla fishing village is known for folkloric drumming and dancing and is the gateway to one of Colombia's largest mangrove forests.