Summary : 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 48-mile-long Panama Canal. Explore two national parks, one wildlife refuge, and a conservation area. Search for wildlife—sloths, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins. Snorkel and beachcomb on Panamá’s Granito de Oro, and stroll through a butterfly- and flower-rich tropical botanical reserve.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Welcome to the land of pura vida! On arrival in the capital city of San Jose, you’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and transferred to the Intercontinental Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind, enjoying the hotel’s amenities or nearby attractions.
The next morning is yours to enjoy at leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafes. This afternoon, join your fellow adventurers at the hospitality area in the Intercontinental Hotel. After everyone has gathered, travel to the Caldera Port on the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll board the Safari Voyager and meet your enthusiastic crew.
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.
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.
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 Osa Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.
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.
Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge is home to a large colony of red-throated frigate birds and is a nesting site for sea turtles. Then there’s the islands namesake—iguanas. Both black and green species are found here. Below the surface, the coral reef teems with life, and maybe a turtle or two. Snorkel, hike, kayak. Which to choose? Why not all! Pull on your mask and flutter kick among colorful fish and crackling coral. Your guide leads a walk through foliage-covered trails sharing the island’s history—military, homestead, and refuge. It’s a smooth kayak among the mangroves. Relax and take it all in on a sun-warmed white sand beach. These waters are home to whales. With a tropical cocktail and binocs in-hand, watch for humpbacks from the bow.
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 an exciting skiff exploration, or stroll a charming coastal village that boasts the hemisphere's second oldest church. Later today, 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 9,000 workers to build it. Celebrate this absolutely unforgettable voyage with a special farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting the week’s adventures.
Enjoy an early breakfast aboard the Safari Voyager and bid your crew farewell. You’ll disembark in Colón and be transferred to the Panama City airport for your flight home.
Due to the nature of expedition traveling, itineraries are guidelines and can change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Reverse Itinerary: (Panama City to San Jose)
6/23/2017, 8/4/2017, 8/18/2017, 11/3/2017, 11/17/2017, 12/1/2017, 12/15/2017, 12/29/2017, 1/12/2018, 1/26/2018, 2/9/2018, 2/23/2018, 3/9/2018, 3/23/2018, 4/6/2018, 4/20/2018, 6/29/2018
Photography Departure: 11/24/2017, 12/1/2017, 4/20/2018, 4/27/2018
A professional photographer guest host guides you on capturing the perfect shots—onboard, in-the-field, and one-on-one.
Marine Biology: 8/28/2017
Learn about the amazing aquatic world all around and beneath you with your onboard marine expert during excursions and in-depth presentations.
Birding Departure: 12/8/2017, 12/15/2017, 1/19/2018, 1/26/2018
Join renowned bird experts on a discovery of the unique habits and characteristics of the winged creatures you encounter.
Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional activities; port fees and taxes; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; gratuities; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.