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Unveiled Wonders – Costa Rica and Panama Canal (9 Days)

Cruise Line: UnCruise Adventures
San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama
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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 InterContinental Hotel (April 2018 departures) or DoubleTree Hotel (November 2018–April 2019 departures) for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind, enjoying the hotel's amenities or nearby attractions.

DAY 2
San Jose, Costa Rica
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

The morning is yours to enjoy at leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafés. This afternoon, join your fellow adventurers at our hospitality area in the hotel. After everyone has gathered, travel to the Pacific coast, where you'll board the Safari Voyager and meet your enthusiastic crew.

DAY 3
Curu Reserve, Costa Rica

At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curú—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local "residents" include everything from exotic birds and deer to army ants, frog-eating snakes, 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. A hike on the Finca de Monos trail is prime monkey viewing. They are everywhere. Offshore, the vibrant turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard.

DAY 4
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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 5
Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

A birder's paradise, explore a tropical preserve 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.

DAY 6
Granito de Oro, Panama

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 connect with a dreamy 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. Hop to the park's main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through untouched tropical jungle. Mantled howler monkeys, crested eagles, and four turtle species call Isla Coiba home.

DAY 7
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.

DAY 8
Gulf of Panama Islands, Panama
Panama Canal, Panama

The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and on your last day, it's 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 Panama 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.

DAY 9
Colón, Panama
New Gatún Locks, Panama
Panama City, Panama

After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. Make a stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Take in the views of Gatún Lake and the newly expanded locks. Then your transfer continues, taking you to the airport for your flight home or to begin you optional UnCruise hotel stay.

Unveiled Wonders – Costa Rica and Panama Canal map

What's Included

Included

  • Onboard meals; alcoholic and non beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; complimentary massage

Not Included

  • Port taxes/fees; airfare to and from your home city; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance; optional excursions and land tours

About Us

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A crew member shows you to your cabin. After a short time getting situated, gain your bearings with a spin around the ship before heading to the lounge for a glass of bubbly and to meet your shipmates. And then you’re off! Headed to where the big ships can’t go—in more ways than one. Be sure to pack a go-with-the-flow attitude. There are set itineraries, but in-the-moment decisions with Mother Nature leading the way will happen!. No matter how you travel—with a companion, family, solo, or in a group—connection, place, and adventure are at the heart of your exploration.

Insider Tip

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