Ultimate Costa Rica and Panama (16 Days)

Cruise Line: UnCruise Adventures
Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica
Dates: 02 Nov 2018 - 17 Nov 2018

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02 Nov 2018
Panama City, Panama

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 sights and attractions.

03 Nov 2018
Panama City, Panama

Enjoy a morning of leisure, or explore nearby city markets and cafés. 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.

04 Nov 2018
Mogué River, Panama

Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogué 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.

05 Nov 2018
Punta Patiño, Panama

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 onboard, 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 depending on the migration season, whales.

06 Nov 2018
Pearl Islands, Panama
Panama Canal, Panama

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 Panama Canal. Join your shipmates on deck for a toast as the canal lights up and the temperature subsides. (Time varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for your evening transit.)

07 Nov 2018
Portobelo, Panama

A UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 1500s, Portobelo has a rich history including notable characters like Henry Morgan, Francis Drake, and Christopher Columbus. Stroll the passageways of this quaint colorful village surrounded by jungle. You can sense the past of pirates and explorers before you. Imagine their approach while you take in the views of Portobelo from a kayak or skiff in the bay.

08 Nov 2018
Guna Yala, Panama

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.

09 Nov 2018
Guna Yala, Panama

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, paddleboard, 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.

10 Nov 2018
Colón, Panama
Gamboa, Panama
New Gatún Locks, Panama
Colón, Panama
Panama Canal, Panama

With an early start, you're off to Gamboa for an exploration of Gatun Lake, once the largest man-made lake in the world. Watch for toucans, osprey, Geoffroy's tamarins, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, and passing cargo ships—a striking contrast to the surrounding jungle. After lunching at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, stop at the Agua Clara Locks—built to accommodate massive Neopanamax cargo ships. See the locks in action before returning to the ship in time for happy hour and your reverse canal transit back to the Gulf of Panama. Laundry service is provided today.

DAY 10
11 Nov 2018
Gulf of Panama Islands, Panama

Cruise through the diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panama. Hosting hundreds of avian species have your binoculars handy for superb bird watching. And look for a silvery glint streaking across the water—it could be mobula rays taking flight. This evening, as you sail further away from civilization, you can almost chart your course by the stars.

DAY 11
12 Nov 2018
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 12
13 Nov 2018
Isla Coiba, 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.

DAY 13
14 Nov 2018
Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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.

DAY 14
15 Nov 2018
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 15
16 Nov 2018
Curu Reserve, Costa Rica

It's your last day, and it's a big one. 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, 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. Cap off your week with a celebratory farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for slideshow highlighting the week's adventures.

DAY 16
17 Nov 2018
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica

Enjoy an early breakfast onboard and say adios to your crew. Upon arrival at the Caldera Port, you'll be transferred to San José to connect with your flight home, or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

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What's 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.

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Shore Excursions

Panama City, Panama - 02 Nov 2018

Panama City, Panama - 03 Nov 2018

Panama Canal, Panama - 06 Nov 2018

Portobelo, Panama - 07 Nov 2018

Colón, Panama - 10 Nov 2018

Gamboa, Panama - 10 Nov 2018

New Gatún Locks, Panama - 10 Nov 2018

Colón, Panama - 10 Nov 2018

Panama Canal, Panama - 10 Nov 2018

Gulf of Panama Islands, Panama - 11 Nov 2018

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica - 17 Nov 2018

San Jose, Costa Rica - 17 Nov 2018

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