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Pure Panamá: Cultures, Coasts & Canal

Pure Panamá: Cultures, Coasts & Canal

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Panamá City, Panamá

From: $4,395

Season: November

Activities: Culture, Kayaking, Snorkling, Wildlife

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UnCruise Adventures

Swashbucklers, a river of gold, and the world’s greatest man-made ditch. Cross the Isthmus of Panamá in search of adventure—the Darién Jungle, colonial history, wildlife, and a Panamá Canal transit.


  • Included one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Panamá City
  • Transit the Panamá Canal
  • Kayak, paddle board, and snorkel among Las Perlas and the Guna Yala islands
  • Exchanges with Guna and Emberá villagers
  • Explore historic Fort San Lorenzo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Marine life search in the Gulf of Panamá
  • Wildlife viewing in Darién Jungle by motorized dugout canoe and on hikes
  • Bird watching along the Chagres River

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Panamá City, Panamá

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 sites and attractions.

Day 2 - Panamá City / Colón, Panamá – Embarkation

Enjoy a morning of leisure at your boutique hotel or explore nearby city markets and cafés. Later, rendezvous with your shipmates in our hospitality area and then cross the peninsula overland to Colón as you transfer to the Safari Voyager for a hearty welcome from your captain and crew.

Day 3 - Guna Yala

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.

Day 4 - Guna Yala

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. Snorkel, paddle board, or kayak among these picture-perfect islands.

Day 5 - Portobelo / Panamá Canal

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. Later, prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal. (Time varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for your evening transit).

Day 6 - Pearl Islands Archipelago

Golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings on the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of Las Perlas—the Pearl Islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, the islands are 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.

Day 7 - Darién Jungle

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

Day 8 - Darién Jungle / Marine Life Search

Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. Then set sail in search of wildlife, keeping watch for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, smaller shark species, and early in the season for migration, whales. This festive evening includes a special farewell dinner and celebratory slideshow from your expedition team.

Day 9 - Panamá City – Disembarkation

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

A passport is required on this itinerary. Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.

Pure Panamá: Cultures, Coasts & Canal

Dates & Rates

Dates Master Commander Captain Admiral Jr. Commodore Suite Owners Suite Single Charter
Nov 2, 2018 $4,395 $4,995 $5,395 $6,095 $6,795 $7,995 $6,395 $332,495


Safari Voyager

National Geographic EndeavourRefurbished in 2016, the 62-guest Safari Voyager boasts spacious decks and big, 270-degree view windows in the lounge that spotlight the natural surroundings, a casual atmosphere, nautical décor, and full menu of amenities. View ship details...

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