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Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal

Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal

At a glance

Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights

Coverage: San Jose to Panamá City

From: $4,595

Season: January - April, November - December

Activities: Culture, Kayaking, Snorkling, Wildlife

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Uncruise Adventure Cruises

Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, hummingbirds, toucans, and whales! By kayak, skiff, on foot, and small ship—uncover the wonders of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panamá Canal.

Highlights

  • One-night hotel stay in embarkation city—San José or Panamá City
  • Transit the Panamá Canal
  • Visit national parks, one wildlife refuge, and conservation area
  • Search for untamed wildlife—sloths, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins
  • Snorkel and beachcomb on Panamá’s Granito de Oro
  • Stroll a butterfly- and flower-rich tropical botanical reserve
  • Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - San José, 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 for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind, enjoying the hotel’s amenities or nearby attractions.

Day 2 - San José, Costa Rica – Embarkation

The morning is yours to enjoy at leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafes. This afternoon, join your fellow adventurers at our 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.

Day 3 - Curú National Wildlife Refuge

At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curu—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. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board.

Day 4 - Osa Conservation Area

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

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 Oso Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.

Day 6 - Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, 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 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.

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 - Marine Life Search / Panamá Canal

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 a skiff exploration. And watch for mobula rays flying across the water. Later, transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panamá 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 - Panamá City – Disembarkation

After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. Make a stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Take in the views of Lake Gatun 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.

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

Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal itinerary map

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction Master Commander Captain Admiral Jr. Commodore Suite Owners Suite Single Charter
Nov 9, 2018 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,595 $5,195 $5,595 $6,295 $6,995 $8,195 $6,895 $345,495
Nov 16, 2018 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,595 $5,195 $5,595 $6,295 $6,995 $8,195 $6,895 $345,495
Nov 23, 2018 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,595 $5,195 $5,595 $6,295 $6,995 $8,195 $6,895 $345,495
Nov 30, 2018 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,595 $5,195 $5,595 $6,295 $6,995 $8,195 $6,895 $345,495
Dec 7, 2018 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,595 $5,195 $5,595 $6,295 $6,995 $8,195 $6,895 $345,495
Dec 14, 2018 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,595 $5,195 $5,595 $6,295 $6,995 $8,195 $6,895 $345,495
Dec 21, 2018 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Dec 28, 2018 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Jan 4, 2019 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Jan 11, 2019 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Jan 18, 2019 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Jan 25, 2019 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Feb 1, 2019 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Feb 8, 2019 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Feb 15, 2019 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Feb 22, 2019 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Mar 1, 2019 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Mar 8, 2019 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Mar 15, 2019 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Mar 22, 2019 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Mar 29, 2019 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Apr 5, 2019 San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095
Apr 12, 2019 Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica $4,795 $5,395 $5,795 $6,495 $7,195 $8,395 $7,195 $358,095

Ships

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...