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Adventures In Panama & Costa Rica

Adventures In Panama & Costa Rica

At a glance

Duration: 11 or 12 Days

Coverage: Colón to Puerto Caldera

From: $3,299

Season: January, December

Activities: Culture, History, Wildlife

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Wind Star Cruises

Experience the full majesty of Costa Rica and Panama’s natural and man-made wonders on this 11- or 12-day Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruise. Wiggle your toes in Panama’s white-sand beaches, world-famous Playa Flamingo beach and the black sands of Bahia Herradura. Explore rainforests and cloudforests that are bastions of biodiversity. Transit the Panama Canal, appreciating its incredible scale and triumph of engineering in a way those on mega-cruise ships never will.

Highlights

  • Onboard presentations from a Costa Rican Naturalist throughout your cruise
  • A voyage that encompasses the entire region from the tropical dry forest to the tropical rainforest to bustling Panama City
  • The coastline beauty of Golfo Dulce’s rainforest flora and tropical creatures like monkeys and sloths
  • An opportunity to view the plentiful marine life surrounding Isla Parida
  • Daylight transit of the Panama Canal, one of the greatest feats of 20th century engineering
  • Shop for traditional Panamanian crafts made by the Kuna Indians
  • Discover the remote and pristine Caribbean coastline of Panama at Bocas del Toro
  • This cruise utilizes wet landings to get you up-close to natural wonders. Zodiacs, rugged inflatable boats, deliver you directly from the yacht to the beach, where you will disembark directly in the water.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Colón, Panama

Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy.

Day 2-3 - Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama

One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City. In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethals Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.

Day 4 - Pearl Islands, Panama

The most frequented of the Pearl Islands (known and named for the large pearls found there), Isla Contadora is small, covering less than 1 square mile. It was the island the Spanish stopped at to count the harvested pearls collected prior to returning to Spain. The pearls found around these islands were of many colors and sizes and the industry thrived until the early 1900s when an underwater epidemic killed most of the pearl oysters. These islands offer white-sand beaches and warm, turquoise waters. There is excellent snorkeling and it became a vacation destination in the early 1970s. Activities here include deep-sea fishing and SCUBA diving.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Isla Parida, Panama

Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long. The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to Windstar's Signature Beach Party on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.

Day 7 - Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica

Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America.

Day 8 - Bahia Drake, Costa Rica

Bahia Drake, a UNESCO site, offers a wide variety of activities for you. Explore the vast rainforest and expansive mangroves – home to monkeys, crocodiles, and more. Traverse the rainforest’s canopy on a zipline tour or join a naturalist guide on a horseback ride. Snorkel the waters off Cano Island, where sea turtles, dolphins, parrot fish, manta rays and more reside. Join a hiking tour through the peaceful green world of the Osa Biological Corridor listening for red macaws, toucans and other small mammals.

Day 9 - Quepos, Costa Rica

The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.

Day 10 - Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica

The coastal area of Bahia Herradura is known worldwide as the fishing capital of Costa Rica. It is a popular tourist destination with close proximity to Jaco Beach, with its excellent surfing conditions. This area offers many other outdoor recreational options along the black-sand beaches lined with palm trees. You will not have to worry about running out of daylight regardless of the time you visit because the sun rises and sets at the same time in Costa Rica all year long.

Day 11 - Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity by adding a land package to your cruise. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles.

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Dates & Rates

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Dates Days Direction Category B Category BX Deluxe Category A Category AX Deluxe Owner's Suite
Dec 22, 2018 12 Puerto Caldera to Colón $4,199 $4,299 $4,499 $4,699 $6,699
Jan 2, 2019 11 Colón to Puerto Caldera $3,999 $4,299 $4,499 $4,799 Call
Mar 2, 2019 11 Colón to Puerto Caldera $3,899 $4,199 $4,399 $4,699 Call

*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.

Ships

Wind Star

Wind StarSailing with a mere 148 guests, the luxurious Wind Star is like being on your own private yacht. The ship was recently updated with contemporary furnishings and enhanced spaces. Gourmet cuisine is served course-by-course nightly in AmphorA, while the Veranda offers breakfast and lunch made to order or in fresh “market-style” buffets. For a special treat, make a reservation to dine under the stars at Candles Grill, our romantic outdoor deck restaurant. Additional Wind Spirit amenities include the luxurious WindSpa, a pool and whirlpool, the Watersports Platform with complimentary water toys, a Casino, and our international crew of 90 on hand for 24-hour pampering. View ship details...