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Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal

Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: San Jose to Panamá City

From: $4,895

Season: April - May

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 Panama Canal.

Highlights

  • Panama Canal transit
  • Visit a national park, wildlife refuge, and conservation area
  • Search for untamed wildlife—howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins, sloths
  • Snorkel and beach party on Panama’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 Jose, Costa Rica – Embarkation

Welcome to the land of pura vida! On arrival in the capital city of San Jose, you’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and transferred to the hospitality suite before boarding the Safari Voyager and meeting your enthusiastic crew.

Day 2 - Curu 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 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 6 - 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 7 - Marine Life Search / Panama Canal

The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panama 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 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 8 - Panama 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 your optional UnCruise hotel stay.

Passport required. Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal itinerary map

Dates & Rates

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Dates Direction Master Commander Captain Admiral Jr. Commodore Suite Owners Suite Single Charter
Apr 20, 2020 San Jose to Panama City $4,895 $5,495 $5,895 $6,595 $7,395 $8,495 $7,345 $384,775
Apr 27, 2020 Panama City to San Jose $4,895 $5,495 $5,895 $6,595 $7,395 $8,495 $7,345 $384,775
May 4, 2020 San Jose to Panama City $4,895 $5,495 $5,895 $6,595 $7,395 $8,495 $7,345 $384,775
May 11, 2020 Panama City to San Jose $4,895 $5,495 $5,895 $6,595 $7,395 $8,495 $7,345 $384,775
Apr 17, 2021 Panama City to San Jose $4,995 $5,695 $6,095 $6,795 $7,595 $8,695 $7,495 $396,275
Apr 24, 2021 San Jose to Panama City $4,995 $5,695 $6,095 $6,795 $7,595 $8,695 $7,495 $396,275
May 1, 2021 Panama City to San Jose $4,995 $5,695 $6,095 $6,795 $7,595 $8,695 $7,495 $396,275

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Port taxes/fees: $395. Single fares are "from prices" reflecting the lowest fare available in select cabins. Triple rates are available in designated cabins; inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 62 guests.

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Safari Voyager

National Geographic EndeavourThe 62-guest Safari Voyager is comfortable in warm water regions and built to handle humidity and heat. Casual in nature, the Safari Voyager is a bit of a show-off, too—take in 270-degrees of view from the top deck or window-to-window in the air-conditioned lounge. View ship details...

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