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MV Sea Voyager - Treasures of Costa Rica & Panama (with Panamá Canal Transit)
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SAN JOSÉ | MANUEL ANTONIO NP/QUEPOS | MARENCO |  GOLFO DULCE | SECAS ISLANDS | COIBA ISLAND | DARIÉN JUNGLE | PANAMÁ CANAL TRANSIT | COLÓN/PANAMÁ CITY  

This exciting exploration of the Central American Pacific coastline offers an expansive view of the variety of life between Costa Rica and Panamá.  In Costa Rica, enhance your experience when you select from wonderful activities like a nature walk along forest trails, swimming and snorkeling on tropical beaches, or using Zodiacs and kayaks to explore jungle islands in search of flora and fauna.  The lush Darién jungle is still one of the wildest places on the planet, and one can see spectacular bird species, white-faced monkeys, two- and three-toed sloths, brilliantly colored land crabs and a variety of butterflies and insects. We culminate our travels with a voyage through the Panamá Canal, an engineering marvel of locks and lakes, crossing the Central American land bridge from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

Step into another world, when you explore Panamá’s Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest uninhabited tropical forested island in the Americas. Most of the forests are primary and virtually untouched, serving as a haven for birds and mammals found nowhere else on earth, as well as for species that have largely disappeared from the mainland.

Cross the Isthmus of Panamá by ship, traveling though the historic Panamá Canal, named one of the seven wonders of the modern world.  It is vastly different to transit the canal on a small ship, and now is the moment to travel along this waterway between two oceans as has been done for almost a century.

Immerse yourself in the amazing variety of natural treasures that present themselves wherever we drop anchor, to explore the local waters and walk the dazzling beaches and verdant rainforests. Optional adventure activities are available pre or post trip.

*Post Cruise Option to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest is available.

Day Destination Arrival  Departure
Day 1 San José, Costa Rica

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Fly into San José, where we escort you to our select hotel for an overnight stay. The capital of Costa Rica is a vibrant city on a 3,700-foot-high plateau in the middle of the country, surrounded by lush vistas of both green mountains and their valleys. As the largest city and major transportation hub, San José is the center of political, economic and cultural activity. It boasts a mix of historic architecture, modern urban parks, plazas and promenades, and its downtown area is home to restaurants, theaters, museums, a central market and good shopping for wooden and ceramic artwork as well as locally-grown coffee.
Day 2 Manuel Antonio National Park and Quepos, Costa Rica

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After breakfast, we travel by coach to Manuel Antonio National Park for the rest of the afternoon. Although it is Costa Rica's smallest national park, the stunning beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park - coral reefs, vast white-sand beaches ringed by dense evergreen forests, and 12 little isles offshore - makes it an ecological treasure that will enchant us. The trail that winds around the forested cliffs of Cathedral Point affords some spectacular views of the two beaches it bisects. The rainforest is home to two-toed sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys and agouti. Green Kingfishers shimmer in the sun, providing a glimpse of the stunning array of birdlife that can be found here. For swimmers, the Pacific Ocean water is warm and the beaches are fun to share with the myriad of colorful ghost or hermit crabs. We transfer our luggage onto our ship, the M/V Sea Voyager, waiting just around the next point in Quepos. This picturesque town has a lively six-block square of shops, restaurants and lodging, all of which is bounded by a tropical beach in front and hemmed in by primary rainforest behind. The ship's Captain, crew and expedition staff will welcome us on board and brief us on our upcoming expedition.
Day 3  Marenco, Costa Rica

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Marenco is our first destination, just south on Costa Rica's Pacific coast at the northern end of the Osa Peninsula. The Marenco Biological Reserve is laced with trails and encompasses beach, jungle and forest, home to three species of monkeys, toucans, parrots and other exotic wildlife. Manta rays, dolphins and olive ridley sea turtles are frequently spotted near the sandy beaches of the peninsula. One hike leads to a river-fed swimming hole at the mouth of the Rio Claro, right next to the ocean, perfect for a cooling dip and a snack under the trees.
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Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Golfo Dulce, an inlet on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is one of the only three tropical fjords in the world, with a depth of 600 feet in its center. It was once the center of a pre-Columbian culture that was overrun with Spaniards chasing after rumors of hidden gold and riches. It is a sanctuary for marine life such as dolphins, sea turtles, marlin, parrotfish, dorado, red snapper, and over 87 species of stomatopods and decapods. It is a protected region for humpback whales, whale sharks and mollusks for breeding, far from the dangers of the open ocean. Hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback ocean turtles use the large, secluded beaches as their nesting grounds. The tropical rainforest harbors poison dart frogs, anteaters, three-toed sloths, iguanas, and monkeys such as spider, howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys. Scarlet Macaws, toucans and hummingbirds abound as well.
Day 5 Secas Islands, Panama

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The Secas Islands are a small archipelago of 16 volcanic islands 25 miles south of the Panamá mainland in the Gulf of Chiriquí. Archeological excavations on the islands unearthed artifacts and pottery shards that support the belief that the natives of Chiriquí first inhabited the islands in 100 BC. We will go ashore for nature walks, perhaps visiting the blow hole (“bufadora”) on Isla Cavada. We will have the opportunity to explore by Zodiac, kayak in calm bays to explore caves and coves, and snorkel in the marine-life-rich waters. Many fish, white-tip sharks, rays, moray eels, lobster and nudibranchs make their homes among the rocky and coral outcroppings. Colonies of frigatebirds and brown boobies live on Isla Coco, and humpback whales can be seen during their seasonal travels in the region.
Day 6 Coiba Island, Panama

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Coiba National Park is the third largest marine park in the world, and Coiba Island, one of the 38 protected islands, is the largest uninhabited tropical forested island in the Americas. Located some 20 miles off the Pacific coastline of Panamá, this UNESCO World Heritage site is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs on the Pacific side of the Americas, and the waters are teeming with marine life. Eighty percent of the island's forests are primary and virtually untouched, serving as a haven for birds and mammals found nowhere else on earth, as well as for species that have largely disappeared from the mainland. This extraordinary level of preservation is largely due to its 90 years of isolation as a former prison, lending a wilderness feel to our beach and forest walks.
Day 7 Darién Jungle, Panama

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We set sail for the lush rainforest of the Darién jungle, one of the world's most biodiverse regions, surrounded by the Sierra de Jungurudó Mountains. Darién National Park, declared a World Heritage site in 1981, is the largest in Central America and includes five distinct life zones. The people of the Darién jungle are the semi-nomadic Wounaan and Emberá, who often decorate their bodies with black geometric tattoos. Their dugout canoes can navigate every stream and they still use blowpipes for hunting. Birding walks offer a good chance of seeing weaver birds, Yellow-bellied Great Kiskadees, Red-cheeked Woodpeckers, macaws and the elusive Harpy Eagles, plus many other species. Mammals in the forest may include tapirs, sloths, capybaras and anteaters. We use small boats to look for birds, butterflies and mammals on our way to visiting an Emberá village for a closer look at their traditions and culture.
Day 8 Panamá Canal Transit, Panama

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Inaugurated in 1914, the Panamá Canal has been named one of the seven wonders of the modern world. We begin our transit of the Panamá Canal on the Pacific side at the two-stage Miraflores Locks, rising rapidly to the level of Miraflores Lake, and then we progress through the canal, eventually reaching Gatún Lake. Once through that lake, we begin our descent via the Gatún Locks, a three-stage lock that brings us back down to sea level on the Atlantic side. It is an engineering wonder: 48 miles of an elaborate system of locks and lakes through which cargo vessels, cruise ships and military vessels traverse the isthmus separating the Atlantic from the Pacific. The canal is currently undergoing a massive expansion. Although the Panamá Canal completion in 1914 makes it seem like a fairly modern idea, the first plans were drawn up in 1529 by the Spaniards. Now it can be visited as it was intended to be used - from inside the marvel itself, on a ship.
Day 9 Colón, Panama to Panamá City, Panama

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We disembark at the port of Colón to board our coach to Panamá City, the center of finance and commerce between two oceans and two continents. It has been referred to as the “Manhattan of the Tropics,” with its sophisticated infrastructure of skyscrapers abutting districts of ancient churches and colonial buildings, all permeated with a Latin flavor. If time permits before your flight departs, we will visit Casco Antiguo, the World Heritage Site which is the historic area of Panamá City – built in 1673 as a walled city to protect against pirate attacks like the one that destroyed the original settlement in 1671.


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