Natural History and Cultural Adventures aboard the Variety Voyager

Overview

Journey by 72-guest yacht along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, exploring the natural settings of Manuel Antonio and Isla Coiba, witnessing life in the San Blas Islands, then cross the celebrated Panama Canal. Each day, you’ll discover a new port of call, a hidden cove, crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim, and rich tropical flora and fauna to intrigue you.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Costa Rica to Panama

Day 1, Sunday
Puntarenas Port, Costa Rica / Curu, Costa Rica
Embarkation at 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Sail to Curu Reserve. Evening arrival in Curu. Overnight at anchor.
Day 2, Monday
Curu, Costa Rica / Tortuga Island, Costa Rica
Morning optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local Rangers and the on board naturalist. In the late morning, rejoin the Voyager for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. Arrive in Tortuga Island at noon for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of this paradise island before joining in for your Beach BBQ. Later on, have more time for enjoying this amazing island. Overnight at anchor.
Day 3, Tuesday
Quepos, Costa Rica
Very early in the morning, leave Tortuga Island for Quepos. Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve, one of the highlights of the cruise. Our optional morning excursion takes you to the Manuel Antonio park which consists of three magnificent white-sand beaches that are backed by a jungle sheltering hundreds of fascinating plant species. Naturalists lead walks to outstanding wildlife viewing. Manuel Antonio offers well-maintained trails where you can explore the jungle on your own or join a walk with one of the naturalist guides. You may wish to see the small shopping area, relax on the white-sand beach, or take a swim. Optional afternoon excursions (an "on your own" expense"): Forest Canopy Tour or Savegre River. Tropical evening with dinner and party. Late evening sail to Puerto Jimenez in Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea.
Day 4, Wednesday
Puerto Jimenez / Golfo Dulce / Casa Orquideas Private Reserve / Golfito, Costa Rica
Reach Puerto Jimenez early in the morning. Morning optional Osa Peninsula excursion. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. Return to the ship for a late lunch while you cross Golfo Dulce towards Casa Orquideas. You reach Casa Orquideas and tender to this beautiful flowers sanctuary. Optional walking excursion  in  extensive and very well-preserved grounds. Time to swim at the end of the visit. Sail into Golfito Bay in Golfo Dulce where you arrive at midnight for immigration procedures and then sail overnight to Coiba Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.
Day 5, Thursday
Coiba Island / Granito De Oro Island, Panama
Morning arrival in Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America. Optional morning walking excursion. Our Ship Naturalist will take you for a short walk up hill to discover the local forest and animal life. After your beach  BBQ on Coiba, sail to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. The waters are teeming with marine life. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coasts of the Americas and marks the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain that also includes Coco's and the Galapagos. This makes it a unique underwater experience you shouldn't miss. In the afternoon, leave Granito de Oro and sail to Punta Patino in Darrien. Overnight at sea.
Day 6, Friday
Punta Patino / Darrien, Panama
Morning arrival at Punta Patino in the San Miguel Gulf. Optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National park  and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. Sail upstream the Mogue river in dugout canoes and reach the Village of Mogue after passing through a mangroves ecosystem. We are welcomed by Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions. You'll be invited to eat lunch and dance with them. In the afternoon, return to the ship. Afternoon sailing to Panama City. Overnight at sea.
Day 7, Saturday
Amador / Flamenco Marina, Panama / Panama Canal Crossing / Colon, Panama
Arrival in the morning at Flamenco Marina in Amador, Panama City. Morning optional excursion to Casco Viejo, Panama City old Colonial Quarter  and  to the Panama Canal site (Miraflores Locks and Museum). Lunch on board. At 2:00 pm, start preparing for the Panama Canal crossing starting at 5:00 pm. Cross the Miraflores and the San Pedro Locks before reaching the Gatun locks on the Atlantic side. We cross the Gatun Locks in the early hours.
Day 8, Sunday Colon / Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Colon / Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Arrival in Colon/Shelter Bay Marina at 6:00 am. Disembarkation 6:30 to 9:30 am.

Panama to Costa Rica

Day 1, Sunday
Colon / Shelter Bay Marina, Panama / Panama Canal Crossing
Embarkation 1:00  to 1:30 pm. At 2:30 pm, sail to the canal entrance area. Cross the Gatun Locks and enter the Gatun Lake. Later during the night, cross the San Pedro and Mirafllores locks and reach Flamenco Marina, Panama City in the early hours.
Day 2, Monday
Amador Marina / Panama City, Panama
Morning optional excursion to Casco Viejo, Panama City, the old Colonial Quarter and, the Panama Canal site (Miraflores Locks and Museum). Time at leisure after late lunch to visit the Amador Marina or go to town for shopping. Late evening sail to Punta Patino in Darrien. Overnight at sea.
Day 3, Tuesday
Punta Patino / Darrien, Panama
Morning arrival in Punta Patino in the San Miguel Gulf. Optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. Sail upstream the Mogue river in dugout canoes and reach the Village of Mogue after passing through a mangroves ecosystem. We are welcomed by Embera Indians, one of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly people, known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions. You'll be invited to eat lunch and dance with them. In the afternoon, return to the ship. Early afternoon sailing to Coiba Island. Overnight at sea.
Day 4, Wednesday
Coiba Island / Granito De Oro Island, Panama
Morning arrival in Coiba Island a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America. Optional morning walking excursion. Your Ship Naturalist will take you for a short walk up hill to discover the local forest and animal life. After your beach BBQ on Coiba, sail to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. The waters are teeming with marine life. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coasts of the Americas and marks the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain that also includes Coco's and the Galapagos. This makes it a unique underwater experience you shouldn't miss. Late in the afternoon, leave Granito de Oro and sail to Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea.
Day 5, Thusday
Golfito, Costa Rica / Casa Orquideas Private Reserve / Puerto Jimenez / Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Reach Golfito early in the morning for immigration procedures before continuing your sailing on to nearby Casa Orquideas where you anchor. Reach Casa Orquideas and tender to this beautiful flowers sanctuary. Optional walking excursion and visit of the extensive and very well preserved grounds. Time to swim at the end of the visit. Sail across the Bay to Puerto Jimenez while having a deck BBQ. Optional excursion to the Osa Peninsula Reserve The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. Return to the ship for dinner. Overnight at sea to Quepos.
Day 6, Friday
Quepos, Costa Rica
Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve. Our optional excursion takes us to the Manuel Antonio park which consists of three magnificent white-sand beaches that are backed by a jungle sheltering hundreds of fascinating plant species. Naturalists lead walks to outstanding wildlife viewing. Manuel Antonio offers well-maintained trails where you can explore the jungle on your own or join a walk with one of the naturalist guides. You may wish to see the small shopping area, relax on the white-sand beach, or take a swim. Optional afternoon excursion (an "on your own" expense"): Forest Canopy Tour or Savegre River. Tropical evening with dinner and party. Overnight at sea.
Day 7, Saturday
Curu, Costa Rica / Tortuga Island, Costa Rica

Morning optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local Rangers and your on board naturalist. In the late morning, rejoin the Voyager for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. Arrive in Tortuga Island at noon for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of this paradise island before joining in for our Beach BBQ. Later on you have more time for enjoying this amazing island. Overnight at anchor in Tortuga or sailing to Puntarenas depending on  sea conditions.
Day 8, Sunday
Puntarenas Port, Costa Rica
Arrival in Puntarenas Port at 8:00 am. Disembarkation between 9:00 and 10:00 am.

Highlights

Highlights

White-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park
Coiba Island, a World Heritage Site
Panama Canal crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic
San Blas Islands, home to the Kuna Indians

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $3190  
Arrive: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Depart: Colon, Panama
Lodging: 7-night cruise aboard a deluxe vessel
Meals: All meals on board
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours, snorkeling

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