Natural History and Cultural Adventures Aboard the Callisto


Journey along the tropical Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, exploring exquisite natural settings including Manuel Antonio National Park and Panama’s Coiba Island, with its endemic species. Witness life along the Mogue River, home to the Embera Indians, then transit 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.

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.


Costa Rica to Panama

Day 1
Puntarenas Port, Costa Rica / Curu

Embark between 3:00-4:00 pm and sail to Curu Reserve. Evening arrival in Curu. Overnight at anchor.

Day 2
Curu Nature Reserve / Tortuga island

This morning, enjoy an optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local rangers and your on-board naturalist. In the late morning, rejoin the vessel for a short sail to Tortuga Island. Arrive in Tortuga Island at noon for swimming and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters of this paradise island before joining a beach barbecue. Later, you will have more time to enjoy this amazing island. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3
Tortuga Island / Quepos / Manuel Antonio Reserve / Playa Biesanz

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. Enjoy an afternoon sail to nearby Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim (or optional excursion to Savegre River or Forest Canopy and rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz). Tonight, enjoy dinner and a party on board. Late evening sail to Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jimenez. Overnight at sea.

Day 4
Puerto Jimenez Golfo Dulce / Corcovado National Park / Casa Orquideas Private Reserve / Golfito, Panama

Arrive in Puerto Jimenez early in the morning, with an optional Osa Peninsula excursion. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for an easy walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. Return to the ship for a late lunch while crossing Golfo Dulce toward Casa Orquideas. After lunch, reach Casa Orquideas, a beautiful flower sanctuary, by tender. Optional excursion in the grounds and time to swim at the end of the visit. Sail into Golfito Bay and then sail overnight to Coiba Island. Reach Golfito in Golfo Dulce at midnight and an overnight sail to Coiba Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.

Day 5
Coiba island / Granito de Oro island

Morning arrival in Coiba. You can stretch your legs with a morning walking exploration of Coiba followed by a barbecue on deck as the ship makes its way to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon, sail to Punta Patino. Overnight at sea.

Day 6
At Sea / Punta Patino

Spend the morning at sea with an afternoon arrival Punta Patino in San Miguel Gulf. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7
Punta Patino / Darien

Enjoy optional excursion to Punta Patino in Darien 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 mangrove ecosystem. You are welcomed by Embera Indians, one of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well-preserved traditions. You will be invited to share their lunch and dance with them. In the evening, sail to Flamenco Marina, Panama City.

Day 8
Flamenco Marina, Panama City / Panama Canal / Gatun Lake

Early morning arrival in Flamenco Marina, Panama City, with time for optional Panama City excursions. Prepare for an early afternoon canal crossing around 3:00 pm. Cross the Miraflores and the San Pedro Locks to enter Gatun Lake for a day cruise around the lake. Evening at anchor in Gatun Lake.

Day 9
Gatun Lake Exploration / Panama Canal

Spend the day exploring Gatun Lake with a morning excursion to Smithsonian’s Institute facility and a visit to Embera Village. Late in the evening, exit the Gatun Lake at Gatun Locks.

Day 10
Colon 2000 Marina, Colon, Panama

Exit the Canal at the Miraflores Locks in the early hours of the morning. Disembark in Colon between 6:00 to 9:30 am.

Panama to Costa Rica Itinerary-in-Brief

Day 1: Flamenco Marina, Panama City, Panama / Panama Canal Crossing
Day 2: Gatun Lake / Panama Canal Crossing / Panama City, Panama
Day 3: Flamenco Marina, Panama City, Panama
Day 4: Punta Patino Darien
Day 5: Granito de Oro Island
Day 6: Coiba Island / Granito de Oro Island
Day 7: Golfito, Costa Rica  / Casa Oruideas Private Reserve / Corcovado National Park / Puerto Jimenez / Golfo Dulce
Day 8: Quepos / Manuel Antonio Reserve / Playa Biesanz
Day 9: Curu Nature Reserve / Tortuga island
Day 10: Tortuga Island / Puntarenas Port



White-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the world's most beautiful national parks
Coiba Island, a World Heritage Site
Exploration of Gatun Lake
Corcovado National Park, sheltering a wealth of wildlife including scarlet macaws, tapirs, and squirrel monkeys


Length: 10 days
Cost From: $3590  
Arrive: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Depart: Panama City, Panama
Lodging: 9-night cruise aboard a 34-guest expedition 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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