Journey along the tropical Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, exploring exquisite natural settings including Manuel Antonio National Park and Panama’s Cebaco Island, with its endemic species. Witness life along the Mogue River, home to the Embera Indians, then explore vibrant Panama City. 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. Reverse departures are also offered.
Our Costa Rican naturalist was excellent. She was knowledgeable, energetic, and interacted with the passengers effectively.
— Carol S., Cleveland Heights, OH
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
Puerto Caldera Port, Costa Rica
Embark between 3:00-4:00 pm and sail to Quepos. Overnight at anchor.
Quepos / Playa Biesanz
Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve, for your morning optional excursion, one of the highlights of the cruise. After lunch you can take one of the optional Forest Canopy or Savegre River excursions. Enjoy an afternoon sail to nearby Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim (or if on one of the optional excursions you will 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.
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. Cruise into Golfito Bay and then overnight sail to Cebaco Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.
Caleta Caiman / Restingue Island
Morning arrival in Caleta Caiman on Restingue Island for an amazing swimming and snorkeling experience in this little paradise island. Around noon, sail to nearby Cebaco Island. Beach BBQ and time to swim and enjoy the beautiful beach. Early afternoon, sailing to Punta Patino. Overnight at sea.
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. Overnight at anchor.
Early morning sailing to Pearl Islands. Morning swimming, snorkeling and beach BBQ. Early afternoon sailing to Panama City. After passing through immigration procedures, enjoy an optional excursion to Old Panama - Casco Viejo. Overnight in port.
Morning optional excursion to the Gatun Lake, passing through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks, and explore Fort San Lorenzo Spanish Historical Forts. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center in Gatun and enjoy lunch there. Return to Panama City and visit the Canal Museum and watch the movements of ships in the locks. Farewell Dinner and overnight in port.
Flamenco Marina, Panama City / Disembark
Disembark in Flamenco Marina, Panama City, between 6:00 to 9:30 am.
Panama to Costa Rica Itinerary-in-Brief
Day 1: Flamenco Marina, Panama City, Panama
Day 2: Gatun Lake / Panama City, Panama
Day 3: Pearl Islands, Panama
Day 4: Punta Patino / Darien
Day 5: Caiman Caleta / Restingue Island
Day 6: Golfito, Costa Rica / Casa Oruideas Private Reserve / Puerto Jimenez / Golfo Dulce
Day 7: Quepos / Playa Biesanz
Day 8: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica / Disembark