Days
10
Price from
$4,290USD

Travel along the Costa Rican coast and down to the Panama Canal on a memorable small ship adventure cruise

Central America is truly a place to fall in love with nature – be it dense, wildlife-filled forests, white beaches with irresistible waters, or vast jungle-ringed lakes – and you’ll get to experience it all on this memorable small ship adventure cruise. Aboard the M/Y Callisto, surrounded by rich fabrics, woodwork, antiques and fine works of art, cruise down the Pacific Coast and choose to explore lush nature reserves, snorkel among the marine life of idyllic islands, and indulge in beach barbecues. You can travel up river in dugout canoes to a hidden village and spend time with the indigenous locals, swim in crystal clear waters, and enter the locks of the famous Panama Canal. With stops at the likes of Tortuga Island, Puerto Jimenez, Granito de Oro Island, Punta Patino Darrien and Gatun Lake, this trip is a unique way to experience this diverse corner of Central America.


Start
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Finish
Panama City, Panama
Countries
Costa Rica, Panama
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PMSP
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 34

Why we love this trip

  • Costa Rica and Panama are some of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, and you’ll witness their astonishing array of bird, animal and plant species

  • Cross through the locks of the world-renowned Panama Canal and cruise the waters of Gatun Lake

  • Visit an tribe of Panamanian Indians and learn about their way of life

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is small ship cruising. Our ships are beautiful and very comfortable, but they do not have all the facilities of large passenger ships. There is no pool (other than the sea), and no entertainment is put on, other than on theme nights. Dress is very casual at all times.

  • As much as possible, any long periods of cruising will take place at night so that days can be spent exploring. As this is a small ship, most cabins will experience some engine noise. A pair of earplugs may be a good item to bring with you.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve walking. As you will be visiting national parks and nature reserves, some of this walking may be over uneven ground in potentially hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to the Cruise Co-ordinator before taking part.

Itinerary

Embarkation will take place between 3 and 4pm. Once all are on board, we set sail for Curu Reserve
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Before leaving Curu Nature Reserve, take an optional walking tour with our naturalist guide. He will introduce you to the the variety of wildlife that thrives here, including up to 200 species of birds, capuchin and howler monkeys as well as sloths and anteaters.
The reserves includes 4.5 kilometers of coastline with beautiful white sand beaches and tiny coves. Although it is a small reserve, two thirds is preserved as primary forest.
This is one of the most scenic regions of Costa Rica, known for calm seas and transparent waters. There will be time for a swim and some snorkelling before returning to the boat.
Late morning, we will set sail for Tortuga Island, arriving around noon for swimming and snorkelling. Lunch will be a BBQ on the beach and your afternoon at leisure on this amazing island.
Overnight at anchor.

Optional Activities
  • Curu Nature Reserve - EUR50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
PLEASE NOTE - The landing at Curu Nature Reserve will be a wet landing where the zodiac will stop in shallow waters and disembarking will involve a short wade through shallow water to the beach.
Very early in the morning, we weigh anchor and sail to Quepos where there is an optional excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, undoubtedly one of the highlights of this cruise.
Manuel Antonio National Park is the jewel of the Costa Rica's large number of national parks. Its' fragile rainforest ecosystem shelters an abundant wildlife including the easy to see monkeys and a great variety of tropical birds. We will take you by bus to the Park Entrance for your one & half hour guided walk in the dense rainforest. Your local guides and our naturalist will lead you through small trails and you will encounter an extraordinary animal life and a thousand different species of flora. The trail followed is very well maintained and is easy walking with no uphill climbs. Our hike ends with a swim at a park's beach.
In the afternoon, we sail to Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim. (Guests who have taken the Titi Forest Canopy excursion will rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz(
Tonight is our Tropical theme night.
Late evening, we set sail for Puerto Jiminez. Overnight at sea.
Optional Activities
  • Quepos - Titi Forest Canopy Tour - EUR80
  • Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park - EUR60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We reach Puerto Jimenez early in the morning. Morning optional Osa Peninsula excursion. This is a short and easy walk through a very nice patch of secondary forest, where you will have the chance to see up to 4 different kind of monkeys, scarlet macaws and many other species of birds.
Our walking excursion starts after a short walk from where our zodiacs land. The trail and the property are part of one of the Biological Corridor’s for the worldwide known Corcovado National Park. The trail it’s mostly flat and shaded and offers comfortable walking.
After lunch, we reach Casa Orquideas where an optional excursion can be taken to this beautiful private sanctuary. The gardens contain all sorts of tropical plants, and samples of other species brought from all over the world.
We'll have time for a swim before returning to the boat and setting sail for Golfito. At around midnight, we will stop at Golfo Dulce for immigration and ship clearance. Sail overnight to Coiba Island, Panama.
Optional Activities
  • Osa Exploration Walk - EUR57
  • Casas Orquideas Garden Tour - EUR40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning arrival in Isla Coiba for an optional walking exploration. Coiba Island is surrounded by smaller islands which are nicknamed the Galapagos of Panama for their pristine environment and wildlife. The island hosts many species of mammals including some endemic ones like the Coiba Aguti as well as, crocodiles, turtles and lizards. It is also known for its amazing underwater life.
Our Ship Naturalist will take you on a 1 and 1/2 hour hike uphill. Sightings of howler and white faced monkeys are frequent. The views at the top of the island are rewarding and spectacular.
After returning to the ship, we have a deck BBQ while sailing to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon, we leave Granito de Oro and sail to Punta Patino - Darrien - Overnight at sea
Optional Activities
  • Coiba Island Walking Tour - EUR30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
PLEASE NOTE: The Coiba Island excursion involves a medium to strenuous uphill hike.
We sail through the morning, arriving in the afternoon at Punta Patino in the San Miguel Gulf.
Overnight at anchor.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We wake anchored in San Miguel Bay in front of the Punta Patino Reserve.. Take an optional excursion this morning. Right after breakfast, local pirogues will take us to the Mogue River and then upstream. We will enjoy the view of big mangrove forests and sight of herons, egrets, ibis, common black Hawks, king fishers and many other birds. We will reach a settlement, home of the Embera Indians. We are welcomed by the sound of local instruments played by a group of villagers. The Embera paint their bodies with a natural ink called Jagua. The Emberas will show us around their Village made of homes perched on stilts and will perform traditional dances.
Early in the afternoon we will rejoin our pirogues or Cayucos and go downstream to return to the ship before sailing onto Panama City.
Optional Activities
  • Emberra Village Visit - EUR105
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We arrive early morning in Panama City. There will be an optional City excursion
We will visit to the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks, the first locks of the Canal coming from the Pacific Ocean. Observe the movements of the ships in the locks and visit the Canal Museum to better understand how one of the world's most acclaimed engineering marvel was accomplished.
Later we reach, Panama Viejo - Old Panama -for a walking tour and refreshment and some time at leisure.
On returning to the ship, we prepare for an early afternoon canal crossing around 15:00. We cross the Miraflores and the Pedro Miguel Locks to enter the Gatun Lake. Evening at anchor in Gatun Lake

Optional Activities
  • 1/2 Day Panama City Tour - EUR58
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Optional excursion is offered today. Early in the morning our tenders will bring you to the Island where you will be met by the guides who will provide you with information concerning the Barro Colorado Nature Monument and more in particular, about the Smithsonian Institute Research Facility and prepare you for the trail walk. The walk takes between 2 ½ to 3 hours and includes explanations about the different interactions that take place in the forest and existing projects being done on BCI. Scientists research over 120 species of mammals and hundreds of plants and tree species and in fact the facility is one of the most studied places on earth and a prototype for measuring diversity of plants and animal life. The tour also includes a visit to the Visitor's Center.
After the Visitor's Center, you will head to the dining hall to for a cafeteria style lunch featuring a variety of dishes, along with a vegetarian section.
Following lunch, there will be time to ask questions and relax before rejoining the ship by tenders around 3.30 pm.
Late in the evening we once again exit the Gatun Lake at the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks.
Optional Activities
  • Barro Colorado Island Smithsonian Research Institute - EUR83
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We exit the Canal at the Miraflores Locks in the early hours of the morning and reach Flamenco Marina in Panama City- Disembarkation 06:00 to 09:30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 9 nights

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Your adventure cruise ship

Peregrine's adventure cruise ship, Callisto

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Callisto.

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Important notes

Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.
SHORE EXCURSIONS
On this itinerary, shore excursions are optional and are paid on board the ship in Euro’s. The price and a description of these excursions are listed in the day to day itinerary.
BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS
It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.
MINIMUM AGE
Children from the age of 7 can be accommodated on these voyages. Each boat has one cabin category that will accommodate a 3rd person allowing for triple sharing. Any child under the age of 18 must share with an adult.

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