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Panama to Costa Rica Voyage

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All about the Panama to Costa Rica Voyage.

Join us on our incredible voyage to destinations that are outstanding for nature and wildlife from Panama’s remote Darien Province, which is practically inaccessible other than by air or ship, to Punta Patino Nature Reserve and Piedras Blancas National Park (Costa Rica’s newest park).Piedras Blancas is an important gathering point for many birds from North and South America. Here we’ll be looking to add color to our lives (and birding checklists) by keeping a watchful eye for gorgeous violaceaous trogon, red-capped manakin, long-tailed hermit, fiery-billed aracari, scarlet-thighed dacnis and green honeycreeper. Other famed national parks we’ll be exploring include Soberanía, home to over 530 species of birds and 105 species of mammals, as well as Carara, a sanctuary for scarlet macaws.We will also search for diverse marine life while swimming and snorkeling in Coiba National Park and Caño Island Biological Marine Reserve. Our itinerary features swimming, snorkeling, beautiful beaches, hiking and more for a well-rounded adventure — plus, the comforts of a deluxe yacht, the Voyager.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* Guided tours & lectures by native naturalists
* Services of experienced expedition leaders
* All meals on voyage
* Wildlife excursions on land & by skiff
* Full educational program with lectures & field interpretation
* Local beer and wine with meals onboard  
* Tips to porters & waiters for included meals
* Pre- and post-cruise accommodations as outlined in the itinerary
* Arrival & departure transfers 

  1. Day 1 Fly independently to Panama City 

    Fly independently to Panama City, where you spend tonight at our overnight hotel*Accommodation:* Gamboa Rainforest Lodge

  2. Day 2 Soberania National Park and Gatun Lake/Embark Voyager

    Meet your naturalist guide over coffee, pastries and fruit before heading to Soberanía National Park. The park boasts an impressive list of over 530 species of birds, as well as 105 species of mammals and 59 endemic plant species. Visit the Rainforest Discovery Center, where you spot canopy bird species from the 100-foot observation tower. Continue exploring the network of trails and enjoy the hummingbird feeders that provide up-close views of 10 species of hummingbirds! Enjoy boating across Gatun Lake — part of the Panama Canal. After lunch overlooking an operating lock, visit the exhibit hall and see a presentation by the Panama Canal Authority. Later, visit the Biodiversity Museum, an affiliate of Smithsonian. Embark Voyager and sail to the Darién.*Accommodation:* MY Variety Voyager

  3. Day 3 Head into the mangroves and estuaries of Panama’s remote Darién

    Board local boats heading into the mangroves and estuaries of Panama’s remote Darién, watching for roseate spoonbill, Amazon kingfisher, white ibis and heron, as well as waders such as willet, whimbrel and spotted sandpiper. A specialty of the area is the black oropendola. Journey through red, black and button mangroves to an Embera community.*Accommodation:* MY Variety Voyager 

  4. Day 4 Punta Patino Nature Reserve is one of the best places in Panama to spot harpy eagles

    Punta Patino Nature Reserve contains species-rich primary and secondary forest, and is one of the best places in Panama to spot harpy eagles. Observe blue-footed boobies in a nearby rookery along with mangroves where birds, marine life and other wildlife make their home. Also explore estuaries and shorelines from our small boats. Spend your afternoon strolling trails within the reserve before the Voyager departs for Isla de Coiba.*Accommodation:* MY Variety Voyager

  5. Day 5 Savor a relaxing day with fascinating lectures as we sail across the Gulf of Panama

    Savor a relaxing day with fascinating lectures as we sail across the Gulf of Panama and arrive at Isla de Coiba. Our first call is the Coiba National Park Ranger Station, where a naturalist-guided nature walk introduces you to the islands.*Accommodation:* MY Variety Voyager

  6. Day 6 Swim and snorkel among an amazing world of coral and fish life directly from the beach

    Swim and snorkel among an amazing world of coral and fish life directly from the beach. Walk along Los Monos Trail through sections of virgin primary forest, where bi-colored hawk, white-throated thrush, lance-tailed manakin and endemic brown-backed dove are found. Head toward the central station of the old penal colony, where you are free to roam the installations of the once notorious prison. Discover a wide array of flora and fauna along the Hot Springs Trail — flanked by primary rainforest and mangroves. The main attraction here is the endemic Coiba spinetail, more often observed here than anywhere else on the island. Also watch for both howler and white-faced monkeys.*Accommodation:* MY Variety Voyager

  7. Day 7 Head to Peidras Blancas National Park, Costa Rica’s newest national park

    Head to Peidras Blancas National Park, Costa Rica’s newest national park. There are hundreds of rare plant, animal, and insect species found in this verdant forest, as well as a large number of amphibians and other reptiles. Some of the most common wildlife found here are howler monkey, white-nose capuchin, coatis, toucan and scarlet macaw. Piedras Blancas is considered one of the best bird watching parks in the country.*Accommodation:* MY Variety Voyager

  8. Day 8 Explore Central America’s largest protected mangrove area

    Explore Central America’s largest protected mangrove area. Venture into countless channels among the mangroves crisscrossing this vitally important Terraba-Sierpe National Humid Forest Reserve. Expect to encounter caiman, American crocodile, primates, river turtle and coatis. Birders may delight in sightings of yellow mangrove warbler, common potoo and frigatebird. The waters of Caño Island Biological Marine Reserve play host to a huge variety of fish, whales and sharks. With fantastic underwater visibility, one may see sea turtles, dolphins, rays and barracuda. After dinner, the Voyager sails to Puerto Caldera.*Accommodation:* MY Variety Voyager

  9. Day 9 Carara National Park is a sanctuary for scarlet macaw

    Carara National Park is a sanctuary for scarlet macaw. After lunch in a local restaurant, take small boats on the Río Tárcoles and into nearby mangroves, looking for bird species, mammals and endangered American crocodiles. Our hotel is located near Carara.*Accommodation:* Villa Lapas

  10. Day 10 Spend a full day hiking and birding in the forests of Carara

    Spend a full day hiking and birding in the forests of Carara, watching for trogons, toucans and white-faced capuchin monkeys. Those who don’t want to spend the full day in the reserve can enjoy a guided walk along the five suspended bridges, ascending more than 180 feet into the rainforest canopy, or simply relax by the pool while savoring the lush nature surrounding Villa Lapas. Everyone comes back together this evening for a festive farewell dinner.*Accommodation:* Villa Lapas

  11. Day 11 Transfer to the airport in San José for flights home

    Transfer to the airport in San José for flights home

Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
December 20, 2019
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$7,248.00
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