Costa Rica & Panama—Canal, Culture, Adventure—Fitness & Yoga

Small ship adventure cruise exploring Costa Rica and Panamá

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  • Special wellness, mindfulness, and fitness presentations
  • Guide-led whole-body health discussions
  • Beachside and on-deck yoga; walking meditation
  • Guided strength training and core power adventure activities and after hike stretching
  • Panama Canal night transit
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Darien Jungle, Coiba National Park, and Fort San Lorenzo
  • Embera village visit
  • Darien Jungle’s Mogue River by motorized canoe
  • Marine life search in the Gulf of Panama
  • Tropical rainforest hikes—watch for howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins, and sloths
  • Stroll a private butterfly- and flower-rich tropical preserve
  • Snorkel, kayak, and paddle board among Las Perlas and Granito de Oro islet

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San Jose to Panama City



San José, Costa Rica – Embarkation
You’ll be greeted at the airport upon your arrival and swooped off to the hospitality suite before transferring to the vessel for a warm welcome from your captain, crew, and wellness hosts. Toast to adventure over dinner as you sail along the Pacific coast.


Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Greet the day, and week, with sunrise on deck yoga. Then it’s time to explore. At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curu—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local “residents” include everything from exotic birds and deer to leafcutter ants, snake-eating frogs, and hungry crocodiles. Step carefully as you cross the swinging bridge, you don’t want to land on the menu! Land crabs shift in and out of their burrows with such force it’s enough to make the earth move. Trails offer prime howler and spider monkey viewing, and a chance to glimpse the immense blue morpho butterfly. An afternoon beach party offers up a chance to swim, stroll along shore, and a surf-n-turf yoga session on the beach.


Osa Conservation Area
Adventure lies around every bend in the isolated, wild Osa Conservation Area, home to the country’s largest national park, Corcovado. Drake Bay, named after its discoverer Sir Francis Drake and fabled to house the explorer’s hidden treasures, is also known for hundreds of distinct species of plants and trees and its diverse plant and animal species. A whopping 2.5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity is found here—including all four of Costa Rica’s monkeys, tree frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird. Explore this vast area putting feet to trail on an invigorating hike through the jungle. Settle your mind into a state of pura vida through guided walking meditation. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset and retell stories of the day with your travel-mates.


Golfo Dulce
A birder’s haven, explore a botanical reserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies—there’s a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour. Pause for a “mindful minute” on your trek. In Golfo Dulce, the “sweet gulf” which separates Osa Peninsula from the mainland and one of only four tropical fjords on the planet, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by power kayak and skiff. Bottlenose, spotted, and spinner dolphins also swim in the waters of this tucked away wilderness.


Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park
Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at Granito de Oro islet. Offering a little bit of everything despite its small size, volcanic outcroppings at either end of this tiny landmass and a dense, mini-jungle in the center connect with a dreamy white sand beach. Named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites, the water is perfect for a core strength/cardio workout, snorkeling among abundant marine life, and kayaking around rocky outcroppings. Other options for your day of play feature beach yoga and lounging on the warm sand for a casual beach party with the local hermit crabs. Hop to the park’s main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through this tropical jungle. Mantled howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, and two turtle species call Isla Coiba home.


Captain's Choice
Wake up in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches on deck. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. Go exploring by skiff. Or, just kick back in a hammock under swaying palms. Then it's cruising time. Sit in on a presentation on nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness led by your wellness hosts or settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views.


Gulf of Panama | Marine Life Search
Cruise through the diverse isles and atolls in the Gulf of Panama hosting hundreds of avian and marine mammal species. Guides give presentations and your captain determines the best locations and activities based on what nature delivers. And be on the lookout for a silvery glint streaking across the water—it could be mobula rays taking flight. Best viewed during starlight yoga? We think so.


Darien Jungle
From sun salutation to evening yoga, today is a big one. The Darien Jungle is about as timeless today as it was 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by cayuco (motorized canoe), your expedition guide helps you spot wildlife—colorful roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons fishing from the water’s edge. Delving deeper into this mysterious, almost mythical place, you get to meet the locals. Embera villagers offer a traditional welcome and share customs, stories, songs, and dance. The tip of the day, buy handicrafts from the villagers. Their highly prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets are keepers.


Pearl Islands Archipelago | Panama Canal
Discovered by Spanish conquistadors and named for the flood of pearls found, the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of the Pearl Islands are now almost entirely uninhabited by humans and instead boast a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Gear is simple today—have your binoculars handy for superb bird watching on a skiff tour of Bartolome Island’s bird sanctuary. Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, and Yellow Warblers are likely to pop into your field of vision. For more exploration, select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and cardio-up in a nature lovers’ dreamscape. Take in the whole of it, as you prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting between two seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal. The lock authority gives the final go ahead for your evening transit. Join your shipmates on deck for a toast as the canal lights up and the temperature subsides. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build it, and takes you about eight hours to transit.

DAY 10

Fort San Lorenzo
It’s your last day, and it’s a big one. Take in a little history and a “walk on the wild side” among the battlements and canons of San Lorenzo Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. This evening, your wellness guides bring the lessons together reflecting on body, mind, soul, and setting new goals for healthful living. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting your adventures.

DAY 11

Panama City, Panama – Disembarkation
Enjoy an early breakfast aboard and say adios to your crew. Upon arrival at the port, you’ll be transferred to Panama City to connect with your flight home or begin your UnCruise hotel stay.

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San Jose to Panama City
Safari Voyager

The 62-guest Safari Voyager offers personal comforts, full uncompromising amenities, and upscale accommodations. Sights are revealed from the window-lined lounge with sweeping 270-degree views. Enjoy the vessel’s cozy library and elegant dining room, all outfitted with nautical décor. Ideally designed to spotlight the magnificent natural surroundings, the Safari Voyager features four public decks including a spacious upper sun deck.


  • 62 guests
  • 32 cabins
  • 29-31 crew members
  • 174 feet in length
  • 36 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 9 knots
  • Registered in Saint Kitts
  • 2.2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; yoga/fitness host(s) and activities; wellness amenities: fitness equipment, and yoga mats.

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Ports & Places

The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.

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Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Located on the southern end of the remote and isolated Oso Peninsula, 164-square-mile Corcovado National Park is Costa Rica’s largest national park. From cloud forest to mangrove swamp, the park’s astounding biodiversity includes an estimated 500 species of trees, approximately 140 species of mammal, over 360 species of bird, nearly 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 6,000 species of insects.

The park’s long stretches of pristine beach are backed by the lush, dense canopy of forests that teem with life. Four monkey species (spider, whiteface, squirrel, and howler) share this revered place with two- and three-toed sloths, anteaters, tapirs, jaguars, margays, and ocelots, along with winged brethren including scarlet macaws, tovi parakeets, king vultures, and Harpy eagles. The more slippery creatures include poison-dart frogs, speckled caimen, dolphins, killer whales, hammerhead sharks, and a few crocodiles. The gulf provides water-entry to the remote, isolated national park.


Cúru National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica

Over 3,600 acres in size, Curú National Wildlife Refuge and Hacienda was once a private home of Federico Schutt de la Croix and Doña Julietta Schutt de Valle. Raising their three children there, the two began to focus their efforts on preservation of habitat for threatened and endangered species in the 1970s. By 1983, their property was officially granted status as a “wildlife refuge.” Today, Curú is an example of successful and sustainable ecotourism not only providing protection for the local environment, but essential jobs for the local Ticos as well.

Doña Julietta still runs the Refuge with the help of her adult children. Of the 3,600 acres, most is protected forest. Within the forest and the 84-acre refuge live incredibly diverse animal, reptile, avian, and insect species. Among its wild residents are white-faced, howler, and spider monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, and coatis, margays and puma, yellow-naped parrots, trogons, caracara, frigate birds and hummingbirds, and army ants, giant toads, and butterflies. Hiking trails of varying degrees of challenge cross the reserve and offer opportunities to spot wildlife in the canopy above and along the forest floor.


Darien Jungle

A lush, mountainous rainforest, the Darien Jungle climbs from sea level to several hundred feet in lowland valleys to over 6,000’ at the top of the tallest peak. Rarely visited, the region is characterized by unspoiled sandy beaches, jagged rocky coasts, mangrove swamps, and tropical forests bursting with endemic and rare species of plants, birds, and wildlife. It is also at the northernmost range for many migratory South American species and the southern range of numerous Northern and Central American species. In an effort to save the Darien Jungle from being poached by loggers and developers, UNESCO declared the Darien National Park—the largest national park in Central America—one of its World Heritage Sites in 1981. The region is home to the Embera and Kuna native peoples who regularly travel through the jungle by dugout canoe. Darien offers a rich cultural history, from the migration of First Peoples between the Americas to its role as the main Spanish transportation route for gold and silver from Peru to Panama.


Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Tucked between the Osa Peninsula and the mainland of Costa Rica, Golfo Dulce—or “sweet gulf"—is a large, sheltered bay ringed by secluded beaches and tropical rainforest, including Piedres Blancas National Park at the north end and its amazing “sister park,” Corcovado National Park. The gulf harbors an important estuarine habitat from the drainage of the Llorona, Corcovado, and Sirena Rivers. In its protected waters, kayaking, snorkeling, and skiff rides provide a view into the rich marine world below the surface. Golfo Dulce also boasts one of the world’s longest left-hand breaks when the conditions are right, making this a popular destination for surfers.


Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panamá

The features of this small islet within Coiba National Park have made it a natural “fishbowl” for marine life. Two rocky volcanic outcroppings on either end of the islet act a bit like a reef protecting its white-sand beaches and sheltering its surrounding water. A relaxing playground for adventure on the lighter side, a casual snorkel reveals a bounty of colorful marine life along the rocks. The picture-perfect beaches are ideal for a meandering stroll or for an afternoon snooze on warm sand. The cluster for trees and palms at the center of the island are very fitting with the lush jungle of the country, and offer a fascinating place for a nature walk beneath the shaded, dense canopy.

Granito de Oro is part of Coiba National Park which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.


Gulf of Panamá Islands

Discovered by Spanish explorers, the volcanic islands in the Gulf of Panamá are remnants of ancient activity along the Pacific Ocean’s ring of fire. One island in this cluster, Isla Tobago, or the flower island, was discovered by Vasco Balboa in the 1500s. The colonial church on the island is a reminder of a centuries-long history and is said to be Panama’s oldest.

Today, a quaint fishing village bustles on the eastern side, a number of hiking trails offer fantastic views across the gulf, and pretty white-sand beaches stretch along its shores. The tiny bulb of an island, El Murro, can be reached by a sand bar at low tide. Isla Urabá, just at the southern end of Tobago, is part of the Tobago Wildlife reserve and offers great birding on shore and snorkeling along coral-covered, volcanic rock. Each of the many islands in the Gulf of Panama are unique including rocky Isla Flamenco—also known as Dead Man’s Island, Isla Bona that buzzes with the activity of hundreds of birds, and little Isla Otoque that barely encompasses 2.6 square kilometers and is home to fewer than 150 people.


Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s largest peninsula, 75-mile long Nicoya Peninsula is divided into two provinces; Guanacaste in the north and Puntarenas in the south. Historically important, the peninsula includes one of the oldest native settlements in the country and was first explored by Davila in 1523. Today, the peninsula is known for its many reserves, refuges, and national parks including Curú National Wildlife Refuge, magnificent white-sand beaches, and lush tropical forests.

The interior of the southern end of the peninsula, Puntarenas, is mountainous with lushly forested slopes that drop steeply down to the coast. Beautiful beaches backed by these mountains—many with waterfalls—create a dramatic scene with something to see everywhere the eye can look. Living in the verdant forests are a bountiful number of animal species including tapirs, howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins, sloths, kinkajous, and coatis. The peninsula is also home to healthy populations of birds, reptiles, and insects, including frigate birds, hummingbirds, brightly colored macaws, tanagers, and trogons, army ants, leaf ants, and blue morpho butterflies, and leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles.

From beachcombing and beach napping, to hiking jungle trails and playing in crystal-clear water, the Nicoya Peninsula is a perfect playground for the active adventure seeker.


Panamá Canal

Panamá Canal is one of the most important waterways of the world. Connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, this engineering marvel provides passage to vessels through Central America, allowing them to avoid traveling several thousand extra miles around the dangerous southern tip of South America’s Cape Horn. The construction of the canal began in 1881 by the French, but the search for such a route of passage began long before. Early explorers to Central America believed the possibility of finding a passageway was high and, with both truly helpful information and misleading reports disguised as helpful from natives of the area, they searched for a way across.

After the successful construction of the Suez Canal, the French and in particular, the man behind the Suez Canal, Ferdinand de Lesseps, believed construction of a sea-level Panamá Canal would be swift and inexpensive. But due to challenging terrain that cut through the mountainous spine of Central America, dense forest, and across two large rivers, and the propensity for workers to die of malaria and yellow fever, the French project plagued with financial struggles and was sold to the United States in the early 1900s.

Then-president Theodore Roosevelt was a forceful advocate for the building of the canal. His belief in its importance was so strong that the US went so far as to support a rebel uprising that gave Panamanians their independence from Columbia.

Construction began again in earnest in 1905 after John Frank Stevens, the engineering mastermind behind the Great Northern Railway, was hired as Chief Engineer. Building better housing and sanitation for workers and hiring a massive labor force, he got the ball rolling and convinced Roosevelt and Congress that the canal should be a lock system, not sea level.

Major George Geothals, who succeeded Stevens, saw the project to completion. During the course of construction, over 268 million cubic yards of earth was dug and moved; two artificial lakes—Lake Gatun and Miraflores Lake—were constructed along with four dams; and the continental divide, which originally rose 360 feet above sea level was brought down to just 40 feet above sea level at the Culebra Cut. The canal has three sets of locks—the Miraflores, the Pedro Miguel, and the Gatun Locks—that raise vessels 85 feet above sea level during passage through. Over 56,000 people were employed and nearly 5,600 died during the US-phase of construction. The canal remained under US administration until 1999 when control was returned to Panamá and the Panamá Canal Authority took over.

The Panama Canal was opened on October 10, 1913 when the dike that separated Lake Gatun from the Calebra Cut was demolished. The first vessel to pass through was a French crane boat, Alexandre de Valley. The canal officially opened to traffic in the summer of 1914 and since its opening, over 1 million vessels have passed through.


Panamá City

The capital city of the Republic of Panamá, Panamá City is a thriving metropolitan center with a terrific blend of old and new. Home to over 800,000 people, it is an advanced center of communications, banking, commerce, and tourism, in part due to the wealth it has accrued since the country took control of the Panamá Canal at the end of 1999. Panamá City is located on a 6-mile stretch of the southern Pacific coast from the Panamá Canal to the ruins of Panamá Viejo in the east.

Founded in 1519 at the site of Panamá Viejo, it was the first European settlement on the American Pacific coast. Sacked and burned to the ground by pirates led by the infamous Henry Morgan in the late 1600s, the new city was built further down that small peninsula. Rich history can be discovered in the city’s many archeological sites and historic districts, including archeological ruins of Panama Viejo, a Spanish sea wall built 400 years ago, and the 17th-century Metropolitan Church.


Pearl Islands Archipelago

The 250+ islands and islets that make up this archipelago in the Gulf of Panama have a long history dating back several million years to the geologic creation of the isthmus. Inhabited by Native people for several thousand years, the Spanish encountered the islands in the early 1500s and took a strong interest in the archipelago for the abundance of the pearls found there. Within two years after the arrival of the conquistadors, the entire indigenous population was wiped out. The islands remained an important location to the Spanish and slaves from Africa were brought to the islands to harvest more of the valuable gems. With so many islands, most of which were not inhabited, the archipelago also became an important spot for pirates looking for safe hideouts.

Today, the minimally inhabited islands attract adventurers who are lured to this tropical playground by its crystal blue waters and pristine white sand beaches. While pearls can still be found, swimming and snorkeling among colorful fish, hiking, fishing, paddling, and observing unique flora and fauna are the bigger draw for visitors.


San Jose, Costa Rica

The capital of Costa Rica was originally founded in 1738 by the Cabildo de Leon—a Spanish Colonial council—that built a chapel. The chapel's patron saint was San José—Saint Joseph. But it wasn’t officially made a city until the early 1800s when the first local government was created. San José became Costa Rica’s capitol in the early 1820s.

Located in the geographic heart of the country, the city’s population is approximately 290,000 and it’s the most populous city in the country. The perfect launching arena and transportation hub for adventures into the more wild and natural wonders of Costa Rica, the city includes the country's major international airport, and also offers a variety of restaurants, markets, and museums. The climate is described as “eternal spring,” perfect for visiting public parks, markets, and squares.

The city’s architecture is an odd mixture of styles from different eras. San José’s famous landmark, the Teatro Nacional, was built by wealth generated from the coffee industry in the 1890s as an exact copy of a Paris opera house and hosts operas, ballets, plays, and performances by the National Symphony Orchestra. Museums offer much to see including pre-Columbian artifacts at the Museo del Oro, gold, religious art, and colonial and archeological artifacts at Museo Nacional, and one of the America’s largest jade collections at the Museo de Jade.

Extend Your Experience



2019 RATES: From $175

Intimate and upscale, the Bristol Hotel is a reflection of Panama’s unique history, architecture, and dynamic art scene. A short walk away, explore craft markets in Old Panama or Frank Gehry’s unmistakable Biodiversity Museum.


This hotel stopover package includes airport meet & greet; airport/hotel/vessel transfers, deluxe room accommodations; breakfast; and taxes & service fees.



2019 RATES: From $130

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari is just five miles from the airport and within walking distance to golf, shopping, and restaurants. Colonial architecture and tropical gardens welcome you with their pura vida vibe.


This hotel stopover package includes airport meet & greet; airport/hotel/vessel transfers, deluxe room accommodations; breakfast; and taxes & service fees. Children under 12 stay free sharing with adults.



Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Rainforest Adventure
2019 RATES: From $2,625

For cruises beginning in Costa Rica, explore Costa Rica's exotic interior by hike, canopy tour, and river raft—Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna, Monteverde, Selvatura Park—on this 5-night pre-cruise land extension.

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Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Rainforest Adventure
2018-2019 RATES: From $2,625

For cruises beginning in Panamá and ending in Costa Rica, explore Costa Rica's exotic interior by hike, canopy tour, and river raft—Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna, Monteverde, Selvatura Park—on this 5-night post-cruise land extension.

5 nights



  • Meet & greet
  • Airport/hotel/vessel transfers
  • Baggage handling
  • Listed accommodations and meals
  • Tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Services and meals not listed in itinerary

Vessels for this Itinerary


Safari Voyager

Discreet, classy, and stealth, the Safari Voyager is comfortable in warm water regions and built to handle humidity and heat. Tropical adventure, wilderness access, and the natural landscape are always at the forefront. A seamless extension of the places she sails, the ship and her mostly-local crew exude pura vida (pure life). Handcrafted artwork throughout the vessel and in each cabin pays homage to the regions of Costa Rica and Panama. Casual in nature, the Safari Voyager is a bit of a show-off, too—take in 270-degrees of view from the top deck or window-to-window in the air-conditioned lounge.

Onboard Features: EZ Dock kayak launch platform; bow-mounted underwater camera; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles

Destination: Costa Rica & Panama

Deck plan below reflects all departures through April 2019.
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  • 62 guests
  • 32 cabins
  • 29-31 crew members
  • 174 feet in length
  • 36 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 9 knots
  • Registered in Saint Kitts
  • 2.2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Queen or twin beds; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower


205-206, 209-212, 215-222
Queen or twin beds; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower


308, 310, 312
Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with rain shower


307, 309
Queen or twin beds; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with shower; (youth-sized sofa bed for triple)


Queen or twin beds; refrigerator; desk and chair; flat screen TV/DVD player; view window; private bath with large shower; (sofa bed for triple)


Fixed queen bed; sitting area with wet bar; refrigerator; media center; large bow-facing view windows; jetted whirlpool tub; private bath with shower; (sofa bed for triple—suitable for child/teen)


Twin bed; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with shower