Cruise Costa Rica and Panama

Costa Rica to Panama Voyage

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Cruise Costa Rica and Panama

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Costa Rica to Panama Voyage

Delight in Panama and Costa Rica’s natural treasures by exploring remote, protected parks and landscapes of the rich Pacific Coast in search of spectacular biodiversity and vibrant birdlife. From Panama’s remote Darien Province, which is practically inaccessible other than by air or ship, to the stunning Pearl Islands, International Expeditions’ guests explore incredible destinations that are outstanding for nature and wildlife. Plus, your small-group explores in comfort both by land and by small ship aboard a gracious yacht.

Things to Know

What is included in the price of IE's Costa Rica to Panama expedition cruise?

The cost of your journey includes:

  • Guided tours & lectures by native naturalists
  • Services of experienced expedition leaders
  • All meals on cruise
  • 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 itienrary
  • Arrival & departure transfers

Are there any required or recommended vaccinations for travel to Panama and Costa Rica?

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required only when arriving from a country where yellow fever is present. Yellow fever is not present in North America so guests arriving from the US or Canada do not have to show proof of vaccination. According to the CDC, yellow fever is not present in the areas of Panamaand Costa Rica you will visit on this itinerary so they do not recommend vaccination. No other vaccinations are required but guests should contact their physician to discuss health abroad and consult with the CDC at wwwn.cdc.gov/travel with regard to travelers’ health.

What visas are required for Costa Rica travel?

There are no visas required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Costa Rica.

Accommodations

Variety Voyager exterior

Variety Voyager

The exclusively chartered, intimate MY Variety Voyager is a sleek yacht launched in 2012. Guests are accommodated in 36 stylishly appointed, ocean-view cabins. Meals featuring international cuisine are served alfresco or in single, unassigned seatings in the ship's inviting dining room, where passengers can enjoy unobstructed views of the passing scenery and coastline through floor-to-ceiling windows. Located on the Ocean’s Deck, the open Bar and Lounge offers stylish shaded seating and is the ideal spot for reading, relaxing or stargazing. Other public areas include a library, shaded outdoor dining area, sun deck, and a mini-spa and fitness area.

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Cuba Voyage ship Panorama

Panorama

International Expeditions has chartered an incredible yacht to ensure you experience the highest standard of comfort for our incredible expedition cruises. The Panorama three-masted motorsailer is sleek and spacious. While most of our time is spent strolling through colorful villages and exploring remote landscapes, while onboard Panorama, emphasis is placed on time outdoors. An aft Sun Deck equipped with loungers, cushy chairs and a bar is available. After briefings on history, culture and nature, enjoy the lounge, which features a small library and comfy sofas. Plus, you’re welcome on the open bridge to meet the captain and learn about navigation. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous selection of cuisine sure to please any palette.

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Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Located within Soberanía National Park along the shores of the Panama Canal, 166-room Gamboa Rainforest Resort features a variety of amenities that provide both educational and adventurous experiences, including a swimming pool, spa, plant nursery, orchid garden and butterfly exhibit. A rainforest aerial tram provides you with a bird’s-eye-view of wildlife in the canopy. All rooms are air-conditioned with private baths and hot showers. Rooms also feature free Wi-Fi, private balcony with hammock, mini-bar, coffee maker, and safe.

Field Leaders

Johnathan

Jonathan Sequeira

Master Naturalist

Jonathan first studied nature and social sciences at the Cartago Community College and the National University of Costa Rica. Later, he received his doctorate for work related to the analysis of medicinal plants of the rainforest from the International University for Complementary Medicine in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Jonathan was awarded the status of Master Naturalist Guide in 2004. He has also volunteered for the National Park Service - at the Guayabo Archaeological Monument and Chirripo and Carara National Parks - and worked at Garrison Refuge in New York for the Audubon Society.

Hernan Arauz

Hernán Araúz

Master Naturalist

Hernán Araúz from Panama is widely regarded as one of Latin America´s best naturalists. In fact, the author of Lonely Planet´s Guide to Panama names Hernán as one of three men with whom he would trust his life! Quick story I learned about Hernán: in 1996, when part of Panama´s Darién National Park was to be conceded for mining, President Perez Balladares was so impressed by the great jacamar Hernán called — beholding its glorious, glossy green upperparts and long, thick, black bill — that he cancelled mining plans and pledged to conserve Cana as a wilderness reserve. 

Panama Guide Richard Cahill

Richard Cahill

Expedition Leader

Richard was born in Panama City to American parents. He is a seasoned naturalist guide as well as an extraordinary Expedition Leader. Educated in Business Administration, he pioneered the development of organized ecotourism in Panama more than 15 years ago. His passion for learning, his attention to detail, his enthusiasm and his ability for sharing his vast knowledge on varied subjects of the natural sciences, history and culture, have led Richard to become one of Panama's top guides. With ample knowledge of the Panama Canal watershed gained by over 400 nature tours of the area, multiple ocean to ocean Trans Darien Expeditions and Camino Real Treks, he still finds time to scuba dive in the bountiful waters of Panama's Caribbean Sea and to search for splendid avian rarities in the cloud forests of Chiriquí. Richard's experience transcends his native land and he can be found guiding on trails in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.

Trip Highlights

  • Travel by small-ship for seven nights, ensuring access to remote areas where regular tourists are generally unable to go.
  • Explore famed national parks, including Soberania, home to over 530 species of birds & 105 species of mammals, as well as the remote Darien, one of Central America's most ecologically diverse areas.
  • Swim & snorkel off beautiful beaches in the Pearl Islands & Restingue Island.
  • Discover the cultural traditions of the Emberá people.