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Costa Rica to Panama Voyage

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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 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.


Cuba Voyage ship 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.


Holiday Inn Escazu

Holiday Inn Escazu

The Holiday Inn® San Jose Escazu Hotel is strategically located in Escazú, an upscale business and commercial area in San José. It is part of Plaza Tempo, a multi-purpose complex that includes restaurants, a shopping center and a business center. It is beside the Cima Hospital and only 30 minutes from Juan Santamaría International AirportAt the hotel, have a relaxing evening at the rooftop terrace with pool or at the lounge bar, exercise at the Fitness Center and enjoy delicious meals at the restaurant. Always conscious about the environment, the hotel has achieved the highest level of Costa Rica’s Certification of Sustainable Tourism.

The Bristol Hotel, Panama City

The Bristol Hotel

The Bristol is regularly recognized as the “Best Hotel in Panama” and among the “Top 10 Hotels in Latin America” by Condé Nast Traveler. Dramatic views of the city’s architectural treasures set this intimate 119-room hotel as a refined retreat for the discerning world traveler, positioning guests at the epicenter of Panamanian culture, shopping, dining and the headquarters of international finance and trade. A short walk brings you to fashionable Balboa Avenue and notable Panama City, Panama attractions that include the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, Metropolitan National Park, and the Bio-Museum designed by Frank Gehry. Deluxe rooms feature one king or two double beds and marble bathrooms with separate shower and tub. All rooms have 42” LCD cable TVs with pay-per-view movies, fully-stocked mini-bar and refreshment center, in-room coffeemaker, alarm/clock radios, in-room safe, three direct-dial telephones, individually-controlled air-conditioning unit, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.

Field Leaders


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.