Costa Rica and Panama Canal
a wildlife and nature cruise along Costa Rica's Pacific coast, including a full transit of the Panama Canal
Observe wildlife and explore exuberant tropical nature by sea and land, guided by expert naturalists. Discover historical landmarks and navigate one of the modern wonders of the world aboard the RCGS Resolute on this 10-day expeditionary cruise.
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San José and the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica
Day 1: Spend the morning exploring Costa Rica's capital San José, before a 2 hour overland transfer to Puerto Caldera. Board the RCGS Resolute and embark on a short sail at sunset across the Gulf of Nicoya, and to where she will anchor for the night.
Curu National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica
Day 2: Explore the diverse flora and fauna of one of Costa Rica's national treasures, nestled at the southeast tip of the Nicoya Peninsula; the Curu National Wildlife Refuge. Those looking for a challenge may enjoy hiking along the Finca de Monos trail, a prime area for viewing spider monkeys in action whilst others may prefer a gentle stroll along one of the beautiful beaches.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Day 3: Board a zodiac and cruise along turquoise waters into the Manuel Antonio National Park. Sloths, white-faced monkeys and capachin are just a few of the species you could spot on one of the rainforest trails, along with numerous birds. Waterfalls and white-sand beaches can be accessed from some trails and along the coast, paddle boards and kayaks are the perfect vessels to explore in.
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Day 4: Spend the next two days enjoying the Osa Peninsula, one of the most remote parts of the country. Almost half of the peninsula is encompassed by the Corcovado National Park which, as one of the most biologically intense places on earth is home to array of wildlife including jaguars, tapirs, squirrel monkeys and scarlet macaws.
Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Day 5: Continue along the peninsula, by navigating the emerald waters of the Gulfo Dulce making sure to keep your eyes open for dolphins. Discover the rugged beauty of the mangrove swamps and pristine beaches by land or sea.
Coiba Island and Golfo de Montijo, Panama
Day 6: Bid farewell to Costa Rica. The first stop in Panama is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Coiba Island which, having separated from the mainland around 15,000 years ago is home to a vast array of endemic flora and fauna. Venture out on foot, by kayak or paddle board before sailing to nearby Granito de Oro for snorkelling (if time permits). In the afternoon, cruise the wetlands of the Golfo de Montijo in search of wading birds and waterfowl.
Pearl Islands and Isla del Rey, Panama
Day 7: Before heading to the mainland, make one last stop at the Pearl Islands. With over 200 islands, this archipelago was named by Spanish Conquistadors who landed there in 1503 and found countless pearls. The islands offer magnificent white-sand beaches, delicate ecosystems and abundant marine life.
Casco Viejo, Panama City
Day 8: Having spent a week discovering the tropical coastline and remote Pacific islands, it is time to explore a city. Wander the cobblestone streets of Panama City's Casco Viejo (old town) to marvel at the colonial architecture, visit the market for some local handicrafts, or relax with a coffee at one of the many cafes.
Day 9: Experience a feat of engineering first-hand as you transit from one ocean to another, through the Panama Canal. The journey to Colon where you will anchor for the night, will take most of the day (around 8 hours).
Day 10: Disembark the RCGS Resolute, and transfer back to Panama City for onward connections.