ITINERARY & OTHER INFORMATION
Come find the natural and man-made wonders combined on this exotic Costa Rican and Panama Canal cruise full of bucket list places and activities. Learn about the area from a local Naturalist on board, then take a Zodiac ashore and find rare experiences for yourself. Hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of its lovely beaches and abundant animal life. Soar high above the Quepos jungle floor as you zipline searching for such wildlife residents as monkeys, sloths, and toucans, then explore Golfo Dulce with some of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world. Take a daylight transit through the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering on a ship that lets you see it all.
• Learn insights from presentations given by Eddie Roblero or Diego Vasquez, our Costa Rican Naturalists who will be on board the entire cruise.
• Explore the beaches and wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park
• Find the coastline beauty of Golfo Dulce’s rainforest flora and fauna
• Don't miss an opportunity to view the plentiful marine life surrounding Isla Parida
• Appreciate this engineering feat with daylight transit of the Panama Canal
• Discover the remote and pristine coastlines of Panama and Costa Rica
• Savor the delicious spread of Windstar's
Signature Onboard Barbecue to tantalize your taste buds
- Optional land extension packages featuring the Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloudforest and Tortuguero National Park CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR EXCUSIONS https://www.windstarcruises.com/ultimate-costa-rica/
- This cruise utilizes wet landings to get you up-close to natural wonders. Zodiacs, rugged inflatable boats, deliver you directly from the yacht to the beach, where you will disembark directly in the water.
* Dependent on weather and sea conditions, and subject to change.
DAY 1, JAN 11 (SAT) - PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA: Absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity by adding a land package to your cruise. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles.
DAY 2, JAN 12 - QUEPOS, COSTA RICA: The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.
DAY 3, JAN 13 - PUERTO JIMENEZ (GOLFO DULCE), COSTA RICA: Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America.
DAY 4, JAN 14 - ISLA PARIDA, PANAMA: Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long. The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to Windstar's Signature Beach Party on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.
DAY 5 - AT SEA
DAY 6 - BALBOA/FUERTE AMADOR, PANAMA: One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City. In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethals Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.
DAY 7 - PANAMA CANAL, PANAMA: At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience.
DAY 8 - COLON, PANAMA: Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy.
STATEROOM PRICES RANGE FROM $2842 TO $3317 (INCLUDES ALL FEES AND TAXES). CALL ME FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO LEARN WHO HAS ALREADY SIGNED UP.