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Monteverde + Costa Rica and Panama

11 Day Sample Cruise aboard Sea Bird
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Explore the pristine wilderness of Costa Rica and Panama on this 11-day tour. Spend three days in Monteverde’s cloud forest, a rarefied mountain rain forest strung with suspension bridges, before embarking the Sea Bird. On your ship, venture into coastal rainforests and jungle areas and through the historic Panama Canal, all the while on the look out for the rich and diverse flora and fauna that populate this region!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2-3 : Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 : Monteverde / Herradura
Day 5 : Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 : Osa Peninsula
Day 7 : Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 : Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 : Gulf of Panama Islets
Day 10 : Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 : Disembark in Colon / Transfer to Panama City

Highlights

  • See monkeys, sloths, rare birds, and venture deep into the rain forest
  • Transit the Panama Canal
  • Kayak, hike, swim, and snorkel; actively explore these idyllic islands
  • Explore the picturesque Monteverde cloud foresest
  • Stop to visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Ship

Sea Bird & Sea Lion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrive in San Jose. Upon arrival, a short drive brings you to the Doubletree Cariari.

Day 2-3 Monteverde Cloud Forest

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A scenic drive, approximately five hours over some bumpy roads for the last half, and up the mountain takes you to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, an acclaimed private reserve. Bathed in cool, year-round moisture, the forest is covered with mosses and 300 species of orchids. Walk trails rich with butterflies, insects and birds and watch for the rare resplendent quetzal. Ascend the Skywalk, a series of suspension bridges for a bird's-eye view of the rain forest canopy. Later, learn about life in the early Monteverde community, which was established by the Quakers in the 1970s. Eleven families left Alabama and came to Costa Rica in search of peaceful living. Among the original homesteaders is Marvin Rockwell, who documented the emigration. He gives a talk on the trials and triumphs of rural life in the tropics. Spend the night at a charming family-owned lodge.

Day 4 Monteverde / Herradura

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your exploration of Monteverde and travel to Herradura to embark your ship.

Day 5 Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The abundant wildlife here is most active in the early morning, so be sure to get an early start. Lethargic three-toed sloths can be easy to spot, but it often takes the expert eye of a naturalist to point out monkeys or vividly colored birds as they zip through the forest. In the afternoon, explore Costa Rica’s beautiful coast where you can find a great spot for a hike or swim.

Day 6 Osa Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Sea Lion anchors off the remote Osa Peninsula and the environs of Corcovado National Park. Your exact landing spot for the day depends on sea conditions. You may swim in waterfall pools, horseback ride on the beach, or join an expedition landing craft cruise. Trek through the rainforest for a chance to see three species of monkey in one day: howler, spider and squirrel!

Day 7 Gulfo Dulce

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Casa Orquídeas, a privately owned garden accessible only by boat and special invitation, where you can see a profusion of orchids, and look for tanagers, parrots and gaudy toucans. Later, explore the forested bay of Golfo Dulce, ideal for kayaking, expedition landing craft cruises or swimming.

Day 8 Isla Coiba, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isla Coiba is one of Panama’s most remote national parks, where you may hike the tropical, moist forest trails. The area is also perfect for swimming and snorkeling amid tropical fish. Your staff assists both novice and expert snorkelers alike. For those preferring a drier clime, the ship's naturalists take underwater footage, which animates your evening gathering in the lounge.

Day 9 Gulf of Panama Islets

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore a cluster of islands in the Gulf of Panama via expedition landing craft or kayak. It’s a wonderful introduction to the region’s varied bird life. Observe large numbers of roosting and nesting seabirds: magnificent frigate birds, brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies of Galápagos fame.

Day 10 Panama Canal Transit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, board an expedition landing craft for Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Lake Gatún. The island is inaccessible to most travelers and, by special arrangement, local guides from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute accompany you through the tropical forest that so challenged the builders of the Canal. Reboard your ship to continue your crossing. A daylight transit cannot be guaranteed since cargo ships have priority over passenger ships. The Canal, however, is dramatically lit at night.

Day 11 Disembark in Colon / Transfer to Panama City

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast in Colón. Drive to the airport in Panama City for flights home.

Sea Bird & Sea Lion

Monteverde Cloud Forest - Hotels

San Jose - Hotels

Per person starting at
$7,780
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Cat 1
Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Cat 1 Single
Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabins.
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Cat 2
Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabin.
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Cat 2 Single
Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 3 Cabins.
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Cat 3
Bridge Deck cabins #105, 106 and Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219. These cabins feature a seating unit with table, outside access and two large windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

Costs Include:
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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