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Plunge into the blue water of Bahia Drake or Follow the calls of scarlet macaws and capuchin monkeys into the luxuriant train forest. The gorgeous shoreline of Isla de Coiba invites you to swim with the dolphins or explore beautiful coral reefs. Rest up with a relaxing day at sea before experiencing the massive Panama Canal. A call at Colon is a chance to enjoy a wondrous view of the sapphire Caribbean from atop Fort San Lorenzo -- or pick up some locally made souvenirs at Critobal Pier or Colon 2000 Pier.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Day 2 : Bahia Drake, Costa Rica
Day 3 : Golfito, Costa Rica
Day 4 : Isla De Coiba, Panama
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Panama Canal
Day 7 : San Blas Islands, Panama
Day 8 : Disembark in Colon, Panama


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Day 1 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

An industrial port complex for both cruise ships and cargo vessels, Puerto Caldera belongs to the Esparza Puntarenas Province. There are no passenger amenities in Puerto Caldera except for a small, air-conditioned terminal with restrooms, information desk, public phones and a small selection of craft vendors. There is also an International Calling Center which accepts major calling cards. The unspoiled natural beauty of the region is one of Puerto Caldera's main attractions. Its rain forest, which start just inside the coastline and continue up into the mountain ranges, contain rivers, waterfalls, parks and wildlife preserves.

Day 2 Bahia Drake, Costa Rica

The Wind Star will anchor in Bahia Drake and guests will be transferred to San Josecito beach situated near the Corcovado National Park. San Josecito is only accessible by boat. Corcovado National Park is protected by a natural rocky barrier where the waves break. It is very picturesque with two lovely beaches and safe swimming due to the natural barrier of the rocks. Snorkeling is good here too and when it is low tide it is possible to walk the rocks and explore them. There is also access to trails leading to Corcovado National Park.

Day 3 Golfito, Costa Rica

This charming town on the Golfo Dulce is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the Corcovado National Park, the black-sand beach at Zancudo and other Costa Rican wonders.

Day 4 Isla De Coiba, Panama

Coiba is the largest island in Central America, off the pacific coast of the Panamanian province of Veraguas. The waters adjacent to the island are teaming with marine life. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coasts of the americas; it is the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain that also includes Coco's and the Galapagos. This makes for a unique dive experience that you shouldn't miss.

Day 5 At Sea

Day 6 Panama Canal

Renowned as the Eighth Wonder of the World, marvel as your ship is raised, then lowered, 85 feet to sail gracefully through three massive locks in the Canal.

Day 7 San Blas Islands, Panama

The Comarca de San Blás includes not only the Archipiélago de San Blás with its 378 islands but also a strip of Caribbean coastline from the Colon Province almost to the Colombian border. The Kuna Indians have governed this autonomous province since the 1920s. They maintain their own economic system, language, customs and culture with their distinctive dress, music, dance and legends. There is a feeling of being in another world - straight out of the pages of National Geographic. The men still fish from canoes and climb for coconuts as they have done for centuries. Stunning golden sands and blue-green waters are edged by the coconut palms, the idyllic islands of your dreams.

Day 8 Disembark in Colon, Panama

Colon’s history has always been defined by the desire for the riches of its natural resources. From its gold and silver to its value as a trade route made possible by the Panama Canal, Colon is today known for the Zona Libre – the largest free-trade zone in the Americas. The Zona Libre links producers in North America, the Far East and Europe with the Latin American market. As such, it is home to more than 1,600 companies and several dozen banks. Far less commercial, the area surrounding the city encompasses pristine beaches, lowland rainforests, splendid colonial architecture and wonders of modern engineering. This variety of environments allows a wide range of activities that include snorkeling in the clear Caribbean waters, exploring ruins or even marveling at the massive locks on the other side of the Panama Canal.

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