Treasures of Costa Rica and Panama

Treasures of Costa Rica and Panama

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Description

Visit the world’s largest nature reserve, traverse hanging bridges for spectacular rainforest canopy views and listen to the sounds of local wildlife through some of the most impressive regions in Costa Rica, before boarding your expedition cruise along the coasts of Costa Rica and Panama to the fabled Panama Canal.

$16,990* – per person twin share departing Adelaide (Includes flights, port taxes and shore excursions)

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Trip Name
Treasures of Costa Rica and Panama
Days
23
Overview
Experience the wildlife, cultures, history and landscapes of Central America. Hike through lush jungle, watching for colourful macaws and hummingbirds, slow moving sloths, screeching howler monkeys, expressive white-faced capuchins and squirrel monkeys in the canopy above. Snorkel with the multi-coloured menagerie of the coral reefs.

Explore the Pacific Ocean coastline of Costa Rica, on-board your “floating boutique hotel” reaching the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula, witnessing life in the Darrien Jungle, relaxing on the beaches of Cabaco Island and the Pearl Islands, and ending with a tour of the famous Panama Canal. Each day you will discover a new port of call, navigate alluringly beautiful hidden coves with crystal blue waters by kayak or skiff. You will glimpse ancient and historical sites and witness the incredible engineering feat that is the Panama Canal.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday 4 March
Adelaide to San Jose

This morning depart Adelaide on your flights to San Jose.    You will arrive in the evening and be transferred to your hotel on the outskirts of San Jose with magnificent views over the Sun Valley.

Accommodation: Hotel Alta Las Palomas (or similar)

 

Day 2 – Monday 5 March
San Jose

This morning discover the charms of Costa Rica’s capital city with a morning guided tour.

Be immersed in the culture and history of Costa Rica’s capital city. Visit some of its historic residential areas, La Sabana Metropolitan Park, and the National Theater, an icon of San José of the late 19th century. You will also visit the Gold Museum, where you can see original pre-Columbian gold pieces of art craft and jewellery.

The afternoon is free for you to continue to soak up the buzz and atmosphere of the city before you sit down for dinner at your hotel (one of the best restaurants in San Jose).

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Alta Las Palomas (or similar)

 

Day 3 – Tuesday 6 March
Jaguar Rescue Centre

Leaving the capital, you head to Cahuita which lies on the Caribbean coast. After checking in to your hotel, meet some  locals at the Jaguar Rescue Centre. The centre is a temporary or permanent home for ill or hurt animals with a focus on birds, reptiles and small primates. They provide veterinary services and comfort to animals that are unable to survive on their own in the rainforest. Unfortunately for some reintroduction is not possible due to the nature of their illness or injuries, and these animals find a permanent, loving home at the centre. During your visit, you will have direct contact with monkeys, wild cats, sloths, racoons, anteaters, marsupials, reptiles, amphibians and more.

Meals:

Breakfast

Accommodation: Le Chameleon (or similar)

 

Day 4 – Wednesday 7 March
Tortuguero National Park

This morning venture up along the coast bound for Tortuguero National Park. Upon arrival in La Pavona you will board a ferry to take you out to the National Park. This is a 19,000-hectare park that protects the nesting beach of the green and leatherback turtle, the offshore waters and the wetland forest. This is one of the most biologically diverse places in Costa Rica with 11 ecological habitats, from high rainforest to herbaceous marsh communities.

After lunch at your lodge, visit the Sea Turtle Conservatory Museum to learn about the different species of sea turtles that nest and hatch their eggs on the local beaches.

Spend the evening in the tranquil surroundings of your lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tortuga Lodge (or similar)

 

Day 5 – Thursday 8 March
Tortuguero

This morning, join your guide for a walk throughout the property for wildlife viewing.

After lunch at your lodge, weave through the inland canals and natural rivers on a wildlife boat tour.  The park consists of an endless expanse of beach, serpentine channels and a 35km length narrow lagoon, connected to the sea at one end and fed by a river at the other. The park shelters a

fabulous array of wildlife, including more than 300 bird species, three species of marine turtles, 60 species of mammals, 57 species of amphibians and 111 of reptiles.

Among the mammals, there are 13 endangered species like the jaguar, tapir, ocelot, cougar and manatee. Commonly seen birds include toucans, aricaris, oropendolas, parrots, swallow-tailed hawks, several species of herons, kingfishers, anhinga and jacanas.

After a busy day, return to your lodge for dinner and another peaceful evening amongst the wilderness.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tortuga Lodge and Gardens (or similar)

 

Day 6 – Friday 9 March
Sarapiqui

Rise early this morning for your boat transfer back to La Pavona then head by road to Sarapiqui, located in the heart of Costa Rica’s banana growing region. Sarapiqui is known for its amazing and rich biodiversity and is home to a number of nature reserves and national parks.

This afternoon you will have a tour of La Selva Biological Station. Operated by the Organisation for Tropical Studies, it is one of the world’s most important sites for tropical ecosystem research.  More than 250 researchers from 25 countries and thousands of international students visit La Selva every year to study tropical ecology.

During your tour, you will see a variety of bird species. La Selva is home to more than the half of the 886 species of birds in Costa Rica.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge (or similar)

 

Day 7 – Saturday 10 March
Sarapiqui

Grab your binoculars and join your naturalist guide for an early morning bird walk on the grounds of Selva Verde. Costa Rica has the privilege of having one of the highest      concentrations of birds in the world.

In the afternoon, replenish your energy at La Trimbina Biological Reserve with a guided tour of one of the world’s most tantalizing foods — chocolate!  Follow your guide across the suspension bridge through part of the Tirimbina forest to a former cacao-tree plantation. During the hike, the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree will be explained.  Upon reaching the plantation, your guide will reveal the secrets of transforming cacao fruit into chocolate. You will see the chocolate-making process first-hand and even have the opportunity to treat your taste buds to organic rainforest chocolate!

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge (or similar)

 

Day 8 – Sunday 11 March
La Fortuna/ Arenal Volcano Area

Today head west towards the charming and quiet town of La Fortuna, which lies close to the spectacular Arenal Volcano. Rising above the rainforest that surrounds its base, Arenal Volcano frames the skyline with near perfect symmetry.

During your stay at the Tabacon Grand Spa Resort you will have access to the resorts’ very own hot springs.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Tabacon Grand Spa Resort (or similar)

 

Day 9 – Monday 12 March
Tenorio National Park

Today enjoy a full day tour to Rio Celeste and Tenorio National Park. The tour begins with a gentle 7km hike (approximately 4 hours) through the tropical rain forest. You will arrive at “Los Teñíderos” of the Rio Celeste, the site where two streams of crystalline water come together and form the heavenly colour blue that gives the river its name.

You will continue through the jungle to see the spectacular Rio Celeste waterfall, its colour making it one of a kind.

The final reward of this experience is an exquisite Costa Rican lunch at the end of the hike.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Tabacon Grand Spa Resort (or similar)

 

Day 10 – Tuesday 13 March
Cano Negro / La Fortuna

This morning enjoy a full day tour to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge—this trip is ideal for nature lovers of all ages!

Caño Negro is the most important wetland in the country.   This magnificent refuge is about 9,960 hectares and incorporates large lagoons, rivers, a rainforest, open and semi-open environments, and the tiny village of the same name.

Along the river it is possible to observe great quantities of birds like the snake-bird, herons, cormorants and animals such as howler, spider or even white face monkeys, three-toed sloth’s and some reptiles like caimans, Jesus Christ lizards and turtles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tabacon Grand Spa Resort (or similar)

 

Day 11 – Wednesday 14 March
Monteverde

Today you will take the scenic and picturesque route to Monteverde. Your trip will start by road to Lake Arenal. After crossing the lake you will be met on the other side at Rio Chiquito to continue your road transfer to Monteverde. Monteverde is an ecotourism hot spot and hosts some of the most beautiful cloud forests. In the 1950’s a Quaker community from the US emigrated here and established dairy farming and cheese making businesses.

Being believers in conservation, they also established what is now known as the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

Once you arrive in Monteverde, check in to your hotel before having time to wander around the town of Santa Elena.

Meals:

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Fonda Vela (or similar)

 

Day 12 – Thursday 15 March
Monteverde

This morning enjoy exploring the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve – considered as the most well-known cloud forest in the world for its wide variety of biodiversity, important conservation contributions and scientific research.

This reserve was chosen as one of Costa Rica’s Seven Wonders and one of the most important private reserves in the country. The cloud forest gives you the chance to explore a different type of forest, allowing you to make your very own comparison between the biodiversity found in a rainforest and a cloud forest, proving that Costa Rica is full of natural treasures.

In the afternoon visit the Monteverde Sky Adventures Park for a guided hike on the Sky Walk. The hike combines trails and suspension bridges criss-crossed through the canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

You will also have time to visit the local Monteverde Butterfly Garden to learn about metamorphosis and other interesting facts about butterflies in the country before heading to a local restaurant for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Fonda Vela (or similar)

 

Day 13 – Friday 16 March
Monteverde

This morning, get an insight into the wonderful world of coffee. Monteverde is one of the best areas to learn about the cultivation and processes of how an authentic coffee, that was used as far back as our grandparent’s generation, is made.

In the evening, return to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for a different perspective of the forest on your night walk. Your walk begins in the Hummingbird Gallery where you will be able to observe bats. The tour continues along a 1 mile long trail where you can observe insects, birds and nocturnal mammals.

What you will observe with your flashlight is incredible, but when you turn it off for a few minutes and walk a few meters you will be able to see fireflies light up around you or a phosphorescent mushroom on the ground.

Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Fonda Vela (or similar)

 

Day 14 – Saturday 17 March
Punta Arenas

Late this morning you will be transferred to Punta Arenas for boarding the M/Y Callisto. You will have some time to explore this idyllic coastal region; perhaps a stroll along the main beach, a visit to the Maritime Museum or sit and watch the world pass by in one of the foreshore cafes?

Perhaps you would prefer to spend the afternoon settling into your cabin and relaxing on one of the ships decks? The choice is yours.

This evening you will set sail to Quepos.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Callisto (at sea)

 

Day 15 – Sunday 18 March
Quepos

Upon arrival in Quepos transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve, one of the highlights of the cruise. Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. The beaches are the most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest…the snorkelling is excellent too. The forest is home to sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys and millions of colourful little crabs. After lunch you have choice of tours; a Forest Canopy or Savegre River excursion. You will rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz for a tropical dinner. Tonight you sail to Puerto Jimenez.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Callisto (at sea)

 

Day 16 – Monday 19 March
Puerto Jimenez/Casa Orquideas /Golfito

You reach Puerto Jimenez early this morning where you  will join an excursion to the Osa Peninsula. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with  endemic animal life. You return to the ship for a late lunch while crossing Golfo Dulce towards Casa Orquideas.

After lunch, you reach Casa Orquideas, a beautiful flower sanctuary, where you will visit the grounds, and if time permits a swim, before reboarding the ship and continuing your journey south the Golfito. You will reach Golfito at midnight for immigration and ship clearance processes.

Here you bid farewell to Costa Rica and sail onto Caleta Caiman in Panama.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 17 – Tuesday 20 March
Caleta Caiman/Restingue Isand/Cebaco Island

This morning you arrive in Caleta Caiman/ Restingue Island for an amazing swimming and snorkeling  experience in this little paradise island. Around noon you will sail to nearby Cebaco Island for a beach BBQ and time to swim and enjoy the beautiful beach. In the early afternoon, you will continue sailing towards Punta Patino.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Callisto (at sea)

 

Day 18 – Wednesday 21 March
Punta Patino/Darrien

Today you will visit Punta Patino in the Darrien National Park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. You sail upstream  along the Mogue river in dugout canoes and reach the Village of Mogue after passing through a mangroves ecosystem. You are welcomed by Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Callisto (at anchor)

 

Day 19 – Thursday 22 March
Pearl Islands/Panama City

You set sail early this morning to the Pearl Islands. This is a perfect place for you to relax, swim and snorkel before enjoying a beach BBQ lunch.

In the early afternoon you continue sailing to Panama City. In the late afternoon you reach Flamengo Marina for Immigration procedures.  Spend the evening  ashore with an excursion to Old Panama – Casco Viejo including dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Callisto (in port)

 

Day 20 – Friday 23 March
Panama City

Enjoy a morning visit to the Gatun Lake and explore Fort San Lorenzo Spanish Historical Forts. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center in Gatun and enjoy lunch there. Later return to Panama City and visit the Canal Museum and watch the movements of ships in the locks.  Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Callisto (in port)

 

Days 21 & 22 – Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March
Panama City

Early this morning disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. Due to the time difference, it will take two days to get home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 23 – Monday 26 March
Adelaide

This morning clear customs and immigration in Sydney before boarding your flight back to Adelaide. Welcome Home!

 



Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
04-03-201826-03-2018AUD $ 17,450-

Inclusions

    What’s included in the price?

    • Escorted by Cathy Elliott from Adelaide
    • Return Economy Class flights Adelaide to Central America
    • Private airport transfers
    • Tour guide throughout Costa Rica
    • Local guides at some sites
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach throughout Costa Rica
    • All other transport as specified in the itinerary
    • All entrance fees and excursions in Costa Rica as specified on the itinerary
    • 13 nights hotel accommodation in Costa Rica
    • Breakfast daily in Costa Rica
    • 4 lunches and 10 dinners in Costa Rica
    • Accommodation aboard the M/Y Callisto in cabins with private shower/WC & air conditioning.
    • All meals onboard the M/Y Callisto
    • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and  drinking water on board the M/Y Callisto
    • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability) on the cruise
    • English-Speaking Cruise Escort
    • Port Taxes
    • Shore Excursions
    • Tipping throughout

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