Costa Rica is a country blessed with abundant nature, pristine beaches and immense biodiversity. The warmth applies not only to the climate but also to the friendly locals commonly known as ‘Ticos’. Covering only 50,660 square kilometres (19,560 square miles) – 0.03 per cent of the Earth´s surface, Costa Rica contains an astonishing number of plant and animal species, approximately six per cent of the world’s biodiversity – greater than Europe or North America. This abundance of flora and fauna is partly due to the country’s geographical position on a land bridge between North and South America and its environmental conservation policies. On this journey, you will experience the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, filled with remote national parks and biological reserves brimming with colourful wildlife, both in the rainforest and in the surrounding coastal waters – perfect for hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, diving and snorkelling. You will also discover Panama City before traversing the iconic Panama Canal on a guaranteed daylight crossing to the Caribbean Sea. Finish the voyage in Cartagena de Indias, where you can soak up the Afro-Caribbean vibes in this vibrant and colourful UNESCO-protected fort city.