Rafting in Costa Rica

Uncruise | Unveiled Wonders - Costa Rica & Panamá Canal San José to Panamá City (or reverse)

The dense canopy spreads wide with wild activity overhead. It’s a game to find howler monkeys or spider monkeys willing to pause their branch-to-branch acrobatics for a photo op. And like hide-and-go-seek, orchids spring up on random branches and mangrove roots. While the flowers’ hiding places are not all that disguised, the rare cotinga is giving a good chase.

Cruise Information: Uncruise – Costa Rica & Panamá Canal

Tapir, Costa Rica

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Cruise Itinerary: Costa Rica & Panamá Canal

Cruise Day Cruise Port Description
Day 1 San José, Costa Rica Welcome to the land of pura vida! On arrival in the capital city of San José, you’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and transferred to the Doubletree Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind, enjoying the hotel’s amenities or nearby attractions.
Day 2 San José, Costa Rica – Embarkation The morning is yours to enjoy at leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafes. This afternoon, join your fellow adventurers at our hospitality area in the hotel. After everyone has gathered, travel to the Pacific coast, where you’ll board the Safari Voyager and meet your enthusiastic crew.
Day 3 Curú National Wildlife Refuge At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curu—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local “residents” include everything from exotic birds and deer to leafcutter ants, snake-eating frogs, and hungry crocodiles.
Day 4 Osa Conservation Area Adventure lies around every bend in the isolated, wild Osa Conservation Area, home to the country’s largest national park, Corcovado. The area is known for its diverse plant and animal species—a whopping 2.5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity is found here—including all four of Costa Rica’s monkeys, tree frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird.
Day 5 Golfo Dulce A birder’s paradise, explore a tropical preserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies—there’s a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour.
Day 6 Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panama Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at the postcard-perfect Granito de Oro islet. Offering a little bit of everything despite its small size, volcanic outcroppings at either end of this tiny landmass and a dense, mini-jungle in the center connect with a dreamy white sand beach.
Day 7 Captain's Choice Wake up in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches on deck. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees.
Day 8 Marine Life Search / Panamá Canal The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and on your last day, its captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Hosting hundreds of avian species, you may enjoy superb bird watching on a skiff exploration.
Day 9 Panamá City – Disembarkation After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. Make a stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Take in the views of Lake Gatun and the newly expanded locks. Then your transfer continues, taking you to the airport for your flight home or to begin your optional UnCruise hotel stay.

UnCruise Highlights

  • One-night pre-cruise hotel stay in your embarkation city—San José or Panamá City
  • Panamá Canal night transit; visit Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center
  • Visit a national park, two wildlife refuges, and a conservation area
  • Search for untamed wildlife—scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, sloths, white-faced capuchins
  • Snorkel and beachcomb at Panamá’s Granito de Oro
  • Stroll a private butterfly- and flower-rich tropical preserve
  • Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
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