This trip includes an optional adventure in dugout canoes, paddling up the Mogue River to spend time with Embera Indians. Not something you find on a traditional itinerary.. While bigger cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we’ll drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Quepos, Puerto Jiminez and Punta Patino. You can hop on or off the boat as you please.. This is the adventure cruise for nature lovers. Crocodiles, turtles, Coiba Aguit, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, kingfishers – you’ll have the chance to see them all in their natural habitat. There’s also an on-board naturalist with you for the entire journey.. The Pacific waters off the coast of Panama are some of the most beautiful you’ll see anywhere. We’ll be swimming off the back of the boat and exploring the shore via zodiac boats.
Central America is truly a place to fall in love with nature – be it dense, wildlife-filled forests, white beaches with irresistible waters, or vast jungle-ringed lakes – and you’ll get to experience it all on this memorable small ship adventure cruise. Aboard the M/Y Callisto, surrounded by rich fabrics, woodwork, antiques and fine works of art, cruise along the Pacific Coast and choose to explore lush nature reserves, snorkel among the marine life of idyllic islands, and indulge in beach barbecues. You can travel up river in dugout canoes to a hidden village and spend time with the indigenous locals, swim in crystal clear waters, and enter the locks of the famous Panama Canal. With stops at the likes of Gatun Lake, Punta Patino Darrien, Granito de Oro Island, Puerto Jimenez, and Tortuga Island, this trip is a unique way to experience this diverse corner of Central America.
Breakfast Included: 7 Lunches Included: 6 Lunches Included: 7
Embarkation in Panama City
Embarkation will take place between 3.00pm and 4.30pm. This evening, there is an optional walking tour in old Panama City. Overnight in port.
An optional excursion is offered today to Gatun Lake and the San Lorenzo historic forts. We visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Centre in Gatun. On the way back to Panama City, visit the Canal Museum and have time to watch the ships coming and going through the locks. Overnight in Port.
We sail early to the Pearl Islands for a day of swimming, snorkeling and a beach BBQ. In the evening, we sail onto Punta Patino. Night spent at anchor.
Punta Patino, Darrien
Today, there is an optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National Park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. We travel upstream in dugout canoes and reach the village of Mogue passing through a mangrove ecosystem on the banks of the river. We are welcomed by the Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions.
In the afternoon, we sail towards Cebaco Island. Overnight at sea.
Restingue Island and Cebaco Island
We arrive in the morning at Restingue Island for an amazing swimming and snorkeling experience. Around midday, we move onto nearby Cebaco Island for a Beach BBQ and time to swim and enjoy the beautiful beach. We sail onto Golfo Dulce, spending the night at sea.
Golfito and Puerto Jimenez
We reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration procedures before continuing onto Casa Orquideas for an optional excursion.
Casa Orquideas is a private botanical reserve with a huge variety of tropical plants, as well as species from all over the world. After enjoying the gardens, you'll have time for a swim before returning to the Callisto by tender.
We sail across the bay to Puerto Jimenez, enjoying a deck BBQ on the way.
An afternoon optional excursion to the Osa Peninsula is on offer here. This is a short and easy walk through a beautiful patch of secondary forest. Four species of monkey reside here, as well as Scarlet Macaws and other birds.
Overnight at sea en route to Quepos.
Quepos and Playa Biesanz
We arrive in Quepos in the morning ready to take an optional excursion to the Manuel Antonio Reserve.......a highlight of the cruise. This National Park is the jewel of Costa Rica's large number of national parks. Its' fragile rainforest shelters an abundance of wildlife including monkeys and a great variety of tropical birds. Our on board naturalist, and a local guide will lead you through the dense rainforest keeping a look out for animal and bird life. Time for a swim at the park's beach before returning to the Callisto. Those up for an adventure, can opt for the forest canopy tour, today.
We reposition to Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim (those on the canopy tour will join us here).
Tonight is tropical night. Enjoy your farewell dinner on board the Callisto as we sail towards Puerto Caldera.
Disembarkation in Puerto Caldera
We arrive early into Puerto Caldera in time to disembark after breakfast.