Costa Rica & the Panama Canal

Resolute Antarctic Cruise Ship
Resolute
146 Passengers
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Nowhere else in the world can you find a concentration of wildlife like that of Central America – in particular Costa Rica and Panama. Costa Rica alone has over 840 identified species of birds and with over a quarter of the country identified as national parks, these protected areas are a naturalist’s dream. Famous for its man-made canal, Panama is also home to 940 avian species, as well as 125 mammal species endemic to this country. RCGS Resolute is the ideal vessel to explore this region due to its large outdoor deck areas and multiple, panoramic viewing platforms.

Our adventure begins in San Jose, Costa Rica, where we will meet at a central location before transferring to Puerto Caldera on the coast. From the Nicoya Peninsula we will work our way south, visiting four different national parks or protected areas. Our small ship gives us unprecedented access to the colorful bays and hidden coves of this lush, tropical coastline. When RCGS Resolute drops anchor, we’ll launch our Zodiacs, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards, so you can explore even further in small, guided groups. You will also be able to explore on foot, hiking the trail network of the parks, snorkeling or strolling along the white sandy beaches.

After a week we will leave this tropical paradise and head for Panama City, journeying down one of the modern wonders of the world - the Panama Canal. The penultimate day of our voyage will be spent traveling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, through the 100-year old canal. We will end our voyage in Colon, Panama.

Expedition Highlights
• Explore the protected national parks of Costa Rica & Panama
• Hike through rugged rainforests learning about the many endemic wildlife species
• Enjoy this tropical paradise in a Zodiac, kayak or on a stand-up paddle board
• Travel through the Panama Canal – one of the modern wonders of the world

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 San Jose, Costa Rica
Day 2 Nicoya Peninsula & Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Day 3 Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 4 Osa Peninsula & Corcovado National Park
Day 5 Osa Peninsula & Golfito Bay
Day 6 Coiba Island & Golfo De Montijo, Panama
Day 7 Pearl Islands, Panama
Day 8 Panama City, Panama
Day 9 Panama Canal, Panama
Day 10 Colon, Panama

Day 1 — San Jose, Costa Rica

We will start our journey with a visit to Doka Estates, one of the largest coffee and sugarcane plantations in Costa Rica. This family-owned business will offer a taste of history as we learn more about the various stages of coffee processing and how the oldest Wet-mill found in Costa Rica plays a part. Following our tour, we will transfer two hours west to Puerto Caldera. Here we will meet our vessel, head aboard and settle into our rooms. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner and then migrate to the deck, reveling in the first of many tropical sunsets. RCGS Resolute will make a short sail across the Gulf of Nicoya to anchor off the Nicoya Peninsula, ready for the next day’s adventures.

Day 2 — Nicoya Peninsula & Curu National Wildlife Refuge

Today we will explore the Curu National Wildlife Refuge which is nestled at the southeast tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. From a gentle walk along the well-established trails in the heart of the park, to a more challenging hike - there are several ways to explore this national treasure and its diverse wildlife. The refuge hosts one of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula and has spearheaded many successful sustainable development programs, from reintroducing the near-extinct spider monkey, to the coral reef restoration project and migratory bird monitoring. A stop at Isla Tortuga, or Turtle Island is sure to delight with its white sand beaches and inviting water. You will see how its rock formations resemble the marine creatures that provide the Island with its name. We may be in luck and catch a glimpse of the turtles while enjoying snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding in the ocean.

Day 3 — Manuel Antonio National Park

Our adventure continues in the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the smallest yet most visited national parks in Costa Rica. Boasting over 100 species of mammals, 184 species of birds and a plethora of diverse flora, this park is a wildlife lover’s dream. Keep your eyes peeled for two and three toed sloths, white-faced monkeys and toucans as you explore the entanglement of trails weaving through the park. The network of hiking trails crisscross the parkland, providing access to its rainforest, white sand beaches, waterfalls and coral reefs. You may also catch a glimpse of the dramatic volcanic rock formations, Punta Cathedral and Punta Serrucho, from several of the beaches that line the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day 4 — Osa Peninsula & Corcovado National Park

Extending into the sea at the southern end of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, the Osa Peninsula is rich with both wildlife and history. This is the first of two days in one of the country’s most remote destinations and we once again take advantage of our coastal access to explore the ‘Parque Nacional Corcovado’. Almost half of the peninsula is devoted to the park which protects an incredible variety of wildlife, including Costa Rica’s largest population of jaguars and tapirs. The park is also home to the only remaining old-growth wet forest on the Pacific coast of Central America, all four of the country’s monkey species: howler, spider, white-faced capuchin and squirrel, 20 species of hummingbird, the endemic yellow-billed cotinga and black-cheeked ant tanager, crimson fronted parakeets, and more. Should the conditions be favorable, kayak or paddle board through the expansive tangled mangroves as the wildlife thrives around you.

Day 5 — Osa Peninsula & Golfito Bay

On the second day on the Osa Peninsula we plan to cross into Golfito Bay, a small gulf surrounded by steep, forested hills. We will venture into the town of Golfito, originally famed for its position as the principle banana port for the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica. Decline in the industry due to labour disputes and rising production costs moved the company’s holdings out of town - now Golfito is best known for its ecological efforts and is Costa Rica’s only city situated in a declared protected area. Mere steps out of town, the Golfito Wildlife Refuge offers an opportunity to hike through tropical forests with trees reaching nearly 150 ft (45 m) tall. While hiking along one of the many trails, be on the lookout for one of the thousands of species of mammals, birds and reptiles that call the refuge home.

Day 6 — Coiba Island & Golfo De Montijo, Panama

As we bid farewell to Costa Rica, our first stop in Panama is Coiba Island, a place with an unusual history. Having separated from the mainland an estimated 15,000 years ago, Coiba is now home to many endemic subspecies, such as the Coiba Island howler monkey and the Coiba spinetail. In 2005, Coiba National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to numerous native flora that have since become extinct on the mainland of Panama due to deforestation. This is one of the last places in Central America where the scarlet macaw can still be found in sizable numbers. If time permits, we may have the opportunity to sail to near-by Granito De Oro, which is a top snorkeling location due to the diversity and volume of marine life. In the afternoon we explore the famous wetlands of the Golfo de Montijo, whose 50,000 acres of mangroves are home to a staggering abundance of wildlife. We cruise the shoreline of the gulf with our cameras and binoculars poised, ready to view the wetlands that are teaming with waterfowl and wading birds.

Day 7 — Pearl Islands, Panama

We have now entered the Gulf of Panama, but before we head for the Panamanian mainland, we make one more island-hopping stop at the Pearl Islands, or as locals refer to it, Islas de las Perlas. This archipelago of more than 250 islands received its name from Spanish Conquistadors who found countless pearls when they visited the islands in 1503. Most famous for their deserted white sand beaches, fragile ecosystems and marine life, the islands also made a splash when they were featured as the location for the `Survivor' television series.

Day 8 — Panama City, Panama

After a week of exploring the remote tropical coastline and far-flung islands, we trade our flip-flops for walking shoes today as we venture into the cityscape of Panama City. Steeped in rich Spanish history, its cobblestoned historic center, Casco Viejo, is framed by colonial era landmarks such as the Presidential Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. Be sure to enjoy an espresso or mojito in one of the many cafés shaded by bougainvillea in Panama’s old quarter. For those in search of a cultural experience, the numerous museums, including the Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry, is an experience every architectural fan should check off their bucket list. If you are looking for a quintessential Panamanian Hat or a mola made by the Guna Indians in the San Blas Islands, then the markets are a must see. Head to the fish market for a tasty snack or the National Handicraft Market if pottery, molas and jewelry handcrafted by the indigenous people of Panama is more your style.

Day 9 — Panama Canal, Panama

With our cups full of the cultural experiences of Panama City, today we sit back and let the history come to us. Spending the better part of the day (8+ hours) moving though the 77km Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, we will pass under the Bridge of the Americas before entering the Miraflores Locks. The locks will then take us up to Miraflores Lake, then up again to Gatun Lake, before being lowered back down to the sea level of the Caribbean Sea. You will not simply watch this incredible feat of engineering, you will have the opportunity to experience it first-hand. With the crossing completed, we will then anchor near the city of Colon to enjoy our final dinner together attended by the captain of the ship and toast our adventures.

Day 10 — Colon, Panama

After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your crew and fellow travelers as we disembark RCGS Resolute. A transfer back to Panama City is provided for all guests and while some of us will travel to the airport, many may wish to add a few extra days to explore more of the masterpiece that is Panama City.

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Single supplement is 2x the published twin rate for suites.
Single supplement is not available in triple cabins.
No single supplement applies for passengers willing to share in Twin & Superior Cabins.

Costs for standard adventure options: Photography - Free of charge, Photography Symposium (Oct 8th) has limited availability so please pre-book, Snowshoeing - Free of charge, Camping - Free of charge (limited to 80 participants, pre-booking advised), Overnight Camping – $300, Kayaking (must be pre-booked, maximum 30 participants) – $795 (Chilean Fjords $495), Ski Touring (experience necessary) – $750. Camping is not offered on Chilean Fjords.
Please note - camping is less likely to happen on the longer voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica itinerary or on March voyages. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

DeckPlan_Resolute

   One Ocean Suites
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are located nearby on Deck 7. (475 sq.ft./44m²)
   Shackleton Suites
The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. These Suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The forward panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are also located nearby on Deck 7. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Superior Plus Cabins
Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Centrally located on the ship, these cabins provide easy access to the aft observation lounge featuring 180 degree views and the ship’s dining areas. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Superior Cabins
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the forward stairs leading up to the bridge on Deck 6 and the forward observation lounge located on Deck 7. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Twin Private Cabins
Spacious and well appointed, these cabins are situated on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the main dining room on the ship as well as the gift shop. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Triple Private Cabins
Located on Deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single beds and a third Pullman berth, which can fold out from the wall if required. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes with a writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
Cabin and Voyage Inclusions            
Outside view with panoramic windows (triple private cabins have portholes)
Complimentary use of Expedition Gear Package (jacket, pants, boots)
Complimentary use of binoculars, trekking pole and waterproof backpack
Custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities
Canadian-made linen + ‘Dream-Sleep’ package
100% Cotton bathrobe
Hair Dryer
Digital clock with media connector
In-room tea and coffee station
Flat-screen entertainment system + onboard intranet
Welcome package and stainless-steel water bottle
In-room snack menu
In-room mini-bar replenished daily (non-alcoholic)
Resolute Adventure Concierge service
Deluxe custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities    
Complimentary Resolute voyage notebook    
Resolute Expeditions Wildlife/Field Guide    
In-room mini-bar replenished daily (incl. beer/wine)    
In-room bistro menu    
Deluxe in-room Resolute Adventure Concierge service    
In-room private reference library      
In-room iPad preloaded with reference and fictional content      
Exclusive check-in service on day of embarkation        
Deluxe welcome package (as above plus wine, fruit basket + snacks)        
Single brew coffee machine (Nespresso)        
Mini stereo        
Private in-room Resolute Adventure Concierge service        
In-room dining menu        
Early morning in-room café service        
Evening après dinner drink service        
Premium in-room mini-bar replenished daily (incl. spirits)        
Complimentary 1-hour massage/spa experience