Natural & Cultural History of Central America

11/21/2019 through 01/02/2021
11/21/2019 through 01/12/2021

Natural & Cultural History of Central America


PONANT takes you to discover Costa Rica and Panama with an 8-day expedition cruise. A truly beautiful journey between nature reserves, encounters with local communities and sailing through the Panama Canal.  


Your journey in Central America will start with a visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park and the Curú Wildlife Refuge. Deep inside the tropical rainforest you may be lucky enough to see multicoloured birds, monkeys, and iguanas.

Your ship will then sail on to the magnificent Darien National Park in Panama. This little corner of paradise is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to remarkable plants and wildlife. Sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, mangroves, swamps and tropical rainforests vie with each other for beauty and offer a feast for photographers. This will also be the occasion for meeting the astonishing semi-nomadic Emberas community.

After sailing through the world-famous Panama Canal, which connects the Pacific to the Atlantic, you will be able to enjoy the discovery of the golden sand and crystal-clear waters of the coral islets of the San Blas islands.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.


Day 1 Puerto Caldera
Day 2 Curú Wildlife Refuge
Day 3 Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 4 At Sea
Day 5 Playa Muerto, Darien National Park
Day 6 Crossing The Panama Canal
Day 7 San Blas Islands
Day 8 Colón

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