South America

Costa Rica

Cruise from Panama to Costa Rica

Rainforest hikes and brisk high-altitude trails, rushing white-water rapids and world-class surfing: Costa Rica offers a dizzying suite of outdoor adventures in every shape and size – from the squeal-inducing rush of a canopy zip line to a sun-dazed afternoon at the beach. National parks allow visitors to glimpse life in the tropical rainforest and cloud forest, simmering volcanoes offer otherworldly vistas, and reliable surf breaks are suited to beginners and experts alike. Can’t decide? Don’t worry, you won’t have to. Given the country’s diminutive size, it’s possible to plan a relatively short trip that includes it all.

COSTA RICA map, itineraries cruise, yachting

South America

Central and South America are fantastic destinations to view breathtaking natural beauty, history as well as sea life. By chartering in Central and South America, you will be able to have an adventure exploring incredible landscapes and coastlines of white sandy beaches. Brazil hosts an incredibly diverse and beautiful coastline dotted with up and coming metropolis’ full of diverse culture.

Sail to the Buenos Aires in Argentina, to explore this capital city. Cruise south to the Patagonia to take in breathtaking scenery without having to deal with the boisterous crowds. By having your yacht charter in South America, you are giving yourself the opportunity to witness and take part in a beautiful and eclectic culture while also taking in sights that no camera can do justice. Cruising up the Pacific coast from there you can reach the wondrous Galapagos Islands where you will be able to see the magnificent and beautiful species Charles Darwin witnessed over a hundred years ago.

Costa Rica

Rainforest hikes and brisk high-altitude trails, rushing white-water rapids and world-class surfing: Costa Rica offers a dizzying suite of outdoor adventures in every shape and size – from the squeal-inducing rush of a canopy zip line to a sun-dazed afternoon at the beach. National parks allow visitors to glimpse life in the tropical rainforest and cloud forest, simmering volcanoes offer otherworldly vistas, and reliable surf breaks are suited to beginners and experts alike. Can’t decide? Don’t worry, you won’t have to. Given the country’s diminutive size, it’s possible to plan a relatively short trip that includes it all.

COSTA RICA map, itineraries cruise, yachting

14 days from Panama to San Jose

Colon, Panama, cruise

DAY 1 - Colon

With an early start, you’re off to Gamboa for an exploration of Gatun Lake, once the largest man-made lake in the world. Watch for toucans, osprey, Geoffroy’s tamarins, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, and, passing cargo ships—a striking contrast to the surrounding jungle. After lunching at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center—the new Panama Canal expansion was built to accommodate massive neopanamax cargo ships. See the locks in action before returning to the ship in time for happy hour. 

Barro Colorado, Panama, cruise

DAY 2 - Barro Colorado

In the morning, board expedition landing craft for Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Gatún Lake. This island has been the primary Smithsonian center for tropical rain forest study since 1923, and Lindblad has special permission to visit the facilities at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Meet some of the scientists and learn about their work before re-boarding to continue your crossing. Often, have the opportunity to cross part of the Canal during the day, and another when it is dramatically lit at night.

Panama, cruise

DAY 3 - Panama City

​The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and today, its captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Hosting hundreds of avian species, you may enjoy superb bird watching on an exciting skiff exploration, or stroll a charming coastal village that boasts the hemisphere’s second oldest church. Later, transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panamá Canal (time varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for late afternoon or evening). Truly a marvel of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build it. At a special captain’s dinner, toast to your absolutely unforgettable voyage and the adventures you’ve experienced so far.

DAY 4 - Darien Jungle

Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide will help you spot wildlife—astonishingly-colored roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons can be seen fishing for breakfast from the water’s edge. After welcoming formalities at a local Emberá village, they’ll share their customs and stories, and you’ll have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets.

DAY 5 - Pearl Islands

Golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings on the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of Las Perlas—the Pearl Islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, the islands are host to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Mid-summer through early-fall, the archipelago is frequented by dolphins and humpbacks—so keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic spinning and telltale blow spouts. Select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape.

DAY 6 - Isla Iguana

Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge is home to a large colony of red-throated frigate birds and is a nesting site for sea turtles. Then there’s the islands namesake—iguanas. Both black and green species are found here. Below the surface, the coral reef teems with life, and maybe a turtle or two. Snorkel, hike, kayak. Which to choose? Why not all! Pull on your mask and flutter kick among colorful fish and crackling coral. Your guide leads a walk through foliage-covered trails sharing the island’s history—military, homestead, and refuge. It’s a smooth kayak among the mangroves. Relax and take it all in on a sun-warmed white sand beach. These waters are home to whales. With a tropical cocktail and binocs in-hand, watch for humpbacks from the bow.

DAY 7 - Coiba, Granito de Oro

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 are connected by gorgeous white sand beach. Named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites, your day of play features snorkeling among abundant marine life, kayaking around rocky outcroppings, and lounging on the warm sand. It’s another perfect day in paradise.

Gulf of Chiriqui

DAY 8 - Gulf of Chiriqui

The Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park spreads across 36,423-acres (14,740-hectares) off the Pacific coast of Panama. Founded in 1994, this marine park protects islands, reefs, mangroves, and all kinds of marine and terrestrial wildlife. It’s a great place to snorkel, scuba dive, fish, or simply lounge along a secluded island beach.

DAY 9 - 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. In Golfo Dulce, which separates Oso Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.

DAY 10 - 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. Explore this vast area putting feet to trail on an invigorating hike through the jungle. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset with a tropical beverage in-hand during cocktail hour and retell stories of the day with your travel-mates.

DAY 11 - Manuel Antonio

Boasting 109 species of mammals, over 330 bird species, and abundant marine life among its incredibly diverse plant life, Manuel Antonio National Park provides endless opportunity for discovery. On a jungle hike, keep your eyes tuned to the canopy above, watching for two- and three-toed sloths, white-faced capuchins, scarlet macaws, many-colored tanagers, coatis, iguanas, and other colorful and camouflaged creatures. And, keep your ears tuned for the screeching of howler monkeys.

DAY 12 - Herradura, Monteverde Cloud Forest

Surely you're familiar with rain forests, but have you ever been to a cloud forest? Visit Costa Rica's Carara Biological Reserve, a tropical forest, known for its varied wildlife, including monkeys, iguanas, the endangered scarlet macaw and huge American crocodiles that crawl out on the river banks. A scenic drive up the mountain takes us to Monteverde Cloud Forest, an acclaimed private reserve. It is called a cloud forest rather than a rain forest because of its high altitude - the clouds literally go right through the forest. Bathed in cool, year-round moisture, the forest is covered with mosses and 300 species of orchids.

DAY 13 - Curu

Join an optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local rangers and naturalists. Late morning rejoin the vessel for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of this paradise island before joining the crew for a beach BBQ. Later on have more time for enjoying this amazing island. 

DAY 14 - San Jose

The city of San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and the capital of San Jose province. Its proximity to Juan Santamaria International Airport, the country's largest, makes the city a frequent stopover for visitors and travelers. Perhaps due to this status as a forced destination, San Jose has garnered unfair criticism from those expecting beaches, palm trees and tropical living. In contrast, the mountainous city is lively and animated, with much to offer its visitors. En route to San Jose, stop to visit Sibu Chocolatier - makers of some of the world’s finest organic chocolate. Here learn the Aztec & Mayan history of the cacao plant and enjoy a workshop on preparing chocolate. The day ends with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.