Sailing from Costa Rica
Setting sail from Puerto Caldera
Puerto Caldera is a major port on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, about an hour and a half from the capital, San José. Nearby attractions include the beach town of Puntarenas, the fantastic wildlife of the Carara Biological Reserve and Tortuga Island, a beautiful spot for snorkelling.
Costa Rica: Tortuga Island
Tortuga Island is actually made up of two separate islands just off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, both uninhabited and both absolutely stunning. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the clear, coral-rich waters, or relax on pristine white sand beaches.
Costa Rica: Curú Reserve
The Curú Wildlife Refuge is situated on Costa Rica’s lush Nicoya Peninsula, thick with primary forest and fringed by tiny coves and beaches. It’s a real haven for wildlife, where you might spy ocelots, anteaters or capuchin monkeys rustling about in the foliage.
Costa Rica: Espadilla Beach (Quepos)
Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park is a nature-lover’s paradise, home to monkeys, iguanas, toucans, red-eyed leaf frogs and the reclusive three-toed sloth. The surrounding area also boasts some of the best beaches in Costa Rica, and the little town of Quepos has some nice restaurants.
Costa Rica: Corcovado National Park
Staggering biodiversity and an array of iconic species make Corcovado National Park a must-see for any visitor to Costa Rica. Tapirs, anteaters, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys and the world’s largest bird of prey, the harpy eagle, can all be found within this rainforest reserve.
Costa Rica: Golfo Dulce
Seldom visited by tourists, the lush and humid Golfo Dulce is home to Piedras Blanca National Park, an area of pristine rainforest teeming with wildlife. Amongst the mangroves that line the coast lurk crocodiles and river otters, while the canopy above is home to nimble monkeys and colourful toucans.
Panama: Isla de Coiba
Isla de Coiba is a former penal colony and was off-limits for many years, so around 80% of the island is still pristine rainforest. Turtles nest on the white sand beaches between April and October, and the densely forested interior is home to an incredible array of wildlife.
Punta Clara Island
Panama: Pearl Islands
The Pearl Islands archipelago is made up of more than 200 islands and islets off Panama’s Pacific coast, most of which are uninhabited and rich in bird and marine life. It’s a great place to go snorkelling or scuba diving, and whale watching tours operate between July and October.
Panama: Panama City
The port of Fuerte Amador sits at the southern edge of Panama City, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. The shining skyscrapers of the Panamanian capital are a testament to the city’s status as a key financial centre, while the tiny Casco Viejo is home to pretty colonial streets, hip hotels and happening bars.
Arriving in Cartagena
Cartagena was founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1533, and the beautifully preserved centre is a real highlight of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The walled old town, the Ciudad Amurallada, is a camera-friendly collection of cobbled streets and colourful, colonial-era buildings.
Your home from home
The Greg Mortimer is an exciting new purpose-built expedition ship with a revolutionary design, which joined the Aurora Expeditions fleet in 2019.
What we love
Just take a look at the pictures - quite different from anything we have seen before, with a revolutionary new patented X-BOW design which has a number of benefits. Not only does it increase passenger comfort by eliminating slamming in heavy seas, but also the journey is speeded up so uncomfortable rides in heavy seas are minimised. This also results in environmental benefits, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
On board, Aurora Expeditions passengers will enjoy the company's established style - a comfortable, friendly and laid-back vibe in the company of like-minded travellers, for whom the time ashore is everything. The focus is on small group exploration, with a commitment to getting off the ship as much as possible for up close and personal encounters with wilderness and wildlife.
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Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Cartagena
Casa San Agustin – authentic Colombian style, in the heart of the old town.
What to see in Cartagena
The Palace of the Inquisition - a fascinating museum you will enjoy even more with a guide to tell you the history.