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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. Caldera itself is an industrial port with little to detain you, but the nearby city of Puntarenas is a popular beach destination, with a nice seafront promenade where you can relax with a drink or enjoy a seafood lunch. Other local attractions include the fantastic flora and fauna of the Carara Biological Reserve and beautiful Tortuga Island, a great spot for snorkelling.
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: 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.
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.
30 April - 1 May
Arriving in Cartagena
Cartagena de Indias, to give the city its full name, 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site, a camera-friendly collection of cobbled streets and colourful, colonial-era buildings. It's not all about the old town though; the Bocagrande peninsula, fringed by a long stretch of beach, is where many of Cartagena's hotels are situated, and it's a trendy district that's home to chic restaurants and a thriving café culture.
Don’t even think of changing money on the street – you will find plenty of banks and exchanges in the historic centre.
Your home from home
The Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle are exciting new purpose-built expedition ships with a revolutionary design.
What we love
Just take a look at the pictures of these ships - 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.
|Style||Relaxed, authentic, cosy - a totally unpretentious and educational experience for true adventurers.|
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.