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Costa Rica coastal cruise (12 days)

12 days fr £3,526pp

Puntarenas • Curu National Park • Puerto Quepos • Corovado National Park • Golfo Dulce • Isla Del Coco • Isla De La Plata • Machala • Guayaquil

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Vista fr £3,526pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/10/2019 - 31/10/2019
Also included:
  • Cruise Fare
  • Port Tax
  • All Inclusive
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
Overview
By just saying the words Costa Rica you are transported to a green world of grand adventure that takes in tropical beaches, endemic wildlife and friendly locals. A plethora of possibilities awaits you here – from the amazing bio-diversity to the mouth-watering cuisine, this is your chance to fall in love with a whole country. Join the stunning cruise ship Silver Explorer and discover how the “rich coast” carries its name so well.
Day 1
Puntarenas
Your cruise adventure begins in Puntarenas, a launching pad for ferries heading southeast to the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula with a past as an affluent port town and principal holiday spot for San José's wealthy, who arrived by train in the last century. Recent attempts by politicians and hotel owners to create tourism-boosting diversions have been successful and you will have time to explore here before your cruise ship sets sail.
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Day 2
Curu National Park
Located on the southeast tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the Curu Wildlife Refuge is known for its pristine, white-sand beaches and impressive variety of species ranging from monkeys to sand crabs. Then sail off to Isla Tortuga, named after its turtle-shaped volcanic rock formations. This small island offers a unique combination of white pristine beaches, palm trees, red volcanic rocks, verdant jungles and sparkling crystals that line the shores making it a popular diving destination.
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Day 3
Puerto Quepos
Today the Silver Explorer docks at Puerto Quepos, a town on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. It’s known as a gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The park’s mangroves, lagoons and beach-lined rainforests shelter howler, white-faced and squirrel monkeys. Nearby sandy stretches include Playa Espadilla and Playa Biesanz. Northwest of town, the Damas Island mangrove estuary is home to wildlife including caimans, snakes and iguanas.
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Day 4
Corcovado National Park
The crown jewel of Costa Rica's national park system, Corcovado National Park (Parque Nacional Corcovado), is comprised of an enormous 103,290 acres of tropical rainforest. The largest of the country's parks, it encompasses about a third of the Osa Peninsula and embraces an unbelievable amount of its biodiversity. Corcovado Park represents a very diverse population of flora and fauna, including 10 per cent of the mammals found in the Americas.
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Day 5
Golfo Dulce
Wild, scenic and incredibly bio-diverse, Golfo Dulce is not on most tourists itineraries making it a secret waiting to be discovered. The name, says it all, Golfo Dulce or sweet gulf, in English. Several coastal hamlets are dotted along this enchanting gulf, namely Puerto Jiménez, Golfito, Zancudo and Pavones, as well as the Piedras Blancas National Park. Lots of tours to choose from at a place that will leave you with lots of great memories.
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Day 6
At Sea
The first of three full days at sea and a good time to get to know all that the Silver Explorer has to offer. With all-inclusive dining, service and shore excursions, Silver Explorer is expedition cruising at its very best. Award-winning itineraries make this ship the perfect combination of adventure and comfort and it is perfect for sailing into the pretty port towns of Costa Rica. Sit back on deck and soak up the sun, relax in the superb spa and enjoy all the on board entertainment..
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Day 7
Isla Del Coco
Cocos Island (Isla del Coco in Spanish) is an uninhabited island off the shore of Costa Rica. It is a National and Marine Park and UNESCO World Heritage site and is surrounded by deep waters with counter-currents, offering excellent environments for many different species of fish. The beauty of Cocos has inspired tales of pirate treasure and the island was one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite places. Seabirds also like it here including Brown boobies, Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigatebirds.
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Day 8
At Sea
Another full day at sea as the Silver Explorer sails around the coast of Costa Rica. Silversea’s purpose-built luxury ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable adventure.
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Day 9
At Sea
Your last full day at sea on the cruise so make the most of it. Food plays a major part of any cruise and on the Silver Explorer you can expect the very best with exquisite cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux, spacious lounges and intimate bars where conversation flows freely and nobody has to reach for the tab. Restaurants are comparable to the finest on land. And the atmosphere is delightfully convivial thanks to like-minded guests with a common bond . . . the love of travel.
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Day 10
Isla De La Plata
Isla de la Plata translates to ‘Island of Silver’, and the name was derived from the stories of swashbuckling pirate Sir Francis Drake’s buried treasure. Legend states that in the 16th century, hundreds of tons of silver and gold were never fully recovered and are still hidden on the island, which was privately owned until 1979. Best known for its fauna, which is amazingly similar to that of the Galapagos Islands, Isla de la Plata is a delightful place for birding, photography and long nature walks.
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Day 11
Machala
Several National Sanctuaries and Ecological Reserves found near Machala boast sun-drenched beaches and mangrove forests. Pelicans, frigate birds, and egrets nest nearby as Blue-footed Boobies dive for fish further out to sea. Whales and dolphins can be seen in the vicinity. Machala is known for traditional Latin American foods from shrimp ceviche to fried bananas. In fact, bananas feature heavily in the culture as the city is also known as the Capital of the Banana.
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Day 12
Guayaquil
Guayaquil, where your cruise ends, is the second major jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands after Quito, and is a little city with a big heart. Almost Caribbean in feeling, the clement climate coupled with the intermingling rhythms floating from the windows and abundance of fresh seafood make this a very tropical and fun destination. Say farewell to new found friends before leaving the Silver Explorer and beginning your journey home.
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