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Coastlines of Panama and Colombia

Exploring the Coastlines of Colombia and Panama aboard the Safari Voyager


Discover stunning coastlines between between Panama City, Panama and Cartagena, Colombia, on this wonderful cruise filled with wildlife viewing, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. You'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Darien Jungle and Caribbean port of Cartagena, and keep an eye out for howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins, and sloths during rainforest hikes and walks.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Panama City to Cartegena Itinerary

Day 1
Panama City, Panama / Embarkation

Welcome to Panama! Your transfer is waiting, and after a warm airport greeting, you’re off to our downtown hospitality area. Later, it’s all smiles and champagne as you board the Safari Voyager, meet your crew, and sail into the sunset.

Day 2
Darien Jungle

Your first full day is a big one. The Darien Jungle calls, and you’re headed straight into it by way of motorized native canoe along the Mogue River. White ibis, pelicans, cormorants, little blue herons, and mangrove hawks welcome from above while the sound of drums greets you from the forest. Visit with Embera villagers—a local tribe eager to share their heart, song, and dance. Browse their woven baskets and wooden handicrafts and maybe take home a souvenir or two.

Day 3
Isla Taboga / Panama Canal

Visited by Paul Gaugin and Captain Morgan, wake up in the “Island of Flowers,” Isla Taboga. Tour a historic village and the touted second oldest church in the hemisphere. Or, hike up the ridge to seek out views and World War II fortifications. After soaking up this storied island, get underway for the Panamá Canal. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build, and takes you about eight hours to transit. Joined by a Canal Authority Pilot, watch line handlers manage the ship through changing sea levels in the locks. Paired with videos and onboard narration, you’ll cross the locks with a better understanding of this engineering marvel. Celebrate your transit with a top deck barbeque!

Day 4
Captain’s Choice

Islands, forts, and sea life—bring your adventurous spirit. You’re headed for Colombia—and along the way your captain has the say. Magnificent Frigatebirds sweep overhead. Grab your binoculars and stay on the lookout for dolphins, humpback and sperm whales, sea turtles, and maybe even a barracuda. You never know what you’ll spot cruising for critters.

Day 5
Guna Yala

You’re in the Guna Yala Islands (formerly the San Blas Islands)—360 islands dotted with palm trees, thatched-roofs, coconut groves, white sand beaches—and they’re perfect for snorkeling. Look around for a rainbow of reef fish, corals, rays, and sea turtles. Anything’s possible in paradise. On land, meet the Guna people, one of the best-preserved cultures in the Americas. Learn about their culture and don’t miss the chance to buy their detailed handcrafted “molas.” In the Guna culture, an ornate mola with a detailed design is an item displayed with pride.

Day 6
Capurgana / Sapzurro, Colombia

Cruise the Caribbean coast of the Darien Gap to the tiny, almost-forgotten coastal towns of Capurgana and Sapzurro. Hike between the towns through the dewy Darien jungle, home to toucans, parrots, howler and squirrel monkeys. Or, take to the white sand beaches and turquoise waters for snorkeling and beachcombing.

Day 7
Archipelago of San Bernardo / Cartagena

Your last day kicks off in the archipelago of San Bernardo. With its clear water and vibrant corals, kayaking, snorkeling, skiff tours, and paddle boarding are all options. Wrap it up in the colonial walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena—a historical tour shows off its highlights. Wander narrow streets lined with colorful houses. Visit the Palace of Inquisition, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or the oldest church in the city. Celebrate your big adventure with a Farewell Dinner and slideshow.

Day 8
Cartegena / Disembarkation

What a week! After one last freshly baked pastry, transfer to Cartagena’s international airport.

Cartegena to Panama City Itinerary-In-Brief

Day 1: Cartagena, Colombia / Embark
Day 2: Cartagena / Archipelago of San Bernardo
Day 3: Capurgana / Sapzurro
Day 4: Guna Yala, Panama
Day 5: Captain’s Choice / Panama Canal
Day 6: Isla Taboga
Day 7: Darien Jungle
Day 8: Panama City, Panama / Disembark



Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Darien Jungle and Caribbean port of Cartagena
Cruise along the Darien Gap and Pearl Islands
Tropical rainforest hikes and walkabouts at historic forts and towns
Watch for howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins, and sloths
Snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, and skiff in island archipelagos


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4995  
Arrive: Panama City, Panama (or Cartagena, Colombia, for reverse direction)
Depart: Cartagena, Colombia (or Panama City, Panama, for reverse direction)
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a 62-guest vessel
Meals: All meals aboard ship, with most beverages included
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

7-day cruise with hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling options