San José, Costa Rica
Welcome to the land of pura vida! On arrival in the capital city of San José, you’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and transferred to the Intercontinental Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind, enjoying the hotel’s amenities or nearby attractions.
San José, Costa Rica – Embarkation
The morning is yours to enjoy at leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafes. This afternoon, join your fellow adventurers at our hospitality area in the Intercontinental Hotel. After everyone has gathered, travel to Caldera Port on the Pacific Ocean. Board the Safari Voyager and meet your enthusiastic crew and wellness hosts.
Curú National Wildlife Refuge
Begin your day finding a flow-state. Your Wellness hosts lead an energizing yoga practice to warm you up for the day’s adventures. At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curu—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local “residents” include everything from exotic birds and deer to army ants, snake-eating frogs, and hungry crocodiles. Step carefully as you cross the swinging bridge, you don’t want to land on the menu! Land crabs shift in and out of their burrows with such force it’s enough to make the earth move. An energizing hike on the Finca de Monos trail is prime monkey viewing. Off shore, the turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel and paddle board. Or cardio-up with a power kayak or swim session.
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. Settle your mind into a state of pura vida through guided walking meditation along a quiet stretch of shoreline. Tonight, and throughout your cruise, your whole-body health hosts lead discussions on nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness.
A birder’s paradise, explore a tropical botanical reserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, monkeys, and butterflies—there’s a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour. In Golfo Dulce, which separates Osa Peninsula from the mainland, explore rare flora and fauna and engage your core and limbs on a fast-paddling kayak through the mangroves. Then step ashore amidst the palms, for a quiet yoga session. Take in the sunset with a tropical beverage during cocktail hour.
Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panama
Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, stopping at postcard-worthy Granito de Oro islet. Volcanic outcroppings book-end this tiny landmass, connected by a pristine white sand beach with a dense, mini-jungle in the center. Get limber for your day of play with guided yoga on the beach. Then, get after it! The water is perfect for a core strength/cardio ocean workout. Cool down with a snorkel among abundant marine life, paddle around rocky outcroppings, and lounging on the warm sand. Hop to the park’s main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through deep tropical jungle. Mantled howler monkeys, crested eagles, and four turtle species call Isla Coiba home.
Coiba National Park
Ah, another day in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and limbering sun salutations. Not an early riser? The evening session is for you. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Or, slip into the drink for a snorkel or power kayak. The water is crystal-clear, and the fish and turtles are swimming! Find balance to your invigorating morning with a guided walking meditation—then it's cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views. This evening, your wellness guides bring the week’s lessons together reflecting on body, mind, soul, and setting new goals for healthful living.
Marine Life Search / Panamá Canal
The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and on your last day, its captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Kick start with cardio power on the sun deck—your wellness gurus help you make all the right moves. Hosting hundreds of avian species, you may enjoy superb bird watching on a skiff exploration—you’ve earned the relaxation. And watch for mobula rays flying across the water. 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 your evening transit). Move through half-moon and tree poses while taking in this marvel of engineering and human tenacity. Then, join your shipmates on deck for a toast as the canal lights up and the temperature drops. Celebrate this unforgettable voyage with a special farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting the week’s adventures.
Panamá City – Disembarkation
After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. Make a stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Take in the views of Lake Gatun and the newly expanded locks. Then your transfer continues, taking you to the airport for your flight home or to begin you optional UnCruise hotel stay.
Pricing starts at $4,395 per person for double occupancy
FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; wellness amenities: fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage. Port taxes/fees are in addition to your cruise fare.
Costa Rica & Panama—Fitness & Yoga
7-night fitness & yoga adventure cruise
Mary Van Heukelom
Mary designs and implements fitness training plans specialized for clients that may promote; lean body mass, alignment of muscle balance, strength and endurance, increased performance goals, improved cardiovascular, flexibility and balance. She believes in a holistic and functional approach to health of the body, mind and spirit. Mary likes to teach a mindfulness meditation practice to manage stress, gain awareness and deeper joy.
Hunt Parr, hailing from Petersburg, Alaska, is an NYC-based professional dancer, choreographer, Reiki practitioner, and yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) with over 8 years of teaching experience. He was one of the first teachers certified through the Mind Body Dancer® 200 Teacher Training with TaraMarie Perri. He received his second 200 hour certification from Sacred Sounds Yoga, directed by Adrienne Burke, who was the former head of teacher training at Jivamukti Yoga in NYC. He finished his 300 hour advanced yoga Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee from OM Yoga. Hunt teaches yoga in group and private sessions around New York for a large variety of studios and gyms including David Barton Gym, New York Sports Club, Park Slope Yoga Center, and Jaya Yoga. He has also lead retreats and training workshops nation and worldwide. He would like to thank his own teachers for their constant support and guidance and hopes to see you on the mat soon.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS - January 5, 2018
Special wellness, mindfulness, and fitness presentations
Guide-led whole-body health discussions
Beachside and on-deck yoga; walking meditation
Guided strength training and core power adventure activities
One-night hotel stay in embarkation city—San José or Panamá City
Transit the Panamá Canal
Visit a national park, one wildlife refuge, and conservation area
Search for wildlife—sloths, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins
Snorkel and beachcomb on Panamá’s Granito de Oro
Stroll a butterfly- and flower-rich tropical botanical reserve
Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
Off-the-beaten path exploration