ENDLESS ADVENTURE AWAITS!
Mar 7-17, 2023 – PONANT Le Bellot

The mist clings to the rainforest floor, concealing the jungle’s many secrets. You and the other Vacayans enter one by one, your hearts beating faster and faster as you come face-to-face with this mysterious new world. What’s that sound?! Teeming with more life in a square meter than any other place on earth, Costa Rica’s fabled rainforests tease at first, but then slowly awaken before your very eyes! Life is all around you and you’ll be humbled by the hidden wonders that subtly and sometimes suddenly reveal themselves to you. Go where no other LGBT+ cruisers have gone before in this never-before-seen itinerary from VACAYA.

This 5-star luxury expedition not only takes you deep into the jungles of Costa Rica and Panama, but BONUS… we also transit the Panama Canal, a modern marvel that’ll become the perfect counterpoint to all nature has in store for you. Throw in an overnight in intoxicating Cartagena, Colombia and the very best of Central America and northern South America are all yours for 10 indulgent nights! 2 Continents. 3 Countries. Endless Adventure.

Expedition Cruise

The upside of cruising on an Expedition Cruise on the super yachts of PONANT is that you can visit remote ports and secret harbors accessible only to these special vessels. This allows you to get right to the heart of your chosen destination. Additionally, most remote ports of call fall into the category of Expedition Cruise and are accessed via Zodiac (inflatable 12-person lightweight motorized boat) so you’ll be some of the first people to explore these special spots. A whole new world opens up with each and every step. And what’s better is that an expedition cruise saves you money because you’re buying fewer optional excursions. The Zodiac landings and the expedition leaders are included in your cruise fare!And with super yachts, you don’t have to worry about missing out on larger ports; we can go to those, too! So you’ll enjoy plenty of variety during your journey with VACAYA. We call this the SUPER YACHT ADVANTAGE.

 

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RAINFORESTS, WILDLIFE, AND ENDLESS BEAUTY… ALL FOR YOU!
trip highlights

Discover 3 Incredible Countries

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Deep Exploration of the Rainforests

The Greatest Biodiversity on Earth

5-Star Luxury on Le Bellot

Day 1 | MAR 7 | PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA | Board 3pm | Depart 6pm
Day 2 | MAR 8 | CURÚ WILDLIFE REFUGE, COSTA RICA
Day 3 | MAR 9 | CASA ORQUIDEAS & GOLFITO, COSTA RICA
Day 4 | MAR 10 | CÉBACO, PANAMA
Day 5 | MAR 11 | PLAYA MUERTO, DARIEN NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA
Day 6 | MAR 12 | TRANSITING THE PANAMA CANAL

Day 7 | MAR 13 | PORTOBELO, PANAMA
Day 8 | MAR 14 | CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Day 9 | MAR 15 | CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Day 10 | MAR 16 | HOLANDES CAYES, PANAMA
Day 11 | MAR 17 | COLÓN, PANAMA | Disembark by 9am

DAY 1
MARCH 7, 2023
PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA 10°N 85°W
BOARDING 3PM | DEPARTURE 6PM
PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA  10°N  85°W

The port of Puerto Caldera lies on the Pacific coast in the Puntarenas region at the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya. Areas of wilderness stretch along the coast. Further inland, you’ll find countless natural wonders in the generous rainforests of Costa Rica’s national parks. In addition, Poas and Arena volcanoes majestically tower over this region. In this abundant natural setting, Costa Rica protects one of the planet’s richest biodiversities: monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles, waterfalls, canyons, and more than ten thousand species of tropical plants.

DAY 2
MARCH 8, 2023
CURÚ WILDLIFE REFUGE
ARRIVE 12PM | DEPART 6PM
CURÚ WILDLIFE REFUGE

On the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula, the small Curú Wildlife Refuge is the oldest protected park in Costa Rica. This refuge is an exemplary site in terms of ecotourism. It’s also a research center for scientists from all over the world. It’s been at the heart of an original conservation and sustainable development project since the 1930s. After a short Zodiac trip, you’ll discover, via the paths that criss-cross the tropical forest and lead to magnificent beaches, the most emblematic species of Costa Rica: monkeys, iguanas and over 200 bird species. Since their recent reintroduction, the scarlet macaw and the spider monkey have thrived in this preserved environment.

DAY 3
MARCH 9, 2023
CASA ORQUIDEAS & GOLFITO, COSTA RICA
ARRIVE CASE ORQUIDEAS 8AM | DEPART 3PM
ARRIVE GOLFITO 4:30PM | DEPART 6PM
CASA ORQUIDEAS & GOLFITO, COSTA RICA

Le Bellot will sail across the gulf of Dulce in the direction of the splendid botanical garden of Casa Orquideas, which you’ll reach by Zodiac. Golfo Dulce is one of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world, unfolding and exposing what has been described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth.” More than 400 species of tropical birds, over 500 species of vascular plants, 140 species of tropical mammals, hundreds of butterfly species, and many more tropical organisms call this place home.

DAY 4
MARCH 10, 2023
CÉBACO, PANAMA
ARRIVE 9AM | DEPART 6PM
CÉBACO, PANAMA

Off the Pacific coast of Panama, at the entrance to the Gulf of Montijo, Cebaco Island conjures visions of paradise lost. Covered in tropical rainforest edged by white sandy beaches, it’s home to exceptionally rich plant and wildlife. The island offers a number of hiking routes that give you the chance to discover its pristine natural environment. Its magnificent coral reefs, located in the outlying regions of the Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are the refuge for many marine species and offer stunning underwater landscapes.

DAY 5
MARCH 11, 2023
PLAYA MUERTO, DARIEN NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA
ARRIVE 11:30AM | DEPART 6:30PM
PLAYA MUERTO, DARIEN NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA

The most remote and least developed region of Panama, the province of Darien is an unspoilt land with an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Darien National Park offers its extraordinary scenery of rocky coastlines, mountain ranges, mangroves, rivers, and creeks. Discover Playa Muerto, a tiny coastal village home to the Emberas Amerindian community. You’ll visit the village, attend traditional songs and dances of the locals, and admire beautiful local craft.

DAY 6
MARCH 12, 2023
TRANSITING THE PANAMA CANAL
ENTER 6AM | EXIT 6PM
TRANSITING THE PANAMA CANAL

Aboard Le Bellot, experience something wholly unique that’s inspired the imagination of numerous adventurers in the 20th century: sailing the Panama Canal. Its construction started in 1880 under the direction of Ferdinand de Lesseps. Abandoned then resumed, this marvel of engineering was completed by the United States in 1887 and opened in 1914. The canal crosses the Isthmus of Panama and links the Pacific to the Atlantic. This modern marvel allows ships to avoid having to round Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America.

DAY 7
MARCH 13, 2023
PORTOBELO, PANAMA
ARRIVE 7AM | DEPART 2PM
PORTOBELO, PANAMA

In the province of Colón, along the magnificent Caribbean coast of Panama, Portobelo is located not far from the famous canal. Given its name of “beautiful port” by Christopher Columbus, who landed here in 1502, this charming and peaceful bay was one of the most important ports for the shipping of precious metals from the New World to Spain. Don’t miss a visit to its fortifications, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town has preserved the strong religious and cultural traditions of its colonial past, such as the veneration of the Black Christ and a strongly-rooted Afro-Caribbean culture.

DAY 8
MARCH 14, 2023
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
ARRIVE 1PM | OVERNIGHT
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

A splendid harbor city in the north of Columbia and a source of inspiration for the Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez, Cartagena will win you over with its well-preserved colonial architecture and warm friendly atmosphere. You can visit the sumptuous UNESCO World Heritage fortified historical center, whose churches and houses have magnificent multi-colored façades. A witness of Spanish domination, the San Felipe de Barajas fortress stands on top of a hill from where you can admire views over the whole city. The Las Bóvedas neighborhood will charm you with its arcades, used as prison cells during the 19th century civil wars. We’ll overnight here, giving you the chance to melt into this exciting city.

DAY 9
MARCH 15, 2023
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
OVERNIGHT | DEPART 1PM
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

ave you lived out your Romancing the Stone dreams yet? If not, you’ve got the entire morning to do so!

DAY 10
MARCH 16, 2023
HOLANDES CAYES, PANAMA
ARRIVE 8:30AM | DEPART 6PM
HOLANDES CAYES, PANAMA

Beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters await you on this perfect day in Panama. After all your prior adventures, this beach day gives you the perfect break before our cruise comes to an end.

DAY 11
MARCH 17, 2023
COLÓN, PANAMA
ARRIVE 6AM | DISEMBARK BY 9AM
COLÓN, PANAMA

Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.

Most guests will fly home from PTY Airport. That’s Panama City, Panama’s main international airport. While Colón does have a small regional airport (ONX), there are very few connecting flights. PTY Airport is 56 miles/91km from where our ship will be docked in Colón; estimated travel time by car is 75-90 minutes.

While we work tirelessly to craft the perfect itinerary for each trip, it’s always subject to change based on weather, sea, and myriad other conditions.

 

Ship Highlights
Incomparable
Luxury on the
5-Star Le Bellot
AFT MARINA PLATFORM
AFT MARINA PLATFORM
(Deck 2) – The aft marina platform serves as a launch for tenders and water sports activities.
BLUE EYE
BLUE EYE
Located below the waterline, Blue Eye is the first ever multisensorial lounge, offering a unique experience: the opportunity to enjoy undersea views and the sounds of the marine world while sharing a drink together.
MAIN RESTAURANT
MAIN RESTAURANT
(Deck 4) Located aft, prepare to indulge in delicious cuisine with a decidedly French flair.
GRILL RESTAURANT
GRILL RESTAURANT
(Deck 3) An exterior grill restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance and atmosphere.
PANORAMIC LOUNGE
PANORAMIC LOUNGE
(Deck 6) Located high atop the ship, this lounge offers 180-degree views overlooking the ship’s bow.
MAIN LOUNGE
MAIN LOUNGE
(Deck 3) A perfect place to relax during the day and join VACAYA Piano Bar Sing-Alongs at night.
EXCURSION DESK
EXCURSION DESK
(Deck 3) Find information and book optional excursions and activities here once onboard.
THEATER
THEATER
(Deck 3) Both PONANT and VACAYA entertainers bring this beautiful venue roaring to life.
GYM
GYM
(Deck 7) The ship features a well-equipped gym with panoramic ocean views.
L’ESPACE BIEN ENTRE SPA & HAMMAM
L’ESPACE BIEN ENTRE SPA & HAMMAM
(Deck 7) Relax those muscles with a massage or in the thermal sauna with friends.
POOL
POOL
(Deck 3) The heated swimming pool offers panoramic views and is equipped with an exterior bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.

 

Go deeper into the Mystic Jungle than ever before… only with VACAYA. You know what to do…

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