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Natural Wonders of Central America

Central America Costa Rica Panama Canal Cruise

Summary : Set sail on an expedition cruise crossing no fewer than six countries. Discover the most beautiful sites of Central America, featuring nature parks, idyllic islands and opportunities to meet with local people too. Call at San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and travel to Granada at the foot of the Mombacho volcano. This town is teeming with architectural treasures, and combines Moorish, Andalusian, Baroque and neo-Classical styles. Visit the beautiful Poas Volcano National Parc and explore the Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica. This idyllic speck of land has an amazing ecosystem, home to turtles, manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks. On the way to Ecuador, stop in the Pearl Islands nestled in the Gulf of Panama, before sailing on to the magnificent Darien National Park. This little corner of paradise is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to remarkable plants and wildlife. Sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, mangroves, swamps and tropical rainforests coexist beautifully together.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Embark the vessel in the afternoon.

Day 2
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the presentations on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. For lovers of the open sea, visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 3
San Juan del Sur

Considered Nicaragua's surfing capital, the attractive seaside resort of San Juan del Sur is an idyllic location for chilling in the waves. You're guaranteed to fall in love with this former fishing town on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, now a popular seaside holiday spot. Less than a two-hour drive away is the city of Granada, founded in 1524 at the foot of the Mombacho volcano. Clinging to the shores of Lake Nicaragua, the town is a stunning example of colonial architecture, with its narrow streets and Al-Andalus houses painted in bright colours. Don't miss out on a tour of its La Merced church, wander around the main square and explore the San Francisco convent.

Please inquire about your choices of excursions, some are included others have a fee:
Masaya Volcano & Colonial Granda (included)
Mombacho Volcano Crater Hike (extra fee)
Colonial Granada (included)

Day 4
Puerto Caldera

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, among the countless natural wonders to be found in the generous rainforest of the Costa Rica’s national parks, Poas and Arena volcanoes towers up in all their majestic glory. In this luxuriant natural setting, Costa Rica protects one of the planet’s richest biodiversity: monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles, waterfalls, canyons, and more than ten thousand species of tropical plants.

Please inquire about your choices of excursions, some are included others have a fee:
Tropical Rainforest, A Universe of Knowledge (included)
Canopy Tour (extra fee)

Day 5
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the presentations on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. For lovers of the open sea, visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 6
Cocos Island

Situated off the coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island boasts an incredible ecosystem consisting of a lush tropical forest, more than 200 waterfalls, and turquoise-blue waters that are home to turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and other marine life. Cocos Island is also known as “Treasure Island”. The nickname comes not from the richness of the island’s flora and fauna, but from the fact that, between the 17th and 19th centuries, it was a favorite place for pirates to hide their booty. Today, it is a destination for distinguished researchers and highly skilled divers. The only way to reach this veritable Garden of Eden is by cruise ship.

Day 7
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the presentations on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. For lovers of the open sea, visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 8
Cebaco Island

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, home to exceptionally rich plant and wildlife, the island offers a number of hiking routes along which 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 9
Pacheca Island / Flamenco Island

Pacheca is a small uninhabited island in the far north of the Pearl Islands, home to numerous birds that your naturalist guides will help you to observe and recognize from the ship’s deck. The Pearl Islands archipelago, formed by over 220 islands and islets, is named in memory of the pearl oysters present in the Gulf of Panama. In colonial times, the pearls were extracted and used as ornaments or currency. “La Peregrina” was discovered in this archipelago: this pearl is famous for its perfection and for belonging to several royals and, more recently, Elizabeth Taylor.

An artificial peninsula situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador is the gateway to several noteworthy sites. Right near there, the impressive Miraflores Locks are a shining example of the engineering feats deployed during the construction of the Panama Canal. Further north, you’ll have an exceptional opportunity to journey back in time as you discover the Embera tribe, loyal guardians of the forest and of the Chagres River. This proud people have successfully preserved their traditions and their ancestral way of life, which pre-date the colonization of the region by the Spanish. In these villages nestling amid dense vegetation, visitors are greeted with traditional dancing.

Please inquire about your choices of included excursions:
Miraflores Locks (included)
Frank Gehry Museum & Colonial Panama (included)

Day 10
Darien National Park

The most remote and least developed region of Panama, the province of Darien is an unspoiled land with an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna. Listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, 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 will visit the village, attend traditional songs and dances of the locals, and admire beautiful local craft.

Please inquire about your choices of included excursions:
Embera Indian Village (included)

Day 11
Bahia Solano

Bahía Solano is in the Chocó Department. Delimited in the north by the Serranía del Darién, it is one of the most inaccessible regions in Colombia, covered by one of the most luxuriant tropical rainforests on the planet. The mists brought in by the Pacific winds that break on the mountains of the western range generously soak the coast of the Gulf of Cupica and maintain the exceptional biodiversity of the warm waters and jungle in these parts where nature reigns supreme.

Day 12 – 13
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the presentations on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. For lovers of the open sea, visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 14
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Disembark the vessel after breakfast.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Bilingual Departures: All departures French/English.

Included:
Shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; all meals onboard ship; 24-hour room service onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship. Butler service is included for guests staying in Deck 6 Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; any ground services before and/or after the cruise; visa and passport fees; optional excursions during the trip (see itinerary for details); travel and medical insurance; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, laundry, and hair salon; premium alcohol; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos ©: Philip & Guillaume Plisson (Panama Canal); Margot Sib (monkey, toucan)

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