South America – Panama Canal and Andean Coast Discoveries
Duration: 17 days
Ship: MS Fram
October 8, 2020
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- Explore the best of Central and South America on an expedition cruise to remember
- Pass through the legendary Panama Canal
- Get the chance to discover fascinating archaeological sites like Chan-Chan and the Nazca Lines
- Experience rich wildlife above and below the water’s surface
- Day 1 San José, Costa Rica - Embarkation
- Day 2 San José / Puerto Limón, Costa Rica
- Day 3 Bocas del Toro, Panama
- Day 4 Panama Canal, Panama
- Day 5-6 At sea
- Day 7 Guayaquil
- Day 8 At Sea
- Day 9 Salaverry, Peru
- Day 10 Callao / Lima, Peru
- Day 11 Paracas, Peru
- Day 12 At sea
- Day 13 Arica, Chile
- Day 14-15 At sea
- Day 16 La Serena, Chile
- Day 17 Valparaíso, Chile
After your arrival in the Costa Rican capital, San José, stroll the streets and discover the neo-classical grandeur of this unique Central American metropolis.
We recommend enhancing your stay by adding a pre-cruise Land Adventure to impressive Manual Antonio National Park.
We head towards the Caribbean coast and tour along the canals of Tortuguero National Park, before we embark on MS Fram in Puerto Limón, one of the oldest cities on the continent. The port was established in 1502 when Christopher Columbus landed here during his exploration of the New World.
We begin our journey along the Caribbean coast of Panama, heading for Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of islands, cays, and thousands of islets.
Bocas is brimming with sandy beaches and called the “Galápagos of the Caribbean” because it is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.
We enter the Panama Canal near the city of Colón. Experience the thrill of canal transit and intricacy of the locks system as MS Fram is lifted more than 80 ft above sea level, from one body of water to the next. We enter the Pacific Ocean near Balboa.
Spend time on deck fully enjoying the serenity of our days at sea. Hear our experienced lecturers and meet our expedition team outside on deck to spot marine wildlife. As we cross the Equator, we ask King Neptune for permission and invite him onboard. Join us for a proper baptism!
Welcome to Ecuador! Guayaquil was founded in 1538 and quickly became the largest shipyard in South America, often being attacked by pirates. Stroll through the historic center with parks and colonial mansions, visit the Mercado Artesanal, the city’s largest artisan market, or walk along the riverfront at Malecón 2000.
Our expedition team continues its lecture program, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarizing the voyage so far and letting you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.
The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for an optional excursion to the ancient Chimu kingdom (700-1400 A.D.). The ancient city of Chan Chan (Sun-Sun) is considered the largest mud-brick citadel of the pre-Hispanic Americas and was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1986.
We dock at the seaside city of Callao, some 9 miles from the historic center of Lima, the capital of Peru. Discover the “City of Kings” and the Plaza de Armas, where Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535. Lima’s historic center was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988.
Paracas is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley with the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines and geoglyphs. These lines were scratched onto the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.
Join the expedition team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh salt air as you scout for wildlife.
Arica is blessed with a warm climate all year round, and we will spend a full day here. Explore the city, walk up the “El Morro” cliff to get a panoramic view, see the beaches or visit the archaeological sites with some of the world's oldest known mummies.
Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The expedition team recaps our voyage and continues its lecture program.
La Serena, a seaside settlement, is one of the oldest cities in Chile. The town is overflowing with colorful gardens and beautiful churches. In the Archaeological Museum, you can learn about the ancient Diaguita culture that thrived in the region before the Incan conquest.
Included in Your Expedition
- Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
- One hotel night in San José before the cruise including breakfast
- Transfer from hotel to ship in Puerto Limón including lunch and excursion
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
- A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team
- Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail through
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
- Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
- Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
- Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
- Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
- Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
- Destination-focused onboard library
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- A farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
- All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
- Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- No gratuities expected
Not Included In Your Expedition
- International flights
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Travel protection plan
- Luggage handling
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Length||114 m / 374 ft|
|Beam||20.2 m / 66 ft|
The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.