Diverse Cultures and National Parks of Latin America (Southbound)

Price from
A$8,808

Departure date
October 12, 2023
Duration
16 days

Join this expedition to five Latin American countries southbound from Costa Rica to Chile, uncovering ancient pyramids, exceptionally beautiful national reserves, and delicious local delicacies

Come on an active expedition cruise south along the Pacific Coast to discover the cultural charms of Latin America from vibrant cities to natural wildlife sanctuaries.

Our small ships mean we can take you to where larger ships can’t, giving you a mix of places to explore, from cities to remote islands. At times, due to weather, we may need to change or cancel our plan for that day. Rest assured that this is all part of what it is to be on an authentic adventure in this exotic region.  

Paradises in Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador  

From Puntarenas we’ll journey to Quepos and Golfito, two ports that give access to nearby Costa Rican national parks full of scenic habitats and animal life such as toucans, iguana, sloths, monkeys and a range of seabirds. We stop at Manta to visit Montecristi, where classic Panama hats were invented and still handmade to this day. And while in Puerto Bolivar we learn about the historical importance of the oro verde for the local economy.  

Peruvian pyramids and Chilean cities 

First call in Peru will be at Salaverry, where you can tour the ancient temple and city ruins around Trujillo. Then we head to colonial Lima, a UNESCO capital with a sumptuous cuisine offer. Next it’s Paracas, where you can visit bio-diverse Ballestas Islands, then the sun-soaked resort towns of Arica and Iquique, the old colonial town of La Serena, and eventually the UNESCO-listed Valparaíso, where your expedition will come to an end.

What's Included

Onboard activities

Landing activities


Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Day 1

Beginning of your exotic expedition

Day 2

Costa Rica’s favourite paradise

Day 3

From Bananas to Bargains

Microscopes in the Science Center onboard the ship.

Day 4

Serenity at sea

Day 5

Sea, sand, surf… and tuna?

Day 6

Growing green gold

Day 7

At your leisure

Day 8

An archaeologist’s dream

Day 9

Food, glorious food

Birds sitting on a rock, Ballestas Islands

Day 10

Birds and brandy

Day 11

Fresh sea air

Day 12

‘City of Everlasting Spring’

Day 13

Chile’s Premier Beach Resort

Day 14

Relax on board

Day 15

Neo-colonial and classy

Day 16

End of your exotic expedition

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

Included Activities

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

South America

Diverse Cultures and National Parks of Latin America (Southbound)