Panama Canal, Native Communities and Cultures with Galápagos Islands

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Departure date
September 29, 2022
16 days

See Galápagos wildlife on a South American cultural adventure

  • 16-day expedition cruise down South America's Pacific coast, from Panama and Colombia to Ecuador and Peru, sailing through the Panama Canal.

  • Spend three days in the Galápagos archipelago, including beautiful Santa Cruz Island, seeing unforgettable wildlife.

  • Visit Ecuador and Peru, encountering indigenous coastal communities, as well as ancient cultures that have shaped this region.

Ancient traditions and diverse cultures

Cruise through the magnificent Panama Canal, seeing its giant locks up close and looking out for Pacific Ocean wildlife along the way. Meet the indigenous Embera people, visit Afro Colombian Bahía Solano, and discover the UNESCO-listed treasures of Quito, Lima and Trujillo.

Galápagos adventures

Your expedition ends with a three-day tour of the famous Galápagos Islands, where you’ll explore spectacular landscapes, and observe wildlife endemic to the islands – Darwin’s finches, giant tortoises and bright marine iguanas.

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

Colorful buildings next to the water

Day 1

Embarking at Colón

Panoramic view of the Panama Canal

Day 2

Through the Panama Canal

Native with traditional tattoos

Day 3

Meet the Embera tribe

Close up of  a green parrot

Day 4

Afro Colombian culture

Passengers looking over the deck

Day 5

Relax and learn onboard

Panoramic view of Montecristi, Ecuador

Day 6

Made in Montecristi

Two blue footed bobbies

Day 7

Birds of Isla de la Plata

Hummingbird standing in a tree

Day 8

Bountiful Puerto Bolivar

Art classes onboard

Day 9

Science and leisure

Ruins of Chan Chan in Peru

Day 10

Trujillo and Chan Chan

View of a cathedral and city in the background

Day 11

High up in Quito

Sculpture in a museum

Day 12

Discover Quito

Gigant tortoise next to a woman

Day 13

Santa Cruz Island

Sea lion resting on the rocks

Day 14-15

Galápagos island hopping 

Two people in the jungle

Day 16

Return to Ecuador

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.

Young Explorers Programme

Welcome all young explorers

Special offers

Expedition exclusive cost savings and rare opportunities.

* Certain offers may not be combinable, up to two savings opportunities except where noted otherwise

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Panama Canal, Native Communities and Cultures with Galápagos Islands