Panama Canal, Native Communities and Cultures with Machu Picchu

Departure date
13 days

Cruise Overview

Enter the Panama Canal aboard your expedition ship to experience one of the greatest man-made modern wonders.

Enter the Panama Canal and sail south to coastal cities and national parks in Panama, Ecuador and Peru before exploring Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Venture deep into the jungle of Darien National Park to meet the Embera and continue south along the Pacific Coast to visit charming communities. You’ll then explore Inca and colonial sites in the Sacred Valley, including the magnificent Machu Picchu.

Canal Transit and National Parks

Your expedition cruise starts in Colón as you sail into ingeniously engineered locks of the Panama Canal. Once through, you head for Darien National Park where you’ll travel up river through the jungle to the indigenous Embra community living there. Tour the Afro Colombian community in Bahía Solano before continuing to Montecristi via Manta, the actual home of the Panama hat. From there, you’ll arrive at Isla de la Plata, brimming with birdlife in Ecuador’s only coastal national park, Parque National Machalilla.

Archaeological highlights

When we port in Puerto Bolivar, you may be able to visit a banana plantation or see exotic wildlife in Buenaventura Nature Reserve on optional excursions. Challenging currents could mean landing at Salaverry isn’t possible, but if we do go ashore, you might visit the ruins of Chan Chan city or Mochican temple pyramids on optional excursions. You’ll disembark in Lima, fly to Cusco in the Sacred Valley, and explore the remains of Inca fortresses, the mysteries of Machu Picchu, and a colonial cathedral and convent.


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

Gateway to the Panama Canal

Day 1

Connecting Two Oceans

Day 2

Afro Colombian vibes

Day 3

Crossing the Equator

Day 4

Made in Montecristi

Day 5

Ecuador’s other Galápagos

Day 6

Growing green gold

Day 7

At Your Leisure

Day 8

Ancient Kingdoms

Day 9

On your way to the Sacred Valley

Day 10

‘The Lost City of the Incas’

Day 11

Centre of the Incan Empire

Day 12

‘The City of Kings’

Day 13

What's included

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune. 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Land-Programme Peru/Machu Picchu after the expedition cruise

  • Two nights at Tambo del Inka Resort, including half board
  • One night in Lima, including breakfast
  • 3-course set lunch on day 12, 13 and packed lunch on day 11
  • Return economy flight Lima-Cusco-Lima
  • All transfers and train rides as described, including English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees according to programme

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

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