Panama Canal, Native Communities and Cultures

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Departure Dates
September 29, 2022 and September 26, 2023
18 days

Discover the Panama Canal, local communities and vibrant wildlife

  • 18-day expedition cruise starting from Colón, through the Panama Canal, before travelling down South America's Pacific Coast to Valparaíso in Chile.

  • Visit indigenous coastal communities of Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, and learn about their history and culture with the Expedition Team.

  • Cross the Equator and cruise from the Atlantic to the South Pacific, as we explore UNESCO-listed cities, jungle, desert and national parks.

From the Atlantic to the Pacific

We'll pass from one ocean to another as you cruise through the Panama Canal, exploring its complex lock system – an impressive engineering feat. And see where Panama hats are made... in Ecuador.

Journey into the jungle

Learn about South America's indigenous cultures on a visit to an authentic Embera village and a hosted walk with an Afro Columbian community. We'll also explore Isla de la Plata and the Ballestas Islands, said to rival the Galapagós in their variety of wildlife. Keep a lookout for crocodiles, alligators, monkeys, sloths, and rare, colourful birdlife.

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

A view over Colón, Panama

Day 1

Embarking at Colón

The Panama Canal

Day 2

Through the Panama Canal

The Embera tribe

Day 3

Meet the Embera tribe

Bird up close in Bahia Solano, Colombia

Day 4

Afro Colombian culture

Woman and man on outdoor deck looking for birds, pointing and looking in binoculars.

Day 5

Relax at sea

Woman standing in front of a shop, looking at hats.

Day 6

Made in Montecristi

The coastline of Isla de la Plata.

Day 7

Birds of Isla de la Plata

Hummingbird sitting in a tree.

Day 8

Bountiful Puerto Bolivar

Looking out to sea from up on deck

Day 9

Science and leisure

Day 10

Trujillo and Chan Chan

Day 11

Ancient and modern Lima

Sea lions by Paracas' Ballestas Islands

Day 12

Ballestas and Nazca

An onboard art activity

Day 13

Fresh salt air

San Marcos Cathedral, Arica, Chile

Day 14

Sunny Arica

The UNESCO listed abandoned city of Humberstone

Day 15

Iquique and the Atacama

Passengers gazing out to sea

Day 16

Unwind on board

A beautiful public park in La Serena, Chile

Day 17

Relax in La Serena

Colourful houses in Valparaíso

Day 18

Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

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