Inca History, Colonial Highlights & the Panama Canal

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Departure Dates
3 departures between Oct 2022 and Oct 2023

Discover some of South America's most incredible historic sights

  • 15-day expedition cruise through the Panama Canal and down South America's Pacific coast to see fascinating Inca and colonial history brought to life.

  • Visit indigenous coastal communities as you journey to Ecuador, Peru and Chile, and learn about their unique cultures with your Expedition Team.

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, tour the Ballestas Islands and its colourful wildlife, and discover archaeological mysteries.

From the Atlantic to the Pacific

Your expedition cruise starts from Colón, with a tour through the Panama Canal's intricate series of locks, and then south to Manta in Ecuador. Visit the home of Panama hats in Montecristo, and Puerto Bolivar.

Uncover ancient Inca mysteries

In Peru, you'll explore lively Lima and its UNESCO-listed historic centre. A visit to the Ballestas Islands will excite wildlife watchers, and you can also see the mysterious Nazca Lines, etched into the Pisco Valley. You'll then sail on to Chile and the beautiful resort cities of Arica, Iquique and La Serena, before your cruise ends in Valparaíso.

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

An aerial view of Colón

Day 1

Embarking at Colón

Panama Canal from above.

Day 2

Through the Panama Canal

Man and woman standing on outdoor deck with binoculars looking for birds.

Day 3

On the way to Ecuador

An aerial view of Montecristi, near Manta

Day 4

Made in Montecristi

Hummingbird sitting in a tree.

Day 5

Bountiful Puerto Bolivar

Man in shirt, onboard photographer, standing with a camera in the expedition lounge.

Day 6

Science and leisure

Chan Chan

Day 7

Trujillo and Chan Chan

Mobile fruit stand in Lima

Day 8

Ancient and modern Lima

Sea lions sitting on cliffs in the Ballestas Islands

Day 9

Ballestas and Nazca

An artist sketching

Day 10

Clear skies, cool climate

Chile's coastline, close to Arica

Day 11

Sunny Arica

City skyline from the water's edge

Day 12

Iquique and the Atacama

Looking out to sea from up on deck

Day 13

Relax at sea

Wooden bridge in a La Serena park

Day 14

Stunning La Serena

Colourful houses in Valparaíso

Day 15

Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

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

South America

Inca History, Colonial Highlights & the Panama Canal