Panama Canal, Native Communities and Cultures (Southbound)

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17 days

Transit the famous Panama Canal before sailing south to visit colonial towns, a unique national park, and a range of coastal communities across five South American countries.

You’ll first transit the famous Panama Canal aboard your ship, passing through huge locks from the Atlantic to the Pacific. We’ll then sail south, taking you to two national parks, a village of indigenous Embera deep in the jungle, and a range of charming coastal communities across Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.

Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador

Board your ship in Colón and sail into the Panama Canal where you’ll see its system of locks in action. We’ll then meet an Embera community in Darien National Park and learn about their traditions. In Bahía Solano, the close-knit Afro Colombian community will host a tour of the town for you, complete with song and dance. Crossing the Equator, it’s on to Montecristi near Manta where Panama hats are still handwoven today. Isla de la Plata is part of Machalilla National Park and home to 32 species of bird. Pick from a choice of optional excursions in Puerto Bolivar, including a visit to a banana plantation.

Peru and Chile

If weather allows, we’ll go ashore in Salaverry to explore pre-Incan ruins on optional excursions before arriving at Peru’s pulsating capital, Lima. Optional excursions in Paracas may take you to wildlife in the Ballestas Islands or the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the way to our final stop of Valparaíso, you'll explore sunny beaches in Arica, an Atacama Desert mining town in Iquique and neo-colonial architecture in La Serena.

What's Included

Expedition Cruise

Onboard Activities

Landing Activities

Route overview

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

Colón, Panama

Day 1

Connecting Two Oceans

Day 2

Afro Colombian vibes

Day 3

Relax on board

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

‘The City of Kings’

Day 10

Birds and brandy

Day 11

Fresh Salt Air

Day 12

City of Everlasting Spring

Day 13

Chile’s Premier Beach Resort

Day 14

Relax on board

Day 15

‘The City of Churches’

Day 16

UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

Day 17

Ships on this expedition

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