Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Machu Picchu

Price from $8,772

Departure date
October 12, 2023
12 days

Join this expedition to four Latin American countries southbound from Costa Rica, uncovering ancient pyramids, exceptionally beautiful national reserves, and delicious local delicacies

Along your voyage you will visit cities in Ecuador and Peru to experience beautiful beaches and UNESCO sites. You’ll then get to explore the biggest archaeological mystery of them all, the mighty Machu Picchu. 

Our small ships mean we can take you to where larger ships can’t, giving you a mix of places to explore, from cities to remote islands. At times, due to weather, we may need to change or cancel our plan for that day. Rest assured that this is all part of what it is to be on an authentic adventure in this exotic region.  

Paradises in Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador  

From Puntarenas we’ll journey to Quepos and Golfito, two ports that give access to nearby Costa Rican national parks full of scenic habitats and animal life such as toucans, iguana, sloths, monkeys and a range of seabirds. We stop at Manta to visit Montecristi, where classic Panama hats were invented and still handmade to this day. And while in Puerto Bolivar we learn about the historical importance of the oro verde for the local economy.  

Peruvian pyramids  

First call in Peru will be at Salaverry, where you can tour the ancient temple and city ruins around Trujillo. Then we head to colonial Lima, the Peruvian capital, from where you’ll take a flight to the Andean highlands.  

Inca Secrets and Mysteries 

Admire the imposing Ollantaytambo fortress before boarding the Belmond Hiram Bingham train to once hidden Machu Picchu. Wandering the ruins, you might develop your own theories as to the mountain city’s mysterious rise and fall, the facts of which still elude archaeologists today. We then travel to Sacsayhuamán fortress above Cusco where you get to behold Inca craftsmanship and architecture at their finest. Your adventure comes to an end in the Peruvian capital of Lima, home to a historic centre boasting colonial cathedrals and Baroque buildings.

What's Included

Route overview

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

Day 1

Beginning of your exotic expedition

Day 2

Costa Rica’s favorite paradise

Day 3

From Bananas to Bargains

Day 4

Serenity at sea

Day 5

Sea, sand, surf… and tuna?

Day 6

Growing green gold

Day 7

At your leisure

Day 8

An archaeologist’s dream

Day 9

On your way to the Sacred Valley

Day 10

‘The Lost City of the Incas’

Day 11

Center of the Incan Empire

Day 12

‘The City of Kings’

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 Program

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Enhance your cruise

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Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Machu Picchu