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17-day South America – Panama Canal and Andean Coast Discoveries

San José, Costa Rica to Valparaíso, Chile

Join an unforgettable expedition cruise and sail from the azure waters of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and down along the scenic western coast of South America to Valparaíso in Chile. Explore the contrasts of modern cities and historic ancient civilizations, and enjoy sea days at your leisure.

Highlights:

San José (Costa Rica) | Manuel Antonio National Park (optional) | Tortuguero National Park | Puerto Limón | Bocas del Toro | Solarte Island or Bastimentos Island | Panama Canal | Crossing the Equator | Guayaquil (Ecuador) | Salaverry, Peru | Moon Temple or ancient city of Chan Chan | Callao (Peru) | Nazca Lines | Ballestas Islands | Arica | Atacama Coastal Walk | La Serena (Chile) | Valparaíso (Chile)

Includes:

• Explore the best of Central and South America on an expedition cruise to remember
• Pass through the legendary Panama Canal
• Get the chance to discover fascinating archaeological sites like Chan-Chan and the Nazca Lines
• Experience rich wildlife above and below the water’s surface

Amenities:

Cruise Ship: MS Roald Amundsen (Oct 3 departure), MS Fram (Oct 8 departure).

Level of support:

Self Guided

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17 days

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Departure dates:
Oct. 3, 2020;
Oct 8, 2020

 
Inside cabin, Oct. 3, 2020
$8,104 per person

 
Inside cabin, Oct. 8, 2020
$5,710 per person

 
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Day 1: San José, Costa Rica - Embarkation
After your arrival in the Costa Rican capital of San José, stroll the streets and discover the neo-classical grandeur of this unique Central American metropolis. We recommend enhancing your stay by adding a pre-cruise Land Adventure to impressive Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day 2: San José / Puerto Limón, Costa Rica
We head towards the Caribbean coast and take a boat ride along the canals of Tortuguero National Park, before we embark MS Roald Amundsen in Puerto Limón, one of the oldest cities on the continent. The port was established in 1502 when Christopher Columbus landed here during his exploration of the New World.

Day 3: Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bocas is brimming with clapboard houses, a laidback atmosphere and sandy beaches. Called the “Galápagos of the Caribbean,” Bocas del Toro is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

Day 4: Panama Canal, Panama
We enter the Panama Canal near the city of Colón. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the locks system firsthand, as our expedition ship is lifted more than 85 ft above sea level, from one body of water to the next. We enter the Pacific Ocean near the town of Balboa.

Day 5-6: At sea
Spend time on deck fully enjoying the serenity of our days at sea. Hear our experienced lecturers and meet our expedition team outside on deck to spot marine wildlife. As we cross the Equator, we ask King Neptune for permission and invite him onboard. Join us for a proper baptism!

Day 7: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Welcome to Ecuador! Guayaquil was founded in 1538 and quickly became the largest shipyard in South America, often being attacked by pirates. Stroll through the historic center with parks and colonial mansions, visit the Mercado Artesanal, the city’s largest artisan market, or walk along the riverfront at Malecón 2000.

Day 8: At Sea
Our expedition team continues its lecture program, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarizing the voyage so far and letting you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.

Day 9: Salaverry, Peru
The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for an optional excursion to the ancient Chimu kingdom (700-1400 A.D.). The ancient city of Chan Chan (Sun-Sun) is considered the largest mud-brick citadel of the pre-Hispanic Americas and was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1986.

Day 10: Callao / Lima, Peru
We dock at the seaside city of Callao, some 9 miles from the historic center of Lima, the capital of Peru. Discover the “City of Kings” and the Plaza de Armas, where Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535. Lima’s historic center was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988.

Day 11: Paracas, Peru
Paracas is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley with the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines and geoglyphs. These lines were scratched onto the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.

Day 12: At sea
Days at sea mean you can join the expedition team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh salt air as you scout for wildlife. Of course, there’s also plenty of time to chat with your fellow explorers.

Day 13: Arica, Chile
Arica is blessed with a warm climate all year round, and we will spend a full day here. Explore the city, walk up the “El Morro” cliff to get a panoramic view, see the beaches or visit the archaeological sites with some of the world's oldest known mummies.

Day 14-15: At sea
Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The expedition team recaps our cruise and continues its lecture program.

Day 16: La Serena, Chile
La Serena, a seaside settlement, is one of the oldest cities in Chile. The town is overflowing with colorful gardens and beautiful churches. In the Archaeological Museum, you can learn about the ancient Diaguita culture that thrived in the region before the Incan conquest.

Day 17: Valparaíso, Chile - Disembarkation
Our expedition ends in the wonderful, colorful and poetic city of Valparaíso. After disembarking the ship, take some time to stroll the UNESCO-listed historic quarter, or ride a funicular to one of the many hilltops for a citywide panorama.

Location Map:

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