Our journey begins in lush Costa Rican rain forest, before we sail south to Bocos del Toro for a chance to snorkel in the clear blue waters. Later, we enjoy a transit of the iconic Panama Canal, then on to explore wildlife at Isla de la Plata. In Peru, we visit fantastic sites of ancient civilisations, before experiencing the colonial beauty of Lima, exploring the mystery of the Nazca Lines and ending our journey in colourful Valparaíso.
Our first stop in Panama is among the sandy Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro. Unwind on the beautiful beaches or take to the waters to investigate the magnificent coral reefs.
After a technical stop at Colón, be sure to go out on deck as Fram maneuvers through a series of locks and artificial canals that make up the amazing Panama Canal.
Next, on to Puerto Piña, where we may observe whales. Enjoy our lecture programme on a day at sea, then step ashore at Isla de la Plata, known Ecuador’s “other Galapagos” because of the abundance of wildlife found here. Take a nature trial hike or head down to a sandy beach; either way be sure to keep a lookout for blue- footed boobies, albatross and many other bird species.
In Salaverry, we visit the ruins of the ancient Chimu kingdom, featuring the largest mud brick citadel of the Americas from the pre-Columbian era. Then we sail to Peru’s capital Lima, with its ornate colonial architecture.
Lines of mystery
At San Martin, you can explore the beautiful and mysterious geoglyphs known as the Nazca Lines. The largest of the figures is over 300 metres in size and we suggest they are best viewed from above!
The journey concludes in the poetically lovely city of Valparaíso. Enjoy a ride on one of the funiculars for a sweeping panoramic view of the bay and colourful houses.
This voyage offers an unforgettable experience, with wild nature, fascinating cities, vibrant South American culture and captivating lectures.