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Colon to Guayaquil: Central America Expedition Cruise

Colon to Guayaquil: Central America Expedition Cruise

From USD $6,300

Description

The Darien has an almost mythical quality to it — an enigmatic land full of exotic plants, rare wildlife, and indigenous people, unburdened by modern life. After an exciting Panama Canal transit, set sail to discover this formidable wilderness. Yet even the Darien pales in comparison with Utria National Park; accompanied by our experts, spend two full days exploring its beauty and mystery.

Trip Name
Colon to Guayaquil: Central America Expedition Cruise
Days
9
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 108 metres Passenger Capacity: 144 Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2008 / 2018 Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Days 1 - 2 COLON
The provincial capital of Colón, beside the canal's Atlantic entrance, is named for the Spanish-language surname of Christopher Columbus, though the Americans called it Aspinwall in the 19th century. It was once a prosperous city, as the architecture of its older buildings attests, but it spent the second half of the 20th century in steady decay.
Day 2 - Day 3 PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT
The Panama Canal bisects the country just to the west of Panama City, which enjoys excellent views of the monumental waterway. Between the canal and the rain forest that covers its islands, banks, and adjacent national parks, there is enough to see and do to fill several days. Central Panama stretches out from the canal across three provinces and into two oceans to comprise everything from the mountains of the Cordillera Central to the west, to the Caribbean coral reefs and colonial fortresses in the north, to the beaches of the Pearl Islands in the Bahía de Panamá (Bay of Panama) in the south.
Day 3 - Day 4 DARIEN JUNGLE
The remote Darien Jungle has one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. It is also one of the world’s top ten birding sites, with the colourful Crimson-collared Tanager, Chestnut-fronted Macaws, and Snow-bellied Hummingbirds found here. Mammals include tapirs and Black-headed Spider Monkeys. In this roadless stretch of forest, rivers provide the best access. Visitors to the Darien Jungle are rare with fewer than 1,000 tourists visiting each year.
Day 4 - Day 5 BAHIA SOLANO (CHOCO) & UTRIA NATIONAL PARK (NUQUI HARBOUR)
Bahía Solano is located in splendid isolation; connected to the outside world by a single, small local airport. Tucked inside a bay, the small Columbian town is lined by the Pacific Ocean on one side and thick, impenetrable jungle flush with waterfalls on the other. The majority of the 10,000 residents work in local industries, which are predominantly fishing, agriculture and eco-tourism.
Day 5 - Day 6 UTRIA NATIONAL PARK (NUQUI HARBOUR)
Sitting on Colombia’s Pacific coast is the lush tract of Utría National Park. From coral reefs and mangroves in the marine realm, to tropical rainforest and rocky beaches where sea turtles come to lay their eggs, few places in the world encompass the diversity of Utría’s ecosystems. The forest here offers a choice of trails to explore. In addition to a wealth of wildlife, the park boasts several species of impressive timber trees, notably the area’s beloved Cohiba tree and the Oquendo tree, which are used in the creation of local art and handicrafts.
Day 6 - Day 7 GORGONA ISLAND
Isla Gorgona is a beautiful tropical island and a national park. Packed with lush green rainforest, palm trees and beaches full of black volcanic rocks, this little island off the Colombian coast was used by Pizarro and his thirteen followers before they eventually went south to inspect and later conquer Peru. The island is named after its plentiful supply of snakes, which might have been one of the reasons to utilize the island until the 1980s as a prison. Today only limited amounts of visitors are allowed ashore to explore the prison ruins, hike in the rainforest or snorkel.
Day 7 - Day 8 ISLA DE LA PLATA
Isla de la Plata translates to ‘Island of Silver’, and the name was derived from the legend of swashbuckling pirate Sir Francis Drake’s buried silver treasure. The popular legend states that in the 16th century, hundreds of tons of silver and gold were never fully recovered and are still hidden on the island. The island was privately owned until 1979, when it was declared part of Ecuador’s Machalilla National Park. Best known for its fauna, which is amazingly similar to that of the Galapagos Islands, Isla de la Plata is a delightful place for birding, photography and long nature walks.
Day 8 - Day 9 MACHALA
Several National Sanctuaries and Ecological Reserves found near Machala boast sun-drenched beaches and mangrove forests. Pelicans, frigatebirds, and egrets nest nearby as Blue-footed Boobies dive for fish further out to sea. Whales and dolphins can occasionally be seen in the vicinity. Machala, with a population of approximately 250,000 inhabitants, is moreover known for traditional Latin American foods from shrimp ceviche to fried bananas. In fact, bananas feature heavily in the culture as the city is also known as the “Capital of the Banana.
Day 9 - Day 10 GUAYAQUIL
The second major jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands after Quito, this is a little city with a big heart. A sea port first and foremost, the city’s personality has been founded on that, and all the better it is for it too. Almost Caribbean in feeling, the clement climate coupled with the intermingling rhythms floating from the windows and abundance of fresh seafood make this a very tropical destination. Once not even considered by the travel books as a potential destination in its own right, the city has undergone something of a resurgence in the past few years.
Day 10 - Please Note:
Expedition highlights and itinerary listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $6,300Adventurer Suite. From
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $7,000Explorer Suite. From
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $7,300View Suite. From
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $9,300Vista Suite. From
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $9,600Veranda Suite. From
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $11,200Medallion Suite. From
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $11,400Silver Suite. From
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $12,000Grand Suite. From
31-10-202008-11-2020USD $13,800Owner's Suite. From

Inclusions

    • Discover Panama Canal, Darien Jungle, Utria National Park, Gorgona Island, Machala, Isla de la Plata
    • Visit the Emberá of the Darien Jungle
    • Wildlife Watch List: Toucans, Black-necked Stilt , Cattle and Great Egrets, Turkey and Black Vulture, Tropical Kingbird, Lemon-rumped, Blue-grey, White-shouldered, Beryl-spangled and Palm Tanager, Rufous-tailed and Violet-bellied Hummingbird, White-necked Jacobin, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Rufous Motmot, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Ornate, Boat-billed and Olive-striped Flycatcher, White-bearded Manakin, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, Brown, Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds

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