Treasures of Central America (Le Boreal)

Treasures of Central America (Le Boreal)

From AUD $8,160


PONANT invites you to discover a condensed overview of Central America’s architectural gems and most stunning natural treasures through an exceptional itinerary.

In Guayaquil, you will board the Le Boréal for a 14-day cruise to 6 countries!

Your first stop: Golfito. In the heart of a region that is home to Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches, you will have the chance to visit a botanical garden with a sublime collection of tropical flowers.

Le Boréal will then call at Acajutla, the gateway to the Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site, where you will be able to admire the vestiges of a pre-Hispanic farming community from the 7th century.

From Puerto Quetzal, you will be able to visit Antigua Guatemala. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city, overlooked by majestic volcanoes, is often considered to be the country’s most beautiful.

After a stop in San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua), from which you can access the colonial city of Granada, you will get close to nature in Carara National Park, a wild gem revealing the richness of Costa Rica’s fauna.

This cruise to Central America will also be the chance for a unique experience: crossing the mythical Panama Canal. Spanning the Isthmus of Panama, this marvel of engineering will take you from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.

Trip Name
Treasures of Central America (Le Boreal)
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship Length: 142 meters Passenger Capacity: 264 (in twin cabins, 200 in Antarctica) Built: 2011 A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, she is the fruit of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. Le Boreal remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor combined with exterior and interior lines to reflect a nautical mood, subtly revisited. On board, soothing neutral tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”. Cuisine Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark. Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberte Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner. Life On Board Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, Le Boreal has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.  Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Carita™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available forfamilies either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting ser vice.Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please. Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Carita™ brand, the Beauty Centre on Le Boreal welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy).


Day 1 - Day 1 GUAYAQUIL
Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil is the most inhabited city in Ecuador. Founded by the conquistadors in 1535, it borders the coasts of the province of Guayas. You can stroll without any cares in the world, in the upper part of the city, next to the Las Peñas district. This Bohemian district with its colourful houses offers an impressive view of the city, if you’re courageous enough to climb the steps which separate the chapel rooms from Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse. The city is also blessed with many parks and gardens, perfect for taking a breather.
Day 2 - Days 2 - 3 AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Day 3 - Day 4 GOLFITO
The town of Golfito lies on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the province of Puntarenas, one of the most humid regions in the world. It was occupied by the indigenous Bruncas tribe during the Pre-Columbian era. Once specialised in the export of bananas, Golfito has today become the starting point for walkers who want to reach the Corcovado National Park, one of the largest primary tropical rainforests in Central America. Meanwhile, the beaches of Golfo Dulce are some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica, with the Piedras Blancas National Park as their backdrop, along with the Vida Silvestre refuge, home to many tropical birds and monkeys as well as a variety of rare species of plants.
Day 4 - Day 5 AT SEA
Day 5 - Day 6 ACAJUTLA
Located on the Pacific coast, 100 kilometres south of the capital, the city of Puerto Quetzal is the largest port in the country. Close to the city, the ravishing little old city of Antigua, is a former colonial capital listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. You’ll admire the wealth of its historical monuments.
Day 7 - Day 8 AT SEA
Day 8 - Day 9 SAN JUAN DEL SUR
Considered Nicaragua's surfing capital, the attractive seaside resort of San Juan del Sur is an idyllic location for chilling in the waves. You're guaranteed to fall in love with this former fishing town on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, now a popular seaside holiday spot. Less than a two-hour drive away is the city of Granada, founded in 1524 at the foot of the Mombacho volcano. Clinging to the shores of Lake Nicaragua, the town is a stunning example of colonial architecture, with its narrow streets and Al-Andalus houses painted in bright colours. Don't miss out on a tour of its La Merced church, wander around the main square and explore the San Francisco convent.
Day 9 - Day 10 HERRADURA
Herradura takes its name in Spanish from the horseshoe form of its bay, covered in lush tropical vegetation, its beauty enhanced by the hills that loom over it. This small town is surrounded by national parks that are remarkable for the rich variety of fauna and flora they protect. When your ship calls here, it will be the moment to take a journey in small covered boats along the Tarcoles River, whose banks are home to crocodiles and iguanas. This mangrove also hosts the loyal and flamboyant Scarlet Macaw, with its red, blue and yellow plumage, known for mating with the same partner for life.
Day 10 - Day 11 AT SEA
Aboard your ship, experience something unique, that has inspired the imagination of numerous adventurers in the 20th century: sailing the Panama Canal. Its construction started in 1880 under the direction of Ferdinand De Lesseps. Abandoned then resumed, this marvel of engineering was completed by the United States in 1887 and opened in 1914. The canal crosses the Isthmus of Panama and links the Atlantic to the Pacific. Including three levels of locks and by raising ships to the level of Lake Gatun, almost as if the water was a lift, it allows them to avoid having to round Cape Horn.
Day 13 - Day 14 COLÓN
Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.
Day 14 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $8,160Superior Stateroom
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $8,880DeLuxe Stateroom
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $9,480Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $9,800Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $10,110Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $14,000Deluxe Suite
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $15,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $15,660Prestige Suite - Deck 6
27-03-202109-04-2021AUD $16,500Owner’s Suite


    • Discovering 6 countries in Central and South America: Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador (for the first time with PONANT), Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama.
    • Possibility of visiting some major Pre-Columbian sites listed with UNESCO, such as the Tikal pyramids from Puerto Quetzal and the Joya de Cerén archaeological site from Acajutla.
    • From Puerto Quetzal, possibility of visiting La Antigua de Guatemala, listed with Unesco.
    • Exceptional architectural heritage, testimony to the colonial era, alternating Baroque and Andalusian-Moorish styles.
    • In Costa Rica, rich and varied tropical plants and wildlife.
    • Sailing through the Panama Canal, truly a masterpiece of civil engineering.
    • Specialist lecturers aboard, to share their passion for their subject and their knowledge with you.