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Central America – From Ecuador to Baja California

Resort:Central America - From Ecuador to Baja California
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Caribbean and Central America
Price From: £4141.00

Overview

Join us on an adventurous cruise to Central America. We sail from Ecuador and call on remote towns and islands, discover lush rainforests, scout for wildlife and enjoy architectural treasures along the Pacific coast of Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua before we arrive in colourful Mexico.

Itinerary

Day 1 Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil was founded in 1538 and quickly became the largest shipyard in South America, often being attacked by pirates. We recommend a stroll through the historic centre, a visit of the Mercado Artesanal or a walk along the riverfront at Malecon 2000. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 Guayaquil – Embarkation

After breakfast we take you on a city tour to learn more about the city and its interesting history.  The tour ends at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation.

Day 3 At sea

Enjoy your first day at sea! We will celebrate crossing the Equator with a special ceremony. Our Expedition Team will start the lecture programme, introduce the voyage and let you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.

Day 4 Gorgona Island, Colombia

Situated about 35 km off the Colombian Pacific coast, we will spend a day in Gorgona Island National Park, home to 620 square kilometres of rich wildlife and tropical forest.

Day 5 Bahía Solano, Colombia

The colourful village of Bahía Solano is set in magnificent isolation. Beaches are nearby and the jungle with lush tropical flora and fauna awaits you.

Day 6 Darien National Park, Panama

Our first stop in Panama is Punta Alegre, a little town which gives us access to the Darien National Park, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The tropical rain forest hosts an abundance of wildlife and remarkable plants as well as being home to three indigenous tribes, the Embara, Kuna and Wounaan.

Day 7 Cebaco Island, Panama

Cebaco Island, in the Gulf of Montijo, is Panama’s third-biggest island. The main settlement is El Jobo, and the island boasts beautiful beaches with breathtaking coastline offering a variety of activities.

Day 8 Golfito, Costa Rica

Enjoy a day of adventure and exploration. Golfito is home to some wonderful views. Come ashore and relax on golden beaches for surfing and swimming. The nearby national park of Piedras Blancas offers fine walking tours through rainforest and the chance to see waterfalls, monkeys, bats and exotic birds.    

Day 9 Quepos, Costa Rica

Quepos is the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for three-toed sloths, howler, squirrel and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys, as well as hundreds of bird species. The park boasts mangroves, lagoons, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and rainforest with hiking trails that are great for exploring.

Day 10 San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Welcome to Nicaragua and the coastal town of San Juan del Sur, known for its long sandy half-moon-shaped beach, green hills, seafood restaurants and laidback surfer lifestyle. Enjoy a relaxed day on the beach and exploring the town or join one of our excursions.

Day 11-12 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 sea air as you scout for wildlife. Bask in the serenity of a day at sea.

Day 13 Acapulco, Mexico

Get to know the famed resort of Acapulco. The stunning landscape with wide bays, sandy beaches and green hills will fascinate you. Visit the botanical garden, the impressive 17th-century fort and of course one of the many beaches.

Day 14-15 At sea

We recap the voyage and enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way north to Baja California. Enjoy the ships many facilities and spend time on deck to scout for wildlife.

Day 16 La Paz, Baja California, Mexico – Disembarkation

In the morning, we arrive in Pichilingue, the port of La Paz on the Baja California Peninsula. After disembarking, we recommend visiting La Paz’s waterfront malecón and the historic centre around the Plaza Constitución. Viva Mexico!