Pacific to Caribbean Discovery - featuring the Panama Canal

11 DAYS from US$4,800 per person

Ecuador, Colombia & Panama Canal

NewExplore Ecuador’s Isla de la Plata, affectionately referred to as ‘poor man’s Galapagos’ before venturing north to the jungle-covered remote Pacific coast of Colombia’s Chocó region and Panama, both of which are beckoning to be explored by the adventurous traveller. Hike through virgin rainforest, look out for acrobatic dolphin pods, swim and snorkel in splendid isolation where the jungle meets the ocean, Zodiac cruise upriver to meet Emberá Mogue indigenous community living in the Darién jungle, before crossing the iconic Panama Canal. In Cartagena de Indias, soak up the Afro-Caribbean vibes in this vibrant and colourful UNESCO-protected fort city.

FREE Photography workshops

Expedition Highlights

  • Experience an unforgettable daylight crossing of the extraordinary Panama Canal
  • Enjoy a warm welcome by the indigenous Emberá Mogue community in Panama’s Darién Jungle
  • Meet blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca boobies at ‘Poor Man’s Galápagos’ – Isla de la Plata
  • Discover the staggering beauty of Colombia’s Chocó region
  • Soak up the colonial splendour of UNESCO-listed Cartagena’s old town

Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2020

28 Apr '20 8 May '20 11 DAYS

Pacific to Caribbean Discovery - featuring the Panama Canal

Trip code: PCD001G

28 Apr '20 8 May '20 - 11 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night’s pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Guayaquil on Day 1
  • Tailor-made tour in Guayaquil on Day 2
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship on Day 2
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from talented expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary waterproof dry bag backpack
  • Loan of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage (one per booking)
  • Port surcharges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees, vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (not mentioned under inclusions), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, WiFi, email or phone charges.
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Suite
Aurora Stateroom Triple
Private Bathroom
US$4,800 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$5,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$7,200 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$10,100 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$11,900 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,700 (Please contact us for availability)

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Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy rates may apply for solo travellers who want their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services. Please contact us to determine cabin availability.

Map & Itinerary

Departures on certain dates will have reversed itineraries
Day 1 – Guayaquil, Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil and make your own way to the group hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 – Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil is a city that was founded on July 25, 1538 by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana. Officially named Santiago de Guayaquil, it is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, as well as the nation's main port. Guayaquil is located on the western bank of the Guayas River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean, and because of its location, the city is the centre of Ecuador's fishing and manufacturing industries. A city tour taking in the city’s main attractions reveals Guayaquil’s intriguing history as well as its modern achievements. In the late afternoon, board the Greg Mortimer to commence your voyage to Cartagena de Indias.
Day 3 – Isla de la Plata, Ecuador
Isla de la Plata is a small island in the north coast of Ecuador and is part of Machalilla National Park. The island’s name comes from the belief that it contains a treasure that was hidden here by a pirate. Isla de la Plata is also known to feature many of the unique bird species that inhabit the Galapagos Islands. These include the blue-footed booby, red-footed booby, Nazca booby, frigatebirds, waved albatross, and Peruvian pelicans. Other excursion to choose from include Los Frailes - an enclosed beach park to relax and explore the nature trail and beaches. Salango and Agua Blanca - a private community hosting remains of one of the most ancient civilizations in South America, the Monteño, along with trails and a lagoon suitable for swimming.
Day 4 – At Sea
Our series of interesting onboard presentations begin, delivered by our hand-picked group of experts. Learn about the people, culture, wildlife, and history of the places you’ll visit on this journey of discovery. You’ll also pick up a few photography tips along the way. Sea days are a great opportunity to get to know our friendly and approachable expedition team and your fellow expeditioners. Relax in one of the many observation areas on board the Greg Mortimer, enjoy a good book, relieve those weary muscles with a massage or simply unwind in the sauna or outdoor jacuzzi.
Day 5 – Ensenada de Utría NP, Colombia
Welcome to Colombia’s remote Chocó region, one that is relatively cut-off from the rest of the country, where the first expedition cruise ship to visit Chocó region was as recent as 2014. Chocó receives more rain than in any other part of the world and the richness of the jungles, mangroves and the abundance of the Pacific Ocean’s marine wildlife converge in a fascinating way in the Utría National Natural Park. Snorkel and swim at Playa Blanca, a desolate beach located on an island with a stunning natural sandy beach with volcanic rocks, caves and natural vegetation, trek through virgin jungle on a rainforest walk. In the afternoon, experience the diversity of ecosystems found in the area on a guided boardwalk tour through mangroves and rainforests, before being treated to a performance by local singers from the nearby village.
Day 6 – Bahía Solano, Colombia
Bahía Solano is located in splendid isolation with the Pacific Ocean on one side and thick impenetrable jungle on the other. Situated within a beautiful bay, Bahía Solano has the feeling of a frontier town. On a walking tour of the town, you’ll visit the local secondary school, kindergarten, and local fish market, where we may buy some fresh fish for the chef to prepare. A second excursion will include a Zodiac ride across the bay for a hike through natural rainforest reserve called the ‘Jardin Botanico.’ Landing on the beach you’ll be welcomed with a fresh coconut milk before commencing the walk through the mangroves to the tropical rain forest.
Day 7 – Emberá Mogue Village, Panama
The Darién jungle is a place of immense natural beauty and incredible bounty, where life in the jungle has remained relatively unchanged for the indigenous inhabitants. It is Panama’s – and by some measure, the world’s – last frontier. The province itself spans some 16,671 square kilometres (6,437 square miles) and contains Panama’s largest national park and most extensive lowland tropical forest. With only 40,000 inhabitants, the Darién is also the most sparsely populated part of Panama. You will visit Mogue, an Emberá village, a remote destination where you will be rewarded with a unique look at a fairly traditional Emberá village. Take a Zodiac ride up Mogue River to the village to meet villagers who are proud to show travellers their culture, customs and traditional way of life. On guided hikes, you might be able to spot a harpy eagle or crested eagle—the nests of both birds have been spotted here in the past.
Day 8 – Panama City
Three million years ago, the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea and changed the world forever. It divided an ocean and joined two continents together, triggering one of the most important natural evolution events in the history of the world. Today, this narrow land bridge in Central America is home to more species of birds and trees than the whole of North America. Panama is of course world-famous for its 77-kilometre (48-mile) canal that connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. Panama City was founded in 1519 and became an important hub on the way from Peru to Spain. The Peruvian Inca gold and silver was shipped on the Pacific to Panama City, crossed the Isthmus overland before being shipped again to Spain. Excursions today include exploration of the UNESCO protected old town at Casco Viejo, Gatun Lake, Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal, visit the Museum and Visitor Centre with exhibits explaining the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering.
Day 9 – Panama Canal Crossing
Crossing the Panama Canal will surely be a highlight for many travellers. Each year, over a million people visit the canal to witness this engineering marvel at work. Starting in the Pacific Ocean, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline before passing under the ‘Bridge of the Americas’. The vessel will pass through three sets of lakes and locks - Miraflores, Pedro Miguel, and Gatun, before reaching the Atlantic Ocean in approximately 10 hours, a journey that once almost took two weeks, where vessels were forced to sail around the notoriously rough seas around Cape Horn at the bottom of South America to reach the Pacific coast.
Day 10 – At Sea
Enjoy a few final presentations from our team of experts including how to edit photos, finish that book you’ve been reading, or simply relax on your private balcony or in one of the many shared spaces on board the ship.
Day 11 – Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Arrive in Cartagena de Indias on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers and expedition team. Founded in 1533, Cartagena was formerly the Caribbean gateway port used by the Spanish. This passionate and vibrant city with some of the best preserved colonial architecture in all of South America exudes character. Add in African rhythms and indigenous influences with the Spanish colonial splendour and Cartagena is truly an amazing destination in which to extend your holiday.

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Trip: Pacific to Caribbean Discovery (PCD001G)

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night’s pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Guayaquil on Day 1
  • Tailor-made tour in Guayaquil on Day 2
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship on Day 2
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from talented expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary waterproof dry bag backpack
  • Loan of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage (one per booking)
  • Port surcharges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees, vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (not mentioned under inclusions), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, WiFi, email or phone charges.
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