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17-night Panama Canal, Indigenous Communities, and Cultures

Cruise Line:
Hurtigruten
Ship:
MS Fram
Destination:
Colon/Valparaiso
Departure Date:
9/29/2022
Length:
17
Offer ID:
1411360
from
$6830

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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Colon (Panama)
9/29/2022
9/29/2022

There’s more to Panama than the canal. Panama’s ethnic mix is reflected in its arts. This is a proud nation that honors its many Indian tribes and its rich Spanish legacy. And with some of the finest deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and birding, once you embrace Panama, you’ll find it hard to leave.

Panama Canal
9/30/2022
9/30/2022

Linking the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Panama Canal provides one of cruising's most unforgettable experiences. Over 10 years were needed to complete the canal's 51 miles in 1914 - so avoiding the lengthy and often dangerous voyage around Cape Horn. 'The Big Ditch' lifts vessels by a fascinating feat of mechanics aided by on-shore 'mule' locomotives through three great locks, traversing man-made lakes, channels blasted through rock, and the dense jungle. Two other special highlights of the canal are Gatun Lake and the Gaillard cut. Gatun Lake is one of the world's largest man-made lakes covering 163 square miles. Gaillard Cut is an 8 mile channel built through solid rock which was the most difficult excavation in the canal construction.

Sambu River
10/1/2022
10/1/2022

No information currently available.

Bahia Solano
10/2/2022
10/2/2022

Bahía Solano is located on the Chocó coast, Columbia. An area rich in biodiversity, Bahia Solano is home to the leatherback turtles and humpback whales. It is an ideal location for diving and whale watching, and famous for deep-sea sportfishing.

At Sea
10/3/2022
10/3/2022

No information currently available.

Manta
10/4/2022
10/4/2022

Manta is one of Ecuador's major port blending colourful fishing villages, unspoilt beaches and unusual tropical dry forest to make this an important tourist destination and starting point for many exciting excursions. Make time to shop for local craft or visit the Archaeological Museum which features pre-Columbian artefacts left by the Manta culture.
From Manta you can visit the capital, Quito and, if you have the time, the Galapagos islands.

Isla de la Plata
10/5/2022
10/5/2022

Isla de la Plata lies off the coast of Ecuador, and boasts an abundant amount of wildlife. There are some nice hiking trails to the top of the Island. From there, the view is incredible and you can watch the frigate birds, boobies, and albatross. During your visit you will surely encounter dolphins or whales offshore, and it is common for guides to introduce you to some of the quiet and clear bays to snorkel or swim.




 

Puerto Bolivar
10/6/2022
10/6/2022

No information currently available.

At Sea
10/7/2022
10/7/2022

No information currently available.

Salaverry
10/8/2022
10/8/2022

This is the port for Trujillo, the "Lordly City," whose elegant mansions and churches reflect the aristocracy of the Spanish colonial era. Here you may opt for a thrilling excursion to Chan-Chan, an immense and magnificent enclave that since A.D. 1300 has been the center of the sophisticated Chim culture.

Lima (Callao)
Suggested Private Excursion
10/9/2022
10/9/2022

Callao is the port of Lima, located six miles from the city center. Among Callao’s attractions is the Real Felipe, a colonial-style fortress built in the 18th century to defend Lima from English and Dutch buccaneers.
Today, a visit to Lima may serve as a unique Peruvian experience that offers a glimpse into the Andean world, Spanish tradition and the country’s modern aspects.

Suggested Private Excursions

Interactive Culinary Experience (5 hours)

Lima - City of the Kings (4 hours)

The Gold Museum of Lima (4 hours)

Barranco : Art and Culture (7.5 hours)

Pachacamac and the Paso Horses (8 hours)

CALLAO: Barranco Artists - 4 hours

Lima - Magic Fountains (4 hours)

Lima
10/9/2022
10/9/2022

Lima, "the City of the Kings," became the effective capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru, established 1560. Today, a visit to Lima may serve as a unique Peruvian experience that offers a glimpse into the Andean world, Spanish tradition and the country's modern aspect. Visit handsome old buildings and baroque churches that testify to the city's religious background and the Plaza de Armas, shared by the realms of the Catholic church, municipality and national government. The pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac lie a short distance south of the city. Once a ceremonial site, Pachacamac has been the most important religious center of the Andean world since before the age of Christ. Stop and admire The Temple of the Sun and the Moon, Lima's outstanding museums, and Machu Picchu - a "Jewel in the Mist."

Paracas Bay
10/10/2022
10/10/2022

The Paracas Bay is best known for the area known as "The Galapagos of Peru" or the Ballestas Islands Wildlife Reserve. The sea bird colonies and marine mammals that inhabit these barren and desolate islands are some of the most spectacular in the world, including the Guanay, Red-legged and Neotropic Cormorants, the Peruvian and Blue-footed Boobies, the Peruvian Pelican, several species of tern and gulls, including the Inca Tern, and several species of petrel. There are also breeding grounds of South American fur seals and sea lion as well as a small colony of Humboldt penguins. Other interesting wildlife less frequently seen on trips to the Ballestas includes sea turtles and albatross. On the way to Ballestas, you will be able to see the candelabra in the coastal sand dunes - one of the many giant petroglyphs that dot the landscape.

At Sea
10/11/2022
10/11/2022

No information currently available.

Arica
10/12/2022
10/12/2022

This seaside oasis among golden sand dunes is Chile's northernmost gateway; it is also a rapidly developing resort. Located just 30 miles from the border of Peru and linked to Bolivia by land and air, Arica enjoys an interesting cultural exchange. The city lies at the foot of the Morro headland, with the Andes as a distant backdrop. A mild climate, with year-round temperatures of 70-75 degrees, gardens and parks brimming with luxuriant flora have earned Arica the name "City of Eternal Spring." Arica's most prominent site is the Morro, rising steeply above the city. It was the scene of a great victory by Chile over Peru in the War of the Pacific on June 7, 1880. At the foot of the Morro is the Plaza Colon with the cathedral of San Marcos, built in iron by Gustave Eiffel. He also designed the nearby Customs House.

Iquique
10/13/2022
10/13/2022

Iquique is dominated mainly by the Atacama Desert and the Pacific Ocean. Its beautiful beaches, warm weather, varied landscape and exciting social activities make Iquique a desired destination. Probably the most visited attraction in Iquique are the giant geoglyphs in the area. In the main plaza in town, visitors can wonder through beautiful gardens, the clock tower and stop in a naval heroes of the War of the Pacific museum. For those interested in shopping, there is Zofri Shopping Mall, the Iquique Free Trade Zone's retail sales shopping center, where shoppers will find an extraordinary variety of imported products sold free from taxes.

At Sea
10/14/2022
10/14/2022

No information currently available.

Coquimbo
10/15/2022
10/15/2022

Coquimbo is near the northern port city of La Serena and one of Chile’s regional capitals. It lies between the Atacama Desert and the central valley, rich in agriculture and is an important distribution center for fruit from the Elqui Valley. Some of the elaborate woodwork handcrafted on the buildings here by early British and American settlers still remains and these wooden buildings are among Chile’s most interesting historical structures. From here you can visit the resort town of La Serena (cathedral and churches), the mountain-topTololo Observatory and the Elqui Valley.

Santiago (Valparaiso)
Suggested Private Excursion
10/16/2022
10/16/2022

Santiago, with over four million people, is the fifth-largest city in South America. Standing in a wide plain 1,800 feet above sea level, Santiago boasts a beautiful setting. Snow-capped peaks of the Andes chain provide a dramatic backdrop. Tastefully laid-out public gardens contribute to the beauty of the city. However, Santiago also suffers from horrendous traffic and a high percentage of pollution. The heart of Santiago is the Plaza de Armas, flanked by the cathedral, the archbishop’s palace, the National History Museum and fine arcaded buildings lined with shops. The two-mile-long Avenida O’Higgins is the major thoroughfare, commonly known as the Alameda. There is a splendid view over the city from San Cristobal Hill, crowned by the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Suggested Private Excursions

Valparaiso: Encounter with the Art - 4 hours

Valparaiso - Wines of the Casablanca Valley

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Departure Date:
9/29/2022
Number of Nights
17
Cruise Inclusions:

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use the ship’s Science Center, which features an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings
Remarks:

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy, valid for North American residents only and are subject to availability and change without notice and voyage only. The ship departure date determines the price of your voyage. Not all cabin grades ar

All prices per person and in USD unless otherwise stated.

Offer ID:
1411360

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Company Info

Plaza Travel
21021 Ventura Blvd. Suite 300
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818-990-4053
800-347-4447