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Incas and the Panama Canal

17 days
16 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 9,080.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Mar 10, 2018 - Mar 26, 2018 

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Itinerary:

Day 1: Valparaíso, Chile
This expedition starts in the wonderful, colorful, and culturally-diverse city of Valparaíso. Before embarking on MS Fram, we recommend a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site– listed historic quarter of Valparaíso.

Day 2: La Serena, Chile
La Serena is a seaside town and the capital of the Coquimbo Region in the Elqui Province. It is one of the oldest cities in the area and it has a marked Neo- Colonial architectural style and its own undeniable charm. It abounds with multi-colored gardens and many beautiful churches with bells that trace the passage of time. In the Archaeological Museum, learn about the ancient Diaguita culture that originated in this province before being conquered by the Incas. You should also visit La Recova, a popular market where you can buy handicrafts and typical products from the region, such as pisco brandy and papaw fruit.

Day 3: At Sea
A day at sea means you can join the Expedition Team for lectures or spend the day on deck.

Day 4: At Sea
Enjoy another relaxing but exciting day at sea.

Day 5: Arica, Chile
Arica is blessed with a warm and sunny climate all year round. While we are here you can either spend a day at the beach or join the Expedition Team to the nearby Lauca National Park. This amazing national park is home to some breathtaking scenery: Snow-sprinkled volcanoes, sparkling lakes, and isolated hot springs. It also shelters pretty highland villages and a huge variety of wildlife. Numerous archaeological sites and branches of the Inca road system, also known as the Chilean Inca Trail, can be found in this region.

Day 6: At Sea
Join the Expedition Team for more fascinating lectures or relax on deck.

Day 7: Puerto General San Martin, Peru
Puerto General San Martin is the gateway to the famous and mysterious ancient geoglyphs known as the Nazca Lines. These lines were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. They are among archaeology’s greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size, and continuity. The geoglyphs are several miles long and illustrate living creatures, stylized plants, and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures. Join the excursion to see just how impressive and mysterious these lines and geoglyphs actually are.

Day 8: Callao, Peru
Callao is situated just outside Lima, and is the vital route for trade both into and out of Peru. It is home to charming mansions with pretty balconies, as well as museums, churches and the fortress of King Felipe.

Day 9: Salaverry, Peru
The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for the excursion to the ancient Chimú kingdom (c. 900-1400 A.D.). They founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River and called it Chan Chan (‘Sun-Sun’). Chan Chan covers an area of eight square miles. It was built using clay, mud, pebbles, straw, and cane, which makes it the largest mudbrick citadel of the Americas in pre-Columbian times. It is a remarkable place that was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986.

Day 10: At Sea
Enjoy another relaxing but exciting day at sea.

Day 11: Manta, Ecuador
Manta is a bustling and prosperous port town, graced with modern, high-rise buildings and a selection of beaches. We recommend a visit to Montecristi, where the real Panama hats are made. These traditional, brimmed straw hats are handwoven, and it takes up to several months to make the finest ones. A 'superfino' Panama hat can apparently hold water, and when rolled for storage, can pass through a wedding ring.

Day 12: At Sea
Spend another relaxing and interesting day at sea.

Day 13: Fuerte Amador
Fuerte Amador is located right at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. The port is only 20 miles away from Panama City, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Central America and home to incredible architectural and ethnic diversity. Join tours in the city, enjoy a day at the beach, or come with us to explore the lush rainforest.

Day 14: Panama Canal
We enter the Panama Canal close to Balboa. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the lock’s system firsthand, as MS Fram is lifted over 85 feet above sea level from one body of water to the next.

Day 15: Leaving Panama Canal at Cristobal
The Panama Canal is one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. It had an enormous impact on shipping between the two oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn.

Day 16: Puerto Limón/San José
Puerto Limón in Costa Rica is a compelling destination for adventurous explorers. After disembarking we transfer you to your hotel in San José, the capital of Costa Rica.

Day 17: San José
After breakfast in your hotel your South American expedition comes to an end.