Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica – The Pacific Coasts of Central America
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MS Roald Amundsen
9 days

Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica – The Pacific Coasts of Central America

Price from £ 3799
£ 3494
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • No single supplement

    An expedition on one of our small-scale, nimble expedition ships makes for a sociable holiday with like-minded travellers. Solo travellers who prefer their own space while still travelling with others, have the opportunity to save on select voyages departing in 2020. For a limited time, pay no single supplement if you book one of the below expedition cruises.
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  • Flight included

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Departure
14 April 2021
  • See a range of communities and islands along the Pacific coast of Central America
  • Visit national parks with diverse, exotic habitats such as mangroves and rainforest
  • Spot wildlife such as monkeys, turtles, dolphins, sloths, toucans and hummingbirds
  • Enjoy onboard yoga and meditation classes with a professional instructor

Itinerary

Get to know a few of Ecuador’s coastal cities, each with its own charm. Start in the bustling river and coastal city of Guayaquil before heading on to Puerto Bolivar and Manta. Cebaco Island in Panama is a remote and rarely visited paradise while Golfito and Quepos give access to nearby Costa Rican national parks full of scenic habitats and varied animal life.
Day 1
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Metropolis on the Ecuadorian Coast
Explore colourful cities like Guayaquil.
Explore colourful cities like Guayaquil.
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Your journey starts with an overnight in this sprawling city, the largest in Ecuador. High-rise buildings line the Guayas river while colourful favelas blanket the hillsides. Visit Malecón 2000, the riverfront town square before posing with tame iganuas in the local park. Extend your adventure by adding a Pre-Programme to mystic Machu Picchu or the amazing Galápagos Islands.

Explore colourful cities like Guayaquil.
Explore colourful cities like Guayaquil.
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Discover rich handicrafts in the mercado.
Discover rich handicrafts in the mercado.
Photo: shutterstock
Historic and charming neighbourhood Las Peñas.
Historic and charming neighbourhood Las Peñas.
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See the impressive Cathedral Metropolitana.
See the impressive Cathedral Metropolitana.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 2
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Embarkation on MS Roald Amundsen
Historic and charming neighbourhood Las Peñas.
Historic and charming neighbourhood Las Peñas.
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After breakfast at your hotel, we take you on a guided city tour by bus to see its highlights and learn about its history. Possible sites of interest include the Clock Tower that dates back to 1842 or Henry Morgan’s pirate ship along the river. The tour ends at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits embarkation.

Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Day 3
Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador
Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest
Day 3
Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador
Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest
Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
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Known as the banana capital of the world, this area is surrounded by banana plantations - approximately 80% of Ecuador’s bananas are shipped through Puerto Bolivar. Join an optional excursion to an organic plantation and learn about their unique process of growing their banana plants – by playing classical music for them. Further ashore you can explore the Buenaventura Reserve where you have the chance to observe hummingbirds, hawks and parakeets, or walk amongst fossilized trees, flowers, and plants in the Petrified Forest of Puyango on one of our optional excursions.

Scan for avian life like this colourful hummingbird.
Scan for avian life like this colourful hummingbird.
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Discover the Puyango Petrified Forest.
Discover the Puyango Petrified Forest.
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Manta´s scenic fishing port.
Manta´s scenic fishing port.
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Visit the home of the Panama hat.
Visit the home of the Panama hat.
Photo: Jesper Nielsen
Learn about the craftmanship of hatmaking from local experts.
Learn about the craftmanship of hatmaking from local experts.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 4
Manta, Ecuador
Made in Montecristi
Visit the home of the Panama hat.
Visit the home of the Panama hat.
Photo: Jesper Nielsen

Manta is a bustling port town with high-rise buildings and lovely beaches. You can visit the city museum which showcases artefacts from local pre-Colombian culture, a collection of Ecuadorian art, and weird and wonderful fishing paraphernalia. We recommend an excursion to nearby Montecristi where traditional Panamanian straw hats are hand woven.

Day 5
At Sea
Serenity at Sea
Learn in our Science Center.
Learn in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

A day at sea means you can attend interesting lectures, learn basic expedition photography, and enjoy the fresh sea air out on deck as you scout for wildlife. You can also use microscopes in the Science Center to analyse samples taken during the voyage or participate in a yoga and meditation workshop. As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance.

Learn in our Science Center.
Learn in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy Yoga on deck.
Enjoy Yoga on deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy the untouched beaches of Cebaco.
Enjoy the untouched beaches of Cebaco.
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Rich undersea life in Panama.
Rich undersea life in Panama.
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Idyllic tropic beauty to explore.
Idyllic tropic beauty to explore.
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Day 6
Cebaco Island, Panama
Beaches Off the Beaten Track
Rich undersea life in Panama.
Rich undersea life in Panama.
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Even as Panama’s third-biggest island, Cebaco and its main town of El Jobo in the north is almost all but forgotten by passing ferries and cruise ships. The result is a small, quiet, and traditional community untainted by tourism development. Beautiful hidden beaches lie around each bend, promising exceptional snorkeling and fishing.

Golfito´s idyllic setting.
Day 7
Golfito, Costa Rica
From Bananas to Bargains
Day 7
Golfito, Costa Rica
From Bananas to Bargains
Golfito´s idyllic setting.
Golfito´s idyllic setting.
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Built from the export of bananas, Golfito now instead boasts a large duty-free zone that draws visitors on shopping sprees. There are also hiking trails through the rainforest to the wildlife refuge on the hill, part of the Piedras Blancas National Park which features waterfalls, monkeys, bats, toucans, macaws, frogs, caimans, sloths, and even jaguars.  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Golfito - Cultural and Historical Sightseeing Tour
    Travel on a sightseeing double decker bus that will take you to downtown Golfito to witness the city’s main historical landmarks for a close and panoramic cultural experience and a better understanding of this region’s evolution.
  • Piedras Blancas National Park Exploration
    Explore the rich rainforest of Piedras Blancas National Park, home to elusive wildlife like puma and jaguars. While we are unlikely to see these shy cats, keep a sharp eye out for toucan, monkeys and scarlet macaws on this lovely tour.
  • Golfito - Wildlife Refuge Nature Walk
    Drive to the verdant and wild-life rich refuge of Golfito for a tour to discover colourful toucans, scarlet macaws and woodpeckers, as well as a chance to take in the magnificent orchids of the area.
  • Marine Wildlife Observation and Snorkeling
    The Golfo Dulce hosts amazing wildlife and we hope to spot some of this rich diversity during a fun and relaxing tour with a naturalist guide. Discover a tropical fjord and enjoy an optional swim-snorkel afterwards.
  • UNESCO´s Stone Spheres World Heritage Site Exploration
    Discover the fascinating World Heritage site of Finca 6, and explore the mystery of the stones from the pre-Columbian cultures of the area who ruled Costa Rica nearly 2,000 years ago.
  • Costa Rica Jungle Kayak Adventure
    Explore with kayaks! Take a lovely paddle through an amazing mangrove estuary, spotting for ibis and egrets along the way, then pull up at a pristine beach to cool off with a refreshing swim, and watch for bottle-nosed porpoises.
Toucan in Piedras Blancas National Park.
Toucan in Piedras Blancas National Park.
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Discover the colours of the rainforest.
Discover the colours of the rainforest.
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Monkeys are among the hundreds of species that thrive in Manuel Antonio.
Monkeys are among the hundreds of species that thrive in Manuel Antonio.
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Idyllic beaches and coves to explore.
Idyllic beaches and coves to explore.
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Scan for fantastically colourful avian life.
Scan for fantastically colourful avian life.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 8
Quepos, Costa Rica
Diverse Landscapes, Diverse Wildlife
Idyllic beaches and coves to explore.
Idyllic beaches and coves to explore.
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Sat in a tropical inlet, the small harbour of Quepos acts as a gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The park boasts mangroves, lagoons, beaches, coral reefs and rainforest and is described as an ‘outdoor zoo’ by visitors. You can hope to spot some of the 184 species of birds and 109 species of mammals.

Optional excursions
  • Quepos - Titi Canopy Tour
    An exhilarating way to experience Costa Rica’s magnificent rain forest and sight for amazing wildlife. Enjoy zip-lining with expert guides and state-of-the-art equipment in the rainforest canopy.
  • Quepos - Rainmaker Nature Hike and Waterfall
    Enjoy a river walk to take in lovely waterfalls and scout for morpho butterflies, a vast variety of birds, and amazing plant life. And perhaps end your tour with a refreshing dip in a waterfall pool.
  • Damas Island Estuary and Mangrove Boat Tour
    Explore and learn about the tropical wonderland of the rare and fragile mangrove ecosystem, and delight in the amazing wildlife that surrounds our craft.
  • Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park
    Manuel Antonio National Park is the jewel of the Costa Rican national park system. On this tour, we enjoy a guided stroll through the jungle, watching for abundant wildlife and enjoying fantastic surroundings.
  • Quepos Highlights and Historical Reviews
    For a unique insight into the life and culture of the Quepoa Indians, join this tour to the Quepoa territory and learn about the traditions and culture of the region from years past as well as what life is like today.
Discover the untouched nature of Manuel Antonio.
Day 9
Puntarenas
End of the tropical expedition
Day 9
Puntarenas
End of the tropical expedition
Discover the untouched nature of Manuel Antonio.
Discover the untouched nature of Manuel Antonio.
Photo: shutterstock

Your journey comes to an end here. Before returning home, why not make the most of your trip and add a Post-Programme with three nights at the Parador Resort close to Manuel Antonio National Park. Or join a jungle boat tour with lunch followed by a night in the capital city of San José.

Costa Rica offers a wealth of natural beauty.
Costa Rica offers a wealth of natural beauty.
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Explore the cultural riches of San Jose.
Explore the cultural riches of San Jose.
Photo: Shutterstock
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Overnight in Guayaquil, including breakfast before the expedition cruise
  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship, including guided tour of Guayaquil by bus
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm 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 use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Yoga and meditation sessions with an instructor
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Ship yard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

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Golfito - Cultural and Historical Sightseeing Tour

South America

Duration

1h15min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-GLF1

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A monkey sitting on a branch A monkey sitting on a branch

Golfito - Piedras Blancas National Park Exploration

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From £ 61

Booking code

A-GLF1

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Golfito - Wildlife Refuge Nature Walk

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

3hrs

Price per person

From £ 61

Booking code

A-GLF3

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Golfito - Marine Wildlife Observation and Snorkeling

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From £ 103

Booking code

A-GLF4

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Golfito - UNESCO´s Stone Spheres World Heritage Site Exploration

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

7hrs

Price per person

From £ 103

Booking code

A-GLF5

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A sandy beach with a palm tree in front of a body of water A sandy beach with a palm tree in front of a body of water

Golfito - Costa Rica Jungle Kayak Adventure

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

3hrs

Price per person

From £ 103

Booking code

A-GLF6

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Quepos - Titi Canopy Tour

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

3hrs

Price per person

From £ 82

Booking code

A-XQP1

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Quepos - Rainmaker Nature Hike and Waterfall

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From £ 92

Booking code

A-XQP2

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Quepos - Damas Island Estuary and Mangrove Boat Tour

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From £ 82

Booking code

A-XQP3

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Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From £ 72

Booking code

A-XQP4

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Quepos Highlights and Historical Reviews

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

3hrs

Price per person

From £ 82

Booking code

A-XQP5

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Guayaquil - Pre-Programme Galápagos Islands (20/21 and 21/22)

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

£ 3216

Booking code

GYEGALPRE

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Guayaquil - Pre-Programme Machu Picchu (20/21 and 21/22)

South America

Duration

4 Days

From

£ 2968

Booking code

GYEMACPRE

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