Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert
Duration: 17 days
Ship: MS Fram
15 October 2019
Price from : £ 3790 per personCheck prices and availability
- Enjoy beautiful Costa Rica
- Explore some of the most important archaeological sites in South America
- Experience a transit of the Panama Canal
- Visit a mix of exciting and colourful cities
- Day 1 San José, Costa Rica
- Day 2 Puerto Limón
- Day 3 Bocas del Toro
- Day 4 Panama Canal
- Day 5 Playa Muerto
- Day 6 At sea
- Day 7 Isla de la Plata
- Day 8 At sea
- Day 9 Salaverry, Peru
- Day 10 At sea
- Day 11 Lima, Peru
- Day 12 Puerto General San Martin, Peru
- Day 13-14 At sea
- Day 15 Antofagasta, Chile
- Day 16 At sea
- Day 17 Valparaíso, Chile
Modern, bustling San José boasts a vibrant art scene and beautiful European-inspired architecture. Visit the fine museums of gold and jade on your overnight stay here.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the ship in Puerto Limon. On your way, enjoy the Tortuguero Canals on an adventure tour. We embark on our sea journey in Puerto Limon, which was established in 1502 when Christopher Columbus landed here during his exploration of the New World.
Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of 9 islands, 52 cays and thousands of islets, is a colourful place, full of Caribbean-style clapboard houses. The area is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Panama's first National Marine Park. Considered the 'Galapagos of the Caribbean', Bocas del Toro is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
We enter the amazing Panama Canal. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the lock's system firsthand, as MS Fram is lifted over 26 metres above sea level, from one body of water to the next.
The village of Playa Muerto is set in the secluded Darién National Park and in one of the most remote corners of Central America. The tranquil village is surrounded by lush, green tropical forest and beautiful beaches. Its population of about 200 indigenous people belong to the Emberá Tribe. Due to its remote and difficult to reach location, the community has only a handful of visitors each year which they receive with joy and genuine curiosity.
The community is proud of their cultural heritage and the beauty of their pristine shorelines and the impressive vegetation that surrounds them. As their guests, you will enjoy cultural performances with music and dance, learn about their traditional crafts and have the opportunity to try some of their typical foods based on seafood and coconut water. You can also enjoy the magnificent flora and fauna whilst taking walks along the beach or a swim in the waterfall near the village.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Our experienced lecturers will share their knowledge in fascinating talks, and we invite you to spend time on deck to fully enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea.
Machalilla National Park is Ecuador’s only coastal national park, often known as Ecuador’s "Other Galapagos" because of its abundance of marine birdlife. Isla de la Plata is home to blue-footed boobies, nesting waved albatrosses and frigate birds among many others. The island is great for hikers, has plenty of birdwatching trails and offers great swimming and snorkelling.
Our Expedition team will continue the lecture programme to share their knowledge and experience, as well as summarize the voyage so far and let you know about plans for the exciting days to come. Our onboard Expedition photographer will be available to help you with the basics of expedition photography.
The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for the excursion to the ancient Chimu kingdom (700-1400 AD), who founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River. Chan Chan ("sun-sun") covers an area of 20 square km and was built using clay, mud, pebbles, straw and cane. It is considered the largest mud-brick citadel of the Americas in pre-Hispanic times, a remarkable piece of architecture that was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in 1986.
As we sail toward Lima, enjoy our lecture programme, enjoy the fresh salt air, and all the amenities the ship has to offer.
The historic Peruvian capital was established by Spanish conquistadores in 1542, with significant churches, monasteries, and mansions constructed in that era. Today, Lima´s historic centre is recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Join one of our excursions to enjoy the city´s art museums, archaeological sites, beaches, and boardwalk, and savour the exquisite cuisine that gives Peru’s capital its unique personality.
Puerto General San Martin is the gateway to the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines and geoglyphs. These lines were etched into the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D., and are considered among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size and continuity. The geoglyphs are several kilometres long and illustrate living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures. Join the excursion to truly experience these marvellous creations of the ancient world.
Days at sea means you can join the expedition team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck to enjoy the fresh salt air as you scout for wildlife. Of course, there’s also plenty time to chat with fellow explorers, or just find yourself a quiet corner to enjoy the deep peace of a day at sea.
One of the oldest and prettiest cities in Northern Chile, known as "The Pearl of the North", Antofagasta is a city of contrasts, from the driest desert to the bluest sea.
Join one of our optional excursions to see La Portada Natural Monument, a fascinating rocky formation that resembles a white arch set in an area where strong waves crash into the cliffs, or to visit one of the small fishing towns nearby.
You may also explore the warm beaches or the town´s historic monuments at your own pace.
We make our way south to Valparaiso, and the Expedition team will continue their lecture programme.
Our expedition ends in the wonderful, colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. After disembarking MS Fram, take some time to stroll the UNESCO- listed Historic Quarter, or ride a funicular to one of the hills for a city-wide panoramic view.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- 1 overnight in San Jose including breakfast
- Transfer hotel to ship including an excursion
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
Not included in your voyage
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional Excursions and Gratuities
- On this trip, a vaccine against yellow fever is recommended. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before departure. Please bring the vaccination certificate on your voyage.
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Ship yard||Fincantieri, Italy|
|Passenger capacity||318 (200 in Antarctica)|
The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.
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Bocas del Toro - Cayo Zapatilla & Cayo Coral
Bocas del Toro - Cayo Zapatilla
Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao Farm
Salaverry - Chan Chan UNESCO Site and Trujillo City
Salaverry - Discovering the Moon Temple
Salaverry - Moon Temple and Trujillo City
Callao - A Traditional City
Callao - Biking in Lima
Callao - Discovering the Palomino Islands
Callao - Grand Tour of Lima
Callao - Pachacamac, Archaeological Museum & Paso Horses
Callao - Peruvian Culinary Experience
Paracas - Ballestas Islands
Paracas - Nazca Lines
Paracas - Tambo Colorado
Antofagasta - Baquedano & Chacabuco
Antofagasta - Best of Antofagasta
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