Central and South American Wonders
12 days with Silversea Rating:
Day 1 — Colón, Panama
We will relocate to the entrance of the Panama Canal, waiting for the beginning of our transit the following morning.
Day 2 — Panama Canal, Panama
By the time we intend to use the Canal a new set of locks has been operating since June 2016. All aspects of the improvement (dredging, raising the operating level of Lake Gatun by 40 centimetres, as well as the Pacific Access Channel) were supposed to permit 1,100 additional transits per year.
NOTE: Although we have requested and booked a day-time transit, due to heavy traffic in the Canal, a daylight transit cannot be guaranteed. Confirmation of exact times will be established once we get close to our actual transit date.
Day 3 — Isla Coiba, Panama
Just offshore from this nature preserve, a rocky headland provides an ideal spot for snorkelling. Join the onboard Marine Biologist and learn to identify damsel fish, jacks, and surgeon fish, trumpet fish, parrot fish, trigger fish and white tip reef sharks. Take this opportunity to relax on the beach and enjoy true Silversea hospitality as your butlers serve fresh fruit skewers and a variety of cocktails.
Day 4 — Golfito, Costa Rica
If you prefer to watch for dolphins and other marine life, choose to go on a catamaran. The country’s best spot to watch large groups of dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays is in the waters off the Osa Peninsula. Marlins and sailfish can sometimes be seen chasing large schools of tuna, while six different species of turtles might glide by. If time permits there will be the opportunity to swim in the placid waters of Punta Encato.
For those wanting a little more activity, a nature walk in the National Wildlife Refuge of Golfito is on offer. Golfito is surrounded by a spectacular primary rainforest with more than 125 species of trees, 31 species of orchids, and 300 species of birds. Bird species that can be spotted during the hikes include toucans and tanagers, while all four Costa Rican monkey species also call Golfito National Wildlife Refuge home.
Day 5 — Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica
Alternatively, enjoy a cruise through the mangroves, considered to be an important ecosystem packed with hundreds of species of marine and land animals aboard a sturdy vessel designed for this type of cruising. Your guides and captain navigate around shifting sandbanks to reveal the animals, insects and plants that lie hidden from the untrained eye. We will pass through wide lagoons where many species of seabirds can be observed, and round narrow passages, hoping for a chance to encounter white-collared capuchin monkeys.
If cruising on a river is more to your liking, choose the Savegre River, considered one of Central America’s most beautiful rivers, for a two-hour class I & II amazing river floating activity. During the bus-ride to El Silencio, from where the river part starts, and the river floating you will have spectacular scenery and can see cormorants, egrets, herons, and White Ibises.
Day 6 — At Sea
Apart from lectures there will also be a food workshop. Since bananas and plantains are very important in Ecuador’s cuisine, our Chef might present the various uses for banana and plantain.
Day 7 — Isla de la Plata, Ecuador
Although just south of the equator, the influences of the colder Humboldt Current bring nutrient-rich water as far north as Isla de la Plata. As the Silver Cloud approaches the island, Blue-footed Boobies circle overhead. Together with our local natural history guides, we will go ashore and enjoy various walks, watching for herons, pelicans, gulls, and Magnificent Frigatebirds, Blue-footed, Red-footed, and Nazca Boobies. Potential songbirds on the island include Collared Warbling-Finch, Short-tailed Woodstar, and Gray-and-white Tyrannulet. A special treat would be the Waved Albatross, an endemic to Isla de la Plata and Española, Galapagos.
Day 8 — Machala, Ecuador
Several National Sanctuaries or Ecological Reserves can be found near Machala and you have three options: you can either visit the Buenaventura cloud forest reserve with its staggering amount of hummingbirds and a known lek of the rare Long-wattled Umbrellabird, or visit the Arenillas Reserve, a “dry forest”. If you like extremes, the Puyango Petrified Forest might be more to your liking: it is one of the largest petrified forests in the world –located within a lush tropical forest.
Since Machala is also known for several typical dishes, mostly seafood -from raw marinated shrimp to shrimp soup and fried shrimp; and from fried bananas to fish soup, all excursions will have some sample of local refreshments.
Day 9 — Paita, Peru
In the evening we will arrive in Paita for a technical stop to clear into Peru.
Day 10 — Cruise & Explore Isla Lobos de Tierra, Peru
Day 11 — Salaverry, Peru
We will next visit a private hacienda for sparkling wine and appetizers, witnessing a performance of Peruvian Paso horses -an unrivalled opportunity to immerse ourselves in genuine Peruvian culture spanning centuries.
During the afternoon our onboard Videographer will present the specially created voyage documentary.
Day 12 — Callao (Lima), Peru
All This Included
Experience the ecosystems of Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru as cultures past and present fuse together in a melting pot of Central and South American wonders. From identifying hundreds of birds from Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, traversing the eponymous Panama Canal to searching the waters for humpback whales and dolphins, this journey will leave you thirsty for more.
Cruising: Cabin onboard Silver Cloud
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