From the historic and architectural gem of Cartagena, Colombia to the famed Panama Canal, wonders await on this tour from an operator that specializes in small-ship cultural adventures.
And this tour offers it all: cultural exploration, great food, tropical rainforest, friendly people, spectacular wildlife, kayaking and snorkelling among tropical Caribbean islands, and more. Here’s details, from UnCruise Adventures:
DAY 1 Cartagena, Colombia. Welcome to Cartagena! Pick up from airport, then it’s all smiles and champagne as you board the Safari Voyager, meet your crew, and settle in for the week ahead.
DAY 2 Cartagena/Archipelago of San Bernardo. A historical tour of the colonial walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena shows its highlights. Wander narrow streets with colorful houses. Visit the Palace of Inquisition, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or the oldest church in the city. Afterwards, set sail for archipelago of San Bernardo. With its clear water and vibrant corals, kayaking, skiff tours, snorkelling and paddleboarding are options.
DAY 3 Capurgana/Sapzurro. Cruise the Caribbean coast of the Darien Gap to the tiny coastal towns of Capurgana and Sapzurro. Hike between the towns through the Darien Jungle, home to toucans, parrots, howler and squirrel monkeys. Or head to the white-sand beach for snorkelling and beachcombing.
DAY 4 Guna Yala, Panama. You’re in the Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands)—360-islands dotted with palm trees, thatched roofs, coconut groves, white-sand beaches—perfect for snorkelling to see reef fish, corals, rays and sea turtles. On land meet the Guna people, learn about their culture, buy a locally-handcrafted “mola.” In the Guna culture, an ornate mola with a detailed design is an item displayed with pride.
DAY 5 Captain’s Choice/Panama Canal. Islands, forts, and sea life—bring your adventurous spirit! You’re headed to the Panama Canal and your captain has the say along route! Transiting the 48-mile, 8-hour passage is a bucket-list experience for many. Joined by a Canal Authority Pilot, watch line handlers manage the ship through changing sea levels in the locks. Paired with videos and onboard narration, you cross the locks with a better understanding of this engineering marvel. Celebrate with a top-deck barbeque.
DAY 6 Isla Taboga. Wake up to the “Island of Flowers.” Tour a historic village, and the thought-to-be second-oldest church in the hemisphere. Or, hike up the ridge to seek out views and World War II fortifications. Soak up this storied island before it’s time to settle in on deck in search of marine mammals and birdlife.
DAY 7 Darien Jungle. The Darien Jungle calls—and you’re headed straight into it by way of motorized canoe along the Mogue River. White ibis, pelicans, cormorants, blue herons and mangrove hawks and the sound of drums greeting you from the forest. Visit with Emberá villagers, a local community eager to share their heart, song and dance. Browse their woven baskets and wooden handicrafts and take home a souvenir! Later, we celebrate the whole adventure with a farewell ensemble dinner and slideshow.
DAY 8 Panama City, Panama. Disembarkation. What a week! After one last freshly-baked pastry, transfer to Panama’s international airport, OR begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour in Panama (ask for details!).
- Panama Canal Transit (late afternoon or night transit; controlled by canal authority)
- Visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Darien Jungle, Caribbean port of Cartagena
- Indigenous cultures: the Guna people, Embera village
- Cruising along the Darien Gap and Pearl Islands
- Canoeing (motorized) the Darien Jungle’s Mogue River
- Marine life search in the Gulf of Panama
- Tropical rainforest hikes and walkabouts at historic forts and towns
- Wildlife: monkeys, macaws, white-faced capuchins, sloths
- Snorkel, kayak, paddleboard or skiff in island archipelagos
- Phone: 888.862.888 (US/Canada); 800.5006.0006 (international toll-free)
- Email: [email protected]
- SM: @UnCruise, YouTube
- Length/Departs: 8 days/October 2020 (3 departs)
- Accommodations: Small cruise ship
- Price: from $4,895 USD (ask if there any current savings on offer)