SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN

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Secrets of the Southern Caribbean

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From $ 1,299 pp

Portobelo, Panama



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Portobelo, Gatun Locks & Panama Canal Expansion
After boarding the buses, you will start your tour in Gatun Locks. Take this opportunity to pause and view the ships that make their way through the Gatun Locks chambers. After you learn as much as possible from the Panama Canal and how it works nowadays, you will go to the new Observatory Platform of the Panama Canal Expansion to an IN-FIELD experience of the Panama Canal Expansion. You will hear a detailed explanation from an expert on the design and the construction and operation of the biggest engineering project worldwide and it will amaze you. Then, it will be back to the ship, filled with knowledge and history making your stay in Panama far more memorable.

Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent and your camera.


price $95
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3 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Portobelo, Historic Portobelo
This will be a 3-hour tour that will really give you an extra value to your cruise and offer something different! Start this unique excursion by disembarking your ship in Portobello Town. This place was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, and was named Portobello because of the beautiful view of the place. Just imagine the fortifications used by the Spaniards to protect their settlements. Imagine the fairs of Portobello, where many treasures, gold, fabrics and even slaves were trade. It was attacked by Henry Morgan and many others pirates, buccaneers and corsairs. You will begin your walking tour learning all the history behind this important site, and stopping for some handicraft and souvenir shopping.  You will then have the opportunity to experience the African heritage culture with a show and dance which will mix the cultural aspects of the Panamanian Caribbean people.

Please note:  Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and your camera, and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $79
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6 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Portobelo, Panama City Highlights
On this tour you will take a 1.5-hour drive from coast to coast along the roadway, which links the Atlantic to the Pacific and on to the fascinating city of Old Panama. Panama became a terminal for the only route between the two oceans and a vital communication link between Spain and its colonies in the Pacific. Your guided tour will begin with a visit to Panama Viejo (Old Panama). Founded in 1519, this scenic excursion will take you to the ruins of the churches, colonial palaces, bridges and military buildings that attest to country's grand past. Panama Viejo is where the main city originally stood until destroyed by a band of pirates under buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan in 1671. As you sightsee the area, your guide will share Panamanian history and legends and points out significant sights.  Continue on to Casco Antiguo, the old Colonial City. Casco Antiguo displays a mix of architectural styles, which in turn reflect the cultural diversity of the country. Caribbean, Republican, Art Deco, French, and Colonial architecture mix in this historic area. Most of Panama City´s main monuments are located in Casco Antiguo. During your walking tour you will see the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Theater among other buildings. Continue on to your final destination, Las Bóvedas, the sea wall of the Spanish Fort on the point of the peninsula. The area's walkway will provide a panoramic view of the Amador Causeway, Bridge of the Americas and the skyscrapers of Panama City. Survey Panama City, from old to new from your transportation on the way back to the ship.

Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent and your camera.


price $89
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6.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

culture

walking
Portobelo, The Best of Panama
You will travel by air-conditioned motor coach through the rainforest on a 20-minute drive to Melia Hotel on the Gatun Lake. The Panama Canal rainforests are some of the most accessible green zones in the world. With over 50,000 acres of pristine rainforest, this natural gem hosts an incredible 105 species of mammals, 525 species of birds and 124 species of reptiles and amphibians. The canal requires a vast rainforest watershed to feed water to its lock system, which uses millions of gallons each day. Since the rainforests are so important to the national economy, the Canal Zone has had to actively preserve its natural resources, providing pristine green areas and excellent photo opportunities. You will arrive at Gatun Lake and board your motor launch. During the 1-hour cruise your guide will explain the rainforest ecosystem and point out sights of interest. Keep an eye out for monkeys, toucans, and sloths. After your guided tour of the lake, discover paradise in its purest form encountering the Embera Indians. The Embera are a unique and beautiful people. This tribe still lives in harmony with their natural surroundings in the rainforest. Witness traditional song and dance along with music performed on handmade instruments. The Embera possess an amazing botanical knowledge, and they are a warm and friendly people. After meeting the Embera and witnessing their performances, you will have the opportunity to purchase native handcrafts.

Please note:  Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and your camera, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Wildlife sightings not guaranteed.


price $145
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Santa Marta, Colombia



4 HRS

Strenuous

wildlife

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Santa Marta: Eco Walk in Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park is located on the Atlantic coast northeast of Santa Marta.  Home to numerous species of animals, birds, reptiles and vestiges of the Tayrona culture, the landscape is covered by lush vegetation and huge unique white rock formations breaking the waves of the Caribbean Sea.  You will board a bus for the 45-minute ride to Tayrona. Upon arriving at the park, you will take a nature trail walk along the 9-stone path to learn about the flora, fauna and Tayrona culture and you will view one of the stunning beaches.  Then you will head to the Mirador Eco-Habs Resort set in the beautiful tropical environment for refreshments.  Take time to visit "La Piscinita" (the little pool) beach, where you can go for a brief swim and rest or chat with the Tayrona Natives.  Small lizards and birds are common sightings.  After soaking in the pristine and serene natural beauty of the park, it’s time to head back to the ship.
 
Please note: Ecological walking at the park includes extended periods of walking and standing. Ecological walking is optional and guests can stay at the beach and/or park facilities if they choose. 


price $85
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4 HRS

Strenuous

hiking

wildlife

sightseeing

beach
Santa Marta: Quebrada Valencia Ecological Experience & Waterfall
You will board a bus for the 1-hour drive to Valencia Waterfall. This impressive cascade of crystalline water among rocks and crags, offers an unequaled spectacle making this place a must see.  The natural waterfall, descends from the Sierra Nevada, which is the tallest mountain bordering the sea in the world with perpetual snows, forming a series of natural pools that are suitable for enjoying a refreshing swim and observing a variety of fishes.   It is surrounded by a variety of exotic vegetation and fruits, such as cacao and plantain. Quebrada Valencia belongs to the countless ecological and tourist destinations that Santa Marta offers. You will take a 30-minute hike then you will have free time to get to know the area, dive into its waters and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $49
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Santa Marta: Santa Marta Highlights
This tour provides a glimpse of the third most important port and second tourist city of Colombia. You will board your motor coach to begin your tour of Santa Marta.  You will visit The Gold Museum to admire the museum’s pre-Colombian artifact exhibit and a small, yet priceless, collection of Tayrona gold and pottery pieces. Then you will head to the first church in the city, the Church of Santa Ana, built in 1529 by Fray Thomas Ortiz, a Dominican friar. Your next stop will be at San Pedro de Alejandrino Villa. Dating back to the 17th century, San Pedro de Alejandrino had its origins as a country estate outside the city limits. In 1830, the great liberator Simon Bolivar used it as a refuge for his last days. The interior of the house has been restored and the extensive gardens have been returned to their former glory. Following the tour, re-board the coach and drive to the Irotama Hotel to enjoy a delightful display of Colombia’s history and culture during a folklore show featuring traditional songs and dances, soft drinks are included.

Please note: The terrain at the villa is uneven and there are steps to get up to the gold Museum. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $55
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