Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal
The 8-day Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal cruise is a perfect combination of culture, history and nature. Transit the Panama Canal, meet the people who live in the Darien Jungle and Guna Yala Islands, and visit historical landmarks like World War II fortifications and the Palace of Inquisition.
Jump right into adventure by taking a motorized native canoe through the Darien Jungle in Panama, where the Embera villagers share their songs, dance and craftsmanship of woven baskets and wooden handicrafts. Find out why Isla Taboga is known as “the island of flowers” and visit what is touted to be the second oldest church in the western hemisphere. While transiting the Panama Canal, watch line handlers manage the ships through changing sea levels in the locks. Expect a later afternoon or night transit accompanied by onboard narration and educational videos explaining the canal’s engineering feat.
While sailing to Colombia, add more wildlife sightings to your list: dolphins, sea turtles, humpback and sperm whales, magnificent frigatebirds and maybe even barracuda. Arrive at the 360 Guna Yala Islands, dotted with palm trees, thatched roofs, coconut groves, white sand beaches and plenty of snorkeling opportunities. Meet the Guna people, one of the best-preserved cultures in the Americas, and admire their “molas,” detailed handicrafts that you’ll want to take home.
In Colombia, hike between almost forgotten towns of Capurgana and Sapzurro through the Darien jungle, looking out for toucans, parrots, howler and squirrel monkeys. White sand beaches and turquoise waters await for snorkeling and beachcombing. Kayak, swim and paddleboard in the archipelago of San Bernardo where vibrant corals and clear waters are home to rainbows of darting fish. Finish the trip in the colonial walled city of Cartagena and walk through narrow streets, to see the oldest church there, the Palace of Inquisition and San Felipe de Barajas Castle.
The 8-day Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal is aboard the 66-guest Safari Voyager, which is perfectly suited for an active and culturally rich adventure. In addition to the main itinerary, there is also a reverse itinerary that begins in Cartagena, Colombia, and ends in Panama City, Panama. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to cruise coastal Colombia, transit the Panama Canal, visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and immerse in the vibrant jungles of Panama and Colombia.
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